MOVIE REVIEW: Zombieland
Perfect timing to see a movie about zombies…but if you're in the mood for a film on all hallows eve, Zombieland isn't it.
It's not all that scary, but it's not really supposed to be. This is a comedy. The problem is, it's really not all that funny.
Unless you think Woody Harrelson, scouring the Earth for the last Twinkie, passes for humor (I'm even someone, with a sweet tooth, that could appreciate a quest like that).
Here's the premise - the world has been taken over by zombies. Nerdy Jesse Eisenberg (who I've never seen at the same time or in the same place as Michael Cera), hooks up with badass Woody Harrelson, who is a gun totting muscle head (who doesn't have time to kick back and smoke a joint). He's shootin' zombies and taken names.
They run into a couple of females, who they end up taking along for the ride. One is played by Abigail Breslin, who I loved so much in Little Miss Sunshine a few years ago. She's a bit older here, and a bit more annoying (although in her defense, that's how the character is written).
Bill Murray has a very funny cameo, but it hardly makes the laugh ratio high enough for my tastes.
If you remember the trailers for this movie, they played Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" and had some interesting stop-action freeze frame thing going on, as the zombies were getting stabbed, shot, and beaten by the few remaining humans.
It looked interesting, just because it looked so different. When the movie becomes this road trip picture, with two completely different personalities that butt heads the entire time, it just loses steam fast.
A better bet is the romantic comedy Adventureland, also starring Eisenberg, which is a surprisingly cute, humorous teen comedy. One of the best pictures of the year, actually.
I'm wondering what "land" movie Eisenberg will do next.
Zombieland gets a D+, but I can guarantee most critics are going to like it. And I think most movie goers will do. It just wasn't humorous enough to work for me.