Oct 12, 2009

Zombieland Review

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The story follows Columbus (Jesse Eisenburg) a neurotic, nerdy 20-something college kid. There's no mention of cause for the outbreak of zombies in this film, but Columbus is narrating, so there shouldn't be. He details for the audience his first run-in with the walking dead, and then jumps to the present where he befriends a kill-spree-loving redneck, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), and distrusting femme fatals, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).

Just about everything in this movie was done right. The characters were believable, the acting was top notch, the jokes were timely and hilarious, and the horror was downright terrifying. You will be crapping your pants like never before when these zombies attack people you care about, even though you were just in tears laughing as they maul nameless extras. So much in this movie works, that when you see something that's the least bit disappointing, something you'd probably overlook in any other film, it becomes a glaring blemish. My biggest complaint is Woody Harrelson's dialog. He had some of the cheesiest, lamest, most unoriginal lines imaginable. But he kicks SO much zombie butt that you can't complain about his character, or his acting.

And while Nick does not share my sentiments, though does not particularly disagree, I love Emma Stone. I'll watch anything with her in it, and drool over her no matter what.

My Highlights:
The opening credits hit really hard for us, because while the visual montage is so gruesome and hilarious, it's got this dark, taboo, evil to it. And that evil comes in the form of "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica. Woody Harrelson's final standoff with what can only be described in Left 4 Dead terms, as a massive zombie horde is incredible and will have you rooting for him, as well as his achieving the one accomplishment he started the film setting out to do - find a delicious twinkie.

Overall Rating:
One of the better movies that you could possibly see this year, but I'm sad to say I can only award it 4 *'s. It's definitely one of my absolute favorite zombie movies ever, possibly even beating Shaun Of The Dead, but at the end of the day, that's still what it is - a zombie movie. A five star zombie movie may be the hardest obstacle to overcome, because they're all so constricting to the same formula. But this is definitely a fantastic movie, that you'll want to see with a big group of people and make your evening a party.

When You Should See It:
Right away, while it's in theaters. This seems like a film that's going to be in theaters for quite a while until it's bled everyone dry, but it has all the merit to do this. It's going to be rubbing elbows with cult favorite status, so get in while the going's good.

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