Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I love Zombies

Zombieland is just pure fun, one of the many movies that peddles genre kitsch, and one of the few with enough wit and ingenuity to make kitsch truly soar.

Like Shaun of the Dead before it, Zombieland exists in a world suddenly taken over by nasty, lurching zombies, a world in which the only remaining humans are ridiculously funny. The major difference between the two films is that this one is all about kicking zombie ass, hardcore-style, from start to finish. Woody Harrelson plays the chief zombie basher, and he is a perfect fit for this movie, looking like he's having more fun than he has in years. The great Jesse Eisenberg, who along with Michael Cera is defining pitch-perfect geek hero acting, is the knowing sidekick whose survival rules are the creative framework for the film. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are the tough-ass sister duo who reluctantly join forces with the two men and launch a white-knuckle assault on the undead.

There really isn't a lot to say about this one...it is one of those movies where the word "awesome" is pretty much review enough. If it is more slam-it-home than a slyer film like Shaun, it also makes a more believable attempt at getting (ever-so-briefly) serious in its character development, and then brings it home with grindhouse thrills, wild ultraviolence, and the now much talked about bit of cameo perfection that completely seals the

was directed by Ruben Fleischer, who shows a ridiculous amount of confidence in his first feature, and was written by journeymen TV writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will most likely be in pretty high demand from this point on. This movie is a much-needed shot of nutty adrenaline in a year that has felt -- no pun intended -- like the walking dead.

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