It’s quite possible that prior to 2009, the closest thing to a zombie-related film I saw was either the Thriller music video, Monster Squad (in which I think the zombie played a small role) or a two-minute portion of one of the Night Of The Living Dead movies involving a crazy motorcycle sex scene as I flipped through the channels late one night.  After watching Shaun of the Dead last year, I opened my mind to the possibility that zombie movies could be enjoyable if done right.  Thus far this year I’ve already seen two – 28 Days Later and now Zombieland.

Zombieland

Zombieland

I had heard this was an entertaining movie, but I had no idea how good it was going to be.  I don’t know how Zombie-movie purists feel about this film, but anyone who’s not afraid of a little blood, guts and dark comedy would likely enjoy it as much as I did.

One of the best parts of the movie were the rules that the main character presented as the narrator as tips for living in Zombieland.  I could list out the ten rules that he gave during the span of the movie, but you have to see it to understand why they were funny.

Speaking of the main character, Jesse Eisenberg isn’t the best actor in the world, but he’s growing on me with this performance and from Adventureland.  He’s not quite as awkwardly cool as Michael Cera, but he’s got a quality to him which makes him seem like he could be the guy that lives down the street who knows about some cool bands but usually just listens to them alone in his room.

Woody Harrelson was not surprisingly great in this movie as the gun-happy loner who agrees to drive Eisenberg’s character east.  Towards the end of the film, Woody has one of the greatest scenes I’ve seen all year when he gets to the amusement park.

Prior to this movie, I had only seen Emma Stone in Superbad, but she was an acceptable love interest for Eisenberg.  I still don’t find her attractive, but she has aged well since Jonah Hill was trying to sleep with her in Superbad.

Abigail Breislin was entertaining in Zombieland.  It was a big departure from her Olive character in Little Miss Sunshine.  This role was a lot deeper than I had initially expected, and she unsurprisingly played it well.  It was hilarious seeing her holding a shovel on the movie poster, knowing its use was for attacking zombies.

I won’t tell you who had a cameo in this film because I don’t want to ruin it, but it was easily one of the best cameos I’ve seen in years – likely since Old School.

There aren’t many members of my family to whom I would recommend this movie, and only about half of my friends would likely give it a chance, but the ones who would watch it are going to really enjoy it.

It’s not going to win my Best Picture of the 2010 Quest for 75, but I’d definitely watch it again.  It set up quite nicely for a sequel, and I’ll do my best to see that one in the theater.

Best parts of the film:

Woody Harrelson’s killing spree in the amusement park

The 1997 conversation

The award-winning zombie kill


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