Aug 31, 2010

Another beautiful day in... Zombieland (2009)

directed by Ruben Fleischer / starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin
 I saw this in cinema last year, and now watched it again with my brother, because he wanted to. And I didn't really mind. Zombieland, like anything, was better in cinema, but made me laugh on a small screen, too.
Zombies have taken over the world. I guess it's some virus. Anyway, only a bunch of people still remain, er, people, and they make their best to survive in Zombieland, or Z-land, everyone in their own way. Columbus (not his real name, but you don't use your real name in Zombieland) is geeky, introverted young man, who has survived so far by strictly obeying his neurotic list of rules (e.g. beware of bathrooms, limber up, when in doubt, know way out, and most importantly, double tap). He teams up with Tallahassee, a Southern badass, who was born to kill zombies and eat Twinkies. On their roadtrip they meet Wichita and Little Rock, two sneaky sisters on their way to Pacific Playland.

Jesse Eisenberg is kind of adorable. He delivers his lines with his bone-dry voice, making some of the average jokes actually quite funny. ("Oh, you're about to learn who you're gonna call... Ghostbusters.") I can't wait seeing him in The Social Network! Woody Harrelson is a funny, charismatic guy, and they work very well together with Eisenberg. Opposites forced to get along together is always fun. I like Abigail Breslin, because of Little Miss Sunshine. She has funny scenes with Harrelson's character, that Hannah Montana moment and all. Emma Stone is the mandatory pretty girl, providing the mandatory romance plot. Though I like that one random laugh. Which brings us to THE cameo. Which was obviously very funny. Easily the funniest part of the film.

Zombieland isn't high culture. It has incoherent, idiotic, with a couple of poor, clumsy attempts to make the characters more dimensional and the story deeper, but it's a solid package of bullet-proof (and zombie-proof) entertainment. Some days that's all you can ask.

(Below, something I didn't notice the first time. These are some of the Zombies they were chased by in Hollywood. Seriously, a Tramp Zombie? You don't see that every day, haha. Excellent.)

"I'm not great at farewells, so... that'll do, pig."


Suvi said...

Tämä oli kyllä aivan hauska zombiekomedia, hyvää huumoria. Itsekkin sen viimeviikolla katsoin.

Eeva said...

Totta, oikein viihdyttävä ja nauratti vielä näin toisellakin kerralla. Jos tästä joskus jatko-osa tehdään niin kyllä sekin pitää katsastaa!

Harri said...

I agree with you, THE cameo was easily the best part of Zombieland. Very funny and easy-to-watch though some of the jokes were bad in my opinion.

Have you seen Shaun of the Dead? I haven't but it sounds really awesome. "A romantic comedy. With zombies." is one of the greatest taglines ever. :D

Eeva said...

I have seen it, yeah! And it's very funny, I very warmly recommend it. It's a bit difficult to compare these two, because the humour is so different, but whoever enjoys British humour has to enjoy Shaun of the Dead, too.

Nora of Alusvaatteet Verkkokauppa said...

I have prefered Shaun of the dead to zombiland. But zombiland is still nice and funny zombie movie. Nothing news but good entertainment.

Eeva said...

Shaun of the Dead is a very funny zombie comedy, too, but for some reason I never got around watching it again, while something about Zombieland makes me want to watch it quite regularly.