It’s time to nut up or Shut up…again. With this not so eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2009 cult classic
DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer
STARRING: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin
SCREENPLAY: Dave Callaham and Rhett Reese
GENRE: Horror Comedy
RUNTIME: 99 Mins
★★★★ 4 Stars
I don’t know if I should give this film a higher rating for the pure fact that for the first time in a really, REALLY long time, a comedy actually made me laugh out loud. In the cinema. This was genuinely hilarious and continues in the same almost perfect vein as the first one. Lovers of Zombielandwill not be disappointed.
For those who don’t know, Zombieland follows an unlikely bunch of characters as they try and survive life in America post Zombie Apocalypse. Only by now Little Rock has decided that the makeshift family they have made for themselves isn’t right for her anymore and she takes off with an almost complete stranger to join a commune. Double Tap follows the rest of the group as they try and bring her home. Picking up a few strays along the way.
The writers behind these films really have got the balance just right. There is just enough comedy balanced with horror and emotional scenes to make the whole thing just…work. Usually I would think that this wouldn’t be kind of thing at all, but there really is something for everyone here.
With a cast as fantastic as this one, there was never really going to be a bad word to say about the acting performances. Emma Stone gives an amazing performance throughout, being the one for me that had to show the greatest emotional range and doing it fantastically. Her character has really come a long way since the first film and watching them so close together meant I could really see the development that the writers tried to get in there.
The silliness is still there of course. This really is a film where you have to suspend a lot of belief. Madison’s character is great, but let’s face it, in a real zombie apocalypse, she would have died real early on. Unless of course you subscribe to Tallahassee’s explanation, which is that, the reason she is alive is because zombies eat brains and she is seriously lacking in that area. A lot of the comedy in the film does come from her character, but after a while I did start to get really tired of her. There is only so much stupidity one can find funny before you start hoping she does get eaten by flesh craving monsters. And for me that come real quickly after we find out she was still alive towards the end of the film. It just wasn’t necessary.
And apparently even in a comedy, a big final battle scene has the power to make me hold my breath and lean forward with my elbows on my knees. Everyone got the ending they deserved (yes even Madison). It was a truly awesome finale with a heart-warming ending and I am hoping that after such a great ending they decide to leave the franchise here. I feel it would cheapen such a fantastic ending if they then tried to carry on the story.
This may be the only comedy I ever give a four star rating too, so take it from me, this is a good’un. If you enjoyed the first one, the follow up is must and if you didn’t…well you should. The go watch this sequel.
Recommended for people who enjoyed:
Shaun of the Dead
Zombieland: Double Tap in in UK cinemas Now!