So, the zombie genre has finally come to this. Sure it was a slippery slope, from Romero’s disturbing Dawn of the Dead (zombies congregate in a… shopping mall?) to the hilarious Shaun of the Dead (decapitation by vinyl record, HAH.) These movies recognized the absurdness and humour of the genre, but in the bloodiest, most badass way possible. Well, Zombieland has taken it TOO FAR. It’s zombie meets DISNEY, for chrissakes.
Directed by Ruben Feischer, the film follows the story of a geeky World of Warcraft-playing student (Jesse Eisenberg, the thinking man’s Michael Cera) and the rules he lives by in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. On his adventure, the kid is joined by a gunslinging “cowboy” (Woody Harrelson), and a team of wise-ass sisters (Abigail Breslin and stone cold fox Emma Stone.)
Zombieland is a comedy first, and zombie film second. Maybe it’s because I was recently exposed to the bloody, disgusting awesomeness that was REC  during TIFF and my standards are set too high, but I left the film thinking “….meh.” The jokes were just cheesy, and obvious. The best ones, of course, were ruined by the trailer. In a week, I bet all of the fourteen year old boys and members of fraternities on your facebook will have updated their statuses to say “Nut up or shut up.” (Not even made funny by Hollywood’s favourite pothead, the loveable Woody Harrelson. Man, he made Will and Grace awesome. So why not this?)
Jesse Eisenberg was… annoying. I understand why they casted him, but for some reason his inability to talk in a more-than-monotone-voice just doesn’t work in this movie. Emma Stone is a fox. I love her. She can bring funny to even the shittiest of roles (think House Bunny.) But despite her awesomeness, she fell flat. (Kind of like her chest. Unfortunately, she seems to have succumbed to the Hollywood diet and looks like Lindsay Lohan‘s twin. Eat some fried chicken, Emma.)
I must say though, I really did enjoy the opening credits. Because I am amused easily. And, honestly? I WAS amused by this movie. Memorable, though? Not really (except for a KILLER cameo. hint: think Ghostbusters re-enactment. ack, i’ve already said too much.)
Okay fine, it’s a comedy first and a zombie movie second. Sure, my inner zombie fan is disappointed by the weak plot. Maybe I could have forgiven that if the jokes were actually funny. Unfortunately, in Zombieland the humour falls, um, dead. HEY-OH.
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