I heard this was bad. I don’t watch trailers unless I have to and all I had to go on was whether people were excited. The first reactions didn’t seem to be particularly buoyant after it’s release in October 2019. My enthusiasm also waned. Well, it seems that either initial critic responses were flawed (it sits on a 68% critic satisfaction on Rotten Tomatoes) or the movie was. Which was it? Well, according to IMDb Zombieland 2 has a 7.1 /10 rating followed by an audience satisfaction on RT’s of 88%. You be the judge. Zombieland Double Tap was great, I loved it.
Criticism for the sequel centers on the jokes being bad, that it’s predictable, too many one-liners or that there isn’t enough character development. All of these particulars are ones I disagree with wholeheartedly.
Really, the film couldn’t win with the less enthusiastic people. I personally would have hated to have been the original scriptwriters trying to decide whether to push the boundaries or not for a sequel that took ten years to come. But the fact filmmakers had to change original plans for the narratives centered on the script picking up where the first film finished at least showed they cared. The storyline was altered to reflect the original cast getting older. And whatever changes they made turned out just fine.
Also, I was worried about the jokes too. Sometimes a sequel like this simply repeats the same lines. And perhaps it was the J&B whiskey I’d poured that relaxed me to the point of continual giggles but come on, it was funny.
Old Versus New Comedy
Zombieland 2 had the perfect amount of old versus new mashups comedy. For starters, I adore Jessie Eisenberg, I think this guy can do no wrong as an actor and he’s perfectly suited to this type of shtick. Perhaps my adoration for Jesse makes me biassed to the enjoyment level of his films or perhaps he just selects awesome roles. One or both of those things are correct.
Another thing critics were unhappy with was character development. As far as that goes, again, I think they’re wrong, in my humble reviewer opinion. Emma Stone was still her tom-boy but beautiful self as Wichita. Abigail Breslin’s Little Rock brought a familiar coming of age vibe which is difficult to pull off in a setting like this. As for Woody Harelson, his sudden emergence as a father figure was great. It brought everything together as far as him giving two sh*ts about being a team.
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Was Zombieland: Double Tap A Fans Film?
Earlier this year, Breaking Bad released their version of a follow-up film for one of the greatest series ever with El Camino. I’ll be the first to admit that this particular film is a fan’s film. If you were not a fan of the series it had little to offer. For me, I loved it. Therefore a fan. Suffice to say, I am also a fan of the original 2009 Zombieland. This was my most anticipated film for 2019.
It still took me two months after its release-date to get around to seeing it. I needn’t have worried though, Zombieland was fun. It was funny. They introduced lots of new tyes of joyous lingo to refer to the difficulty level of killing certain types of undead. They leveled up Kill of the Month to Kill of the Year with the same amount of gross-out gore and style as the previous film.
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The movie’s core continuance was perfectly contained. Hell, Bill Murray was in the sequel too which was crazy to see. Introducing new characters Albuquerque and Flagstaff as mirrors of our current heroes was genius. Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch served as alternate universe competition for our current duo Tallahassee and Columbus. And they gave us a monster truck! I loved it. It was hilarious and I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. No, I won’t but I’m just saying…
Okay, so maybe this isn’t a film for horror hating folk who don’t have a soft spot for comedy and gore in the same place. Still, watching the original 2009 Zombieland and the 2019 Zombieland back to back might just convince some to give this type of apocalypse horror a go.
I even liked the pink fluff-bunny ditz they brought in. And I despise fluff bunny roles like this but Zoey Deutch as Madison was good and her place in this universe fit nicely. I liked it all.
That is all.
I give Zombieland: Double Tap
4.5 How to double-tap correctly out of 5
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Music of Zombieland, How Could You Not?