REVIEW: Zombieland

15 02 2010

It seems particularly fitting that the riotous climactic battle of “Zombieland” should take place in an amusement park.  Really, the whole movie itself is like a carnival ride.  Designed for maximum entertainment, it’s a high-speed tour through the zombie apocalypse told with irreverence instead of the usual sympathy.  The filmmakers understand that the people that watch movies like “Zombieland” get a kick out seeing some comical carnage, and they give it to us gratuitously.

The humor never gets old or boring though, and not just because watching a zombie get owned is one of the funniest things ever.  Much to my surprise, “Zombieland” is also an incredibly witty movie, drawing a great deal of laughs from some uproarious one-liners.  It has the pop culture sting of a Quentin Tarantino script, which is one of the biggest compliments I could give a movie.

In fact, this is one of the rare movies where I wanted to see more.  Clocking in at under an hour and a half, it doesn’t end too soon so much as it ends too quickly for us.  As long as you don’t mind the blood and gore, watching zombies die in as many ways as the screenwriters could think of is enough to satisfy for well over the time they gave us.

The actors are all good, in particular Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, the outrageous zombie hunter with an unnatural affinity for Twinkies.  But let’s be honest, who watches this for Jesse Eisenberg?  Or for Emma Stone?  If you’re going to watch this, it’s because you want to see some zombie horror that doesn’t take itself seriously in the slightest.  Horror comedy has generally been a cult genre, but “Zombieland” is a movie that definitely has the power to make it mainstream in a big way.  This is one kickass horror comedy that will have you busting a gut.  B+

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15 02 2010
mcarteratthemovies

One of the funniest movies I saw in 2009, and certainly the one with the sharpest, wittiest dialogue! I was drawn in by the most unlikely Harrelson/Eisenberg combo, and I was not disappointed in the least. Between this and “The Messenger,” I see Woody Harrelson’s career is on the upswing, and that makes me very happy.

And being someone who hates clowns, Columbus’ final showdown was particularly rewarding. 🙂

16 02 2010
Aiden R

Funniest movie of ’09 if only for the cameo. “Kickass” is the word.

16 02 2010
theteencritic

It really is one of the savviest films of 2009. Actually really smart as a veritable guide for how to survive a zombie attack.

Oh and **** ******. Nuff said. 🙂

17 02 2010
Marshall

Sorry, I had to censor your post. I had the cameo ruined for me, and I don’t want to deprive anyone of the tremendous kick they could get out of it without being informed.

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