Friday, October 18, 2019

Zombieland: Double Tap - Review

Zombieland, much to everyone’s shock in 2009, somehow managed to not be a complete disaster in the face of such overwhelming odds. An original, funny, and clever zomcom came from something that had no business working, and now ten years later, the sequel looks to do the exact same thing. The cast returns for a new adventure in the world of flesh eating undead, and the results are not quite as impressive as before.

Zombie slayers Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) square off against the newly evolved undead.

The reunion of the cast is half the draw to this film, and they don’t really disappoint. The chemistry between the four hasn’t vanished, and watching them take out zombies is still just as fun as it was before, even if it doesn’t feel as fresh as before. Adding Zoey Deutch to the cast doesn’t hurt either. Because even though he character is prime 2009 blonde stereotype, Deutch still sells it unabashedly and it hilarious in every scene she is given. Now let’s just hope she gets the same career trajectory Stone got after the original.

Outside of the cast, nothing about the film is close to remarkable. It’s a sequel that expands on the world ever so slightly but doesn’t go over the top on the scale, a commendable move at the very least. There are moments where the meta-humor and fourth wall breaking type jokes get a little tiresome, but never does it completely remove you from the film either. The whole film just kind of exists, an extension of the first film that still feels like a TV show edited into a movie.

And that’s really okay for a film like this. An inoffensive, slightly repetitive, fun zombie movie with a likable cast. Who can really complain about that? Plus, the mid-credit scene alone might just be worth the price of admission. So if you can sit through ninety minutes of a decent comedy, your reward is a fantastic scene right before you leave.

Zombieland: Double Tap is a decent sequel that still feels entirely unnecessary. The cast is easily the best part, and watching them do anything would at least be entertaining. Which is honestly the best way to describe the whole film: at least it’s entertaining. No one should expect anything astounding from this anyway, but just in case, know that it’s a decent use of 93 minutes if you have nothing else to do.

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