Sunday, March 28, 2010

Zombieland. A-

The zombies in 'Zombieland' are more of the backdrop to the story than pieces of it. Sure, they're the reason the movie goes where it does go, but there's actually more interaction between the few survivors of Zombieland than there are with the zombies. But that's not to say the movie doesn't relish the freedom to toss in a few hungry, bloody, disgusting zombies when it feels the need to. But the fact that this thing isn't filled with zombies is the reason it works so well. People running from zombies or smashing their heads off with baseball bats can be both funny and entertaining. But you can't have too much of a good thing, and 'Zombieland' thankfully respects that. America has been plagued by a zombie outbreak and the only known survivors are a nerdy college student named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a twinkie-seeking red neck (Woody Harrelson) and two disloyal sisters, played by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. They group up in a yellow Hummer and, with a bag of loaded guns, begin a trek across America. I guess it's sort of like 'The Road' only with zombies instead of cannibals. Oh yeah, and 'Zombieland' is a hell of a lot funnier, too. Jesse Eisenberg continues his string of good comedies after the wonderful 'Adventureland.' I've mentioned that he's just like Michael Cera, only after seeing this I think he might be a tad more dorky and laugh-inducing. But to me the real strength was Harrelson, who may be the most variable actor in Hollywood. In 2009 alone he played a red neck cowboy, a freaky scientist, and a tough army Captain, the latter for which he earned an Oscar nomination. In 'Zombieland' Harrelson is hilarious and though you wouldn't expect it, you really care about him at the end. I loved this movie. With a title like 'Zombieland' you expect it to be really stupid or really fun. Well I guess it's actually both. It's stupid fun and very, very hilarious.

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