It's nice to know that there can be lighter hearted horror movies that aren't based around the concept of "Super Chill Sexy Vampire Teens." It's also nice to know that the industry is capable of releasing a good horror movie that isn't a torture porn along the lines of Saw (XII? XIV? Where are they now?) and the like.
However, the NICEST thing to know is that these two types of movies can be melded into one. That movie being this fall's biggest surprise, Zombieland. I hadn't really heard anything about this movie at all until it got released, and I was really pleasantly surprised. Zombieland basically gave us a new, and in my opinion, better, version of Shaun of the Dead.
What Zombieland did, was bring the classic Zombie genre back into the public eye, with a bit of new flare. Characters in the movie focus less on practicality and realism, and more on old fashioned awesomness. They use double barrel shotguns, that with their extremely long reload time, tend to get people killed in zombie movies. However, its as though movie-God realizes how bad-ass the shotgun is, and cuts the characters some slack. It's little things like this that set Zombieland apart from other movies. Also, Emma Stone being ridiculously attractive doesn't hurt the movie's cause at all either.
As for the characters and the plot, Jesse Eisenberg, seemingly with a fetish for Amusement Park movies, provides witty and funny narration over the duration of the movie, giving us a set of rules for surviving a zombie attack, that on paper make Columbus (Eisenberg) seem a perfectly adequate survivalist, however within the first 10 minutes of the movie, it's made abundantly clear that Columbus wouldn't be getting too far without the backup support of new traveling partner/father figure/twinkie lover, Tallahassee, played hilariously by Woody Harrelson. The movie adds a bit of depth to his character by giving him a past, and a family he's lost, but doesn't dwell too long on the sad parts. The plot advances pretty predictably, but that receives no complaints from me as the plot just keeps getting more fun, with a celebrity cameo that you won't be forgetting anytime soon.
If this review sounds as long winded as it feels, then you'll be glad to hear I'm going to bring it to a close now. Zombieland was a very good movie, and a suitable new wearer of the Best Zombie Comedy crown. With plenty of guns and gore, but with a great sense of humor, Zombieland will most certainly be finding a home in my dvd collection.
1 [-------------8---] 10
an 8 Eh?
That's about as awesome as:
Finding your old Big Wheel in the garage, Mom DIDN'T give it away!
Being in a boat crash, but being saved by dolphins
KFC's New Manly-Ass Double Down Sandwich
I feel like I've seen this somewhere before...