Zombieland is a action comedy film set in a zombie apocalypse, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray, the film follows individual survivors each with their own separate girls meeting and coming to a mutual agreement to travel together to try and reach what they want.
The film has a small main cast but everyone is great and distinct in their respective roles with this film arguably being Emma Stone and Eisenbergs’ breakout roles as Wichita and Columbus, the characters also chose to use states as their names rather than real names, another quirky thing about the movie. Zombieland has a distinct comedic undertone to it and it has no qualms in being more of a silly movie, the tone is understandably light and the characters all fit in well with the world. Highlighted by things like the zombie rules for survival that Columbus brings to the film, ‘Dont forget to double tap’, showing how people improvise in the post apocalypse and go about their own separate ways to do things. The writing for the film is great and the comedy works with effective character idiosyncrasies and traits brought to life by Eisenberg and Stone especially, their awkward dialogue and interaction is funny to watch as they grow closer and Eisenberg nails the bumbling, insecure teen role, which he’s come to be known for now.
The zombies do sort of take a back seat to the story as a whole in the film though, being obstacles in the way to get past but interestingly for a zombie film, surviving in the world isn’t exactly the problem for the characters and they mostly get on just fine, though Columbus can get a bit panicky around zombies close up.
Not everyone is that moral or good in general, Tallahasse (Woody Harrelson) being the closest thing to ‘bad’ in the film, he doesn’t want to be held up or slowed down by others but won’t exactly abandon vulnerable people either. Seeing different people react to each other in different ways is interesting as you don’t know how people will act, whether hostile, friendly or nonchalant.
Tallahasses’ relationship with the others is quite interesting, with Columbus especially who he treats like a younger brother and they practically have a faux sibling rivalry, while Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are like sisters to each other, the group grows closer over time and end up practically becoming family. Zombielands‘ story is great with an engaging, interesting plot with twists you don’t necessarily see coming including a funny Bill Murray cameo, it’s a different kind of zombie film but a solid and quite engaging one.
. Story is great, well written
. Nice balance of drama and comedy
. Well written, interesting characters