Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

Release date: October 18, 2019
Running time: 99 minutes
Starring:  Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone

10 years after the original “Zombieland” hit the theaters Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are back for “Zombieland: Double Tap” as they take refuge in Washington, D.C. on their way to the American heartland.  But they don’t take refuge just anywhere, they end up the President’s Palace where they can almost resume life as normal.  But despite this protection, issues develop that will year the makeshift family yet again. 

Zombieland: Double Tap continues the comedic interpretation of the zombie apocalypse. As much as you may want to take the drama and suspense seriously, the movie quickly reminds you to have fun with its comic-style mayhem.  And even with intense action it still finds ways to keep this movie fun specifically with some new asides and awards. Not to mention this movie has a ton of irreverent pop culture references to keep you on your toes. The cinematography was enjoyable but I particularly liked the lack of CG as most of the zombies were actual actors. It’s refreshing to see this attention to detail and I didn’t realize how nice it is to not have to step into the uncanny valley! 

Although this film is about the classic foursome, the addition of new cast member Rosario Dawson adds another layer of stardom to this movie and she is a joy to watch. Her chemistry with Woody was epic. But let it be known, the character Madison played by Zoey Deutch absolutely stole the show. She managed to take a cliche role and make it the highlight of the film. I thank her for the headache achieved from overly laughing.

With a runtime of 99 minutes, this movie was a fun adventure and the perfect October weekend movie to get into a humorous Halloween spirit. The film is a satisfying sequel to the cult classic, with an all star cast (with fantastic new additions) and laugh out loud comedy.  I think Columbus’s next survival rule would be see this film!

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