JT Film Review

53 – Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland REVIEW

3/5 stars

Director – Ruben Fleischer

Cast – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray

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zombieland-greyedposter-medsizeZombieland is being described as America’s answer to Shaun of the Dead, and it certainly has some similarities to the (better) British zom-com (to coin a phrase.) The movie abounds with gore and violent light hearted decapitations. However due to the extremity of said violence and gore I think it has more in common with the stylings of Hot Fuzz, the other movie made by the Shaun of the Dead team.

Woody Harrelson is the main attraction here, although Jesse Eisenberg is technically the main character. Eisenberg does very well, and his character is well written, but nonetheless gets overshadowed somewhat by Woody and his antics.

The main problem with the movie is the random sacharine moments inserted mainly in the second act. The voiceover by Eisenberg (which is quite funny at times) gets bogged down in navel gazing moments; all essentially variations of the classic line “I then realized that what I wanted was in front of me the whole time.” or such B.S. However when there are funny moments, they are extremely funny. It’s just that in the second act those moments are few and far between.

This movie gets through on guts alone really. No matter what happens we are just pushed through on sheer ballsyness. Woody Harrleson just pushes through with comedic violence and Eisenberg does his nerdly opptomistic observer schtick. We are never presented with anything new when it comes to the humour, but what there is is done stylishly and with great energy.

OVERALL

I’d recommend this movie if you need a night out with a few laughs and a movie that doesn’t challenge you much. It is a fairly fun ride, but in the end is pretty forgettable afterwards. And most of the surprise cameo that everyone is gabbing about really doesnt work. The end of it is funny, but the rest of it is just prolonged “Oh look a guest star playing himself!” stuff that would make The Simpsons blush.

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TRAILER

“Zombieland” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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October 4, 2009 - Posted by | 3 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Comedy, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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