The Zombieland sequel is finally in theaters, and while it doesn’t break new ground for the franchise in terms of narrative, it still offers the same level of comedy, gore, and heart as the original, so if you’re a fan you will have a great time.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.
Hey now fans of rule infused Zombie movies, Matt Heywood here to review Zombieland: Double Tap, or what I like to call, Zombieland all over again, and that’s just fine.
Zombieland 2 doesn’t stray too far from the formula that helped make the original a classic, so don’t expect to be wowed by a whole new narrative approach to the franchise. But that’s okay, because it’s still hilarious, full of over-the-top zombie murder, and wrapped in genuine emotion thanks to the odd family bond shared between the four main characters.
The main cast is just the best, and when they’re all together, it’s hard not to look at them as some sort of functional, dysfunctional family unit. You can tell the big four all enjoy working together and had fun doing so, which shows in the film. Everything from their infighting and insults of each other to how they deal with new survivors is just kind of perfect. They offer a family life I’d sign up for if we ever go through a zombie apocalypse ourselves, so it was fun to see Columbus, Wichita, Tallahassee, and Little Rock’s interactions all these years later.
Although, the new cast mates leave a mark too, especially Zoey Deutch’s Madison, who is an uber ditzy blonde that ticks every valley girl check box. At first, you will hate her, but like the movie characters she interacts with, she somehow grows on you through the humor that comes from her character’s lack of brains per se. She’s just a great character for others to throw zingers at, as well as for one off lines that just make you laugh.
Of course the Zombie carnage is also an item of note in the Zombieland sequel. Once again the kills get super gruesome, yet come off as funny thanks to the tone set in the first film. I mean you witness some horrific kill shots, yet you grin the whole time like a disturbed psychopath, or at least I did, so the action remains brutal, but entertaining if that makes any sense.
Zombieland: Double Tap, while doing nothing new for the franchise, is still a solid, and very funny follow up to the original. I’m honestly not sure I’d want it to be any different really, it’s not like it’s a high art franchise in the first place, so I appreciated the fact that the sequel played it safe and stuck to what made the original a hit in the first place. It’s a 7.5 out of 10 type of flick, and definitely worth a trip to the theaters.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for Entertainment Buddha, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.
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