So the first Zombieland came out in 2009 and I didn’t quite get it at the time.
I liked it, but I didn’t quite get it.
I watched it a few days ago and liked it but I didn’t quite get it.
Now, I’ve seen a few people defend it as an American Shaun of the Dead and would like to ask them exactly when the last time they watched Shaun of the Dead as to me, the whole thing played like I was watching someone else playing Left 4 Dead.
10 years later we get a sequel and again, I liked it but I didn’t quite get it.
I’m impressed that the original cast have returned to their roles and that the tone has remained consistent but other than that I still don’t get what all the hype is about.
I mean, not every zombie film has to have something to say (other than the good ones), nor does every zombie film have to be tense with death constantly following our exhausted and overwhelmed survivors who are only one mistake away from becoming a very rare steak. (Other than the good ones)
Because the Zombies in the Zombieland universe seem to pose absolutely no threat to our survivors in any way shape or form. The fact that our survivors seem to have unlimited ammunition and no need to reload doesn’t help.
But maybe i’m over thinking this. Maybe I should just enjoy a film that’s clearly just here to be a sugar rush film with loads of funny(ish) lines, some cool(ish) action, a couple of good actors blowing off steam before going back to acting for a living and that might be enough for some people. Not every film has to be some deep think piece on the human condition after all.
And I liked the characters, as before I gravitated towards Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee as someone who is clearly having a blast in the zombie apocalypse. I mean yes, it’s yet another American film about how ‘family’ is the people that you hang around with but like with Fast and the Furious there’s heart in among the action.
I’d now like to sum up the plot but this film doesn’t seem to have one.
It has four. Sort of.
We have finding a family member that’s gone missing is I guess the central plot, which blends into a road trip movie as well as having to deal with stronger, tougher zombies. Which all sort of blend together in a messy kind of way. But the film doesn’t seem to do anythign with the new superzombies. Nor dies it really do anything with it’s different types of zombies. They all get introduced like their in an old school Guy Ritchie film and then the film has no plans for them so why bother with different types? Just have your standards (or ‘Homers’ as the film calls them) and then the superzombies (or “T-800” zombies). That would have worked and felt less like a wasted opportunity. Oh and there’s also a subplot about Emma Stones Wichita and Jesse Eisenbergs Columbus having relationship trouble after arguably the dumbest character in film history gets between them. And I have never wanted a character to be eaten by zombies more.
I mean this does feel more like a film and less like a series of zombie shorts than the first and yes, to answer the immortal question I did enjoy this film but it’s a cheesy wotsit of a film. A little puff of taste that doesn’t quite satisfy you, leaves you feeling lightly guilty and then gets all over your hands.
If you liked Zombieland then your going to like this and I can imagine watching it again and enjoying it if I’m channel hopping one night. But I wouldn’t go out looking for it and it’s not a patch on Shaun of the Dead. Which I do frequently go looking for and always enjoy when I catch it when i’m channel hopping late at night.
Zombieland is film as computer game and works on that level with enjoyable characters, some cool moments (a very funny running joke about the groups method of transportation was right up my street.) But this is no classic of the genre and i’m going to forget all about it in ten minutes.
Much like a cheesy wotsit.
My Score- If Nothing Else