Wednesday, February 10, 2010
2009 was not the most memorable year in movies for me. I don’t remember a whole lot that happened. I think The Ruins came out, right? I know there was some sick gore in that film, but other than that, I only remember Jenna Malone’s forehead taking up like 4/5th’s of the silver screen.
But then I was pleasantly surprised when on dvd last week when Zombieland came through my desk. I wasn’t too sure if I can stomach another zombie film, but this one had enough gusto to make me like it, and I even went ahead and purchased it, which is a rare thing for me to do lately. I spent my last twenty bucks on getting this film, and it was probably a dumb move because I have no job, no one buys anything from this site, nor has anyone bought any buttons. But all that is irrelevant at this point, because here’s my attempt to talk about Zombieland.
The movie takes a comedic approach to the post-apocalyptic zombie earth. It’s a desolate scene to consider and you see a lot of devastation early on. We meet our main character, he’s the standard hero, too smart for his own good, and a bit on the geeky side. He begins the film with telling us his rules, to comedic effect. Along the way he teams up with a rogue anti-hero who’s sole purpose in the film besides lending some great characterizations is to find some twinkies. We then meet two young girls that turn out to be con artists in a way, and somewhere in the middle of the film we end up with one of the best cameo’s in movie history.
Here’s a trailer for the film Zombieland:
Zombieland is good despite some flaws. I found myself enjoying the comedic elements tied into more serious moments. I didn’t even mind the farfetched love story that was thrown in for good measure. Woody Harrelson really did a great job with his role, and fits perfectly overall. He is a natural, and the rest of the cast really fit in nicely. No one seems forced to perform here, they all just naturally move through the film’s landscape in search of greener pastures.
In the middle of the film there is a cameo that I won’t ruin. You’ll love it, it’s really a great one you’ll be talking about this for days.
The gore levels, the attention to minor details, and the overall seriousness of zombie attacks really mix well in this film. While it’s a horror comedy before it is a straight horror movie, it’s got enough gusto to make even jaded horror movie fans rejoice at a fresh offering from the zombie camp.
Is Zombieland scary? : No.
This film, I don’t think, was meant to be scary. It’s not a scary movie at all. In fact it’s a comedy, albeit very black in its humor. I loved it, and thought it was a breath of fresh air in terms of stylized violence, and zombie attacks.
Sure there are negative moments, and some of the pacing seems a bit off. There are CGI errors that I noted, and there were some unbelievable situations that don’t make sense to me personally. I lived in Southern California near “Magic Mountain” where some of this film was made and the rides and landscape are fabricated to fit the movie, so that took me a back a little. However, minor scrapes and bruises in the course of this film shouldn’t relegate it as a terrible film.
Zombieland is definitely one of my favorite movies I’ve seen for review on this site. I liked it. You might like it too. Check it out on dvd or bluray.
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