Reviving the dead spirit of ZombieLand

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Imagine: it is 2009 and you just bought tickets to go see the new hit comedy, ZombieLand. You sit down on a reclining chair at the AMC with some friends or family, and prepare yourself for two hours of zombie fun. Jokes and limbs are thrown at you from the screen, never missing their mark or comedic timing. The unique characters, gore and jokes stick in your brain. You conclude that ZombieLand is iconic. Flash forward ten years and ZombieLand: Double Tap has been released, the sequel to your favorite, epic movie. But will it measure up to the original?

While ZombieLand: Double Tap has similar elements to the first movie, it does not seem redundant. But, in relation to its plot, that is when it could get a little repetitive. The movie is a violent, funny sequel about four survivors hoping to build a sense of family while being chased by grotesque, brain-eating zombies. The movie follows Wichita (Emma Stone), Columbus (Eisenberg), and Tallahassee (Woody Harrilson), as they move through the Midwest to find their long lost friend Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who had run away. 

With any sequel, the plot must bring something fresh to the movie. The directors had considered adding a prospective character to the film. They looked at actor Ryan Reynolds, but decided to go a different route, and they went with the stereotypical “dumb blonde,” Madison, who lightens the dark mood. She joins the other characters in the ZombieLand hall of fame, always releasing the tensions with her dumb blonde sounding jokes and mannuerisms. Madison was not the only thing that took the film to the next level, the slaughtering did too.

Gore is key in any horror or zombie movie, and ZombieLand: Double Tap did not disappoint. From running over a zombie with a tractor plow, to dropping the Leaning Tower of Pisa on another, there is an endless supply of blood shed for everyone. Though it is not suitable for young audiences, adults and zombie movie lovers alike will find the blood, potty-mouthed language, and innuendos very, to say the least, interesting. 

ZombieLand: Double Tap was not all kicks and giggles, there was repetitiveness to the plot. The first movie was an original idea, but now that the same sort of plot has been repeated through Hollywood, it does not hit as strong as it did in 2009. To say the idea is outdated is an understatement, but the writers make up for it with their jokes. The characters seem to pick on themselves for the repetitiveness, which made this fact a whole lot more tolerable. 

The tedious plot was just one aspect to the movie, and though it brought the movie down a bit, the directors meticulous attention to detail picked it back up. The double meaning in the title for example. Narrator of the movie Columbus (Jesse Eisenburg), has a set of obsessive-compulsive “rules” to lay order to the apocalypse. and“double tapping” the zombies to make sure the undead are in fact dead is a main one. The directors are seen as witty for this one, and rightfully so. 

Certain character mannerisms and catch phrases were carried throughout, which made the whole experience a little more nostalgic, and demonstrated the constant consciousness to detail. For example, Tallahase’s (Harrilson) catchphrase, being too explicit to write out, was used throughout the entire movie. Critics say that this saying was too repetitive and overused, but Tallahase’s catchphrase was a part of his personality and to leave that detail out would be a shame. Likewise without all the other little details included, the movie would have been a whole lot worse, so props to the creators. 

ZombieLand: Double Tap leaves the audience satisfied, despite its repetitive plot. Whatever you do, do not leave before watching the end credits, you will not regret it.

 

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