Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rule #1: Go See Zombieland

Although I kind of felt as though this was the same movie as Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004) I definitely enjoyed Zombieland (Fleischer, 2009).  The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as four of the last living people in a world overrun by zombies.  As a horror-comedy, the film packs lots of laughs but also has some gory, bloody ass-kicking action going on as well. Each character has their own quirks (whether in search of a Twinkie or having an intense fear of clowns) and everyone came together to create a great cast.

While Woody Harrelson was super funny and had some great lines as the fearless "Tallahassee," my favorite character was Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg.  His nice-guy persona and list of rules for surviving in the post-apocalyptic zombie world were great.  The girls were both good too, but did not really add anything special to the film.  But I guess every movie needs a little splash of romance, right?

The film seems to be doing great, coming in at #2 this weekend at the box office and receiving an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.  And many of the top critic are raving about the film.  Michael Ordoña of the LA Times called it a "zombie-killing good time" and Kyle Smith of the New York Post said it is "the funniest broad comedy since The Hangover."  All in all, the film has the perfect amount of gags and gore to please everyone.  As Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine commented, "This isn't just a good zombie comedy.  It's a damn fine movie, period."

So nut up or shut up and go see Zombieland.

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