Jesse Eisengurg as Columbus
Emma Stone as Wichita
Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee
Abigail Breslin as Little Rock
Bill Murray as himself
I’ve never gotten the whole “zombie” thing. Not that I don’t enjoy the George Romero classics. It’s just that zombies, as monsters, I don’t find inherently scary. They’re very plain monsters that walk around looking for victims. I prefer the antagonists of slashers and supernatural horror, not zombie flicks.
And zombies are intended to symbolize excessive capitalism? I suppose if you see political themes everywhere, you might reach that conclusion. But how do wolves hunting prey not make a better point of comparison?
Zombieland is a parody of zombie movies in which the world has been taken over by a zombie apocalypse. There seem to practically few other than four humans left. We begin with a young, love-starved guy named Columbus. He soon meets a badass redneck with an unhealthy obsession with Twinkies named Tallahassee. They meet a woman named Wichita and her little sister, Little Rock. At first, the ladies trick Columbus and Tallahassee into giving up their guns and steal them (the awful state of the world leaves them so paronoid of who to trust that they double-cross first), but circumstances eventually have the two pairs together again and traveling together to defend each other from zombies.
This movie is funny but gory. As per zombie factor, there’s a lot of violence involving these monsters, complete with bloodshed. For American cinema, it’s pretty good.
The humor is the core of this movie. With the rules of surviving in this world, Garfield (the live-action movie) being Bill Murray’s one regret in life, and Tallahassee’s never-ending search for a Twinkie, the jokes are really funny and clever.
Well, mostly. When the setting changes to Hollywood (where there are no zombies), things get rather lame until it’s zombie time again. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick must have had a gag order on what they could and couldn’t mock when it came to their institution or something because things go downhill in the period in which they’re having fun in safety.
Fortunately, this doesn’t last too long. We have a fine ending that ends things quite well.
I admit, maybe I would appreciate this film more if I were a zombie fan. I still rather liked it. I didn’t love it, but it made me laugh. If you like zombies, it just might make you howl.
Overall: 7 out of 10