Finally, a new movie worth reviewing. Initially, I had intended on seeing several new films that had tickled my interest this weekend, including but not limited to 'The Invention of Lying' and 'Capitalism, a Love Story'. I can't say it's regrettable that I only got to see one film this weekend (busy, busy) since this, Zombieland, was the one we saw.
As for my review, I suppose, like the film's tagline, it's time to 'Nut up or Shut up'. Zombieland is a walk through a post-zombie America, lead and narrated by lead player Jesse Eisenberg who was also hilarious in 'Adventureland' even though that movie mostly sucked. To be honest, I see Jesse as the (probably easier and cheaper to get) version of Michael Cera. Anywho, Jesse plays a gutless, obsessive-compulsive loser who was already living the life of a loner before the Zombapocalype anyways. Longs nights of WoW and pizza dominated his landscape and then WHAM! A real reason to go outside.
Of course, as great as Jesse is, it's Woody Harrelson who steals the movie. From the moment his character pulls up in his big-ass truck spouting off lines straight from Duke Nuk'em, you can't help but want to ride shotgun with him, figuring out the bestest, newest way to achieve the gold star Zombie Kill of The Week. They stumble across a few more survivors, two female characters who play them like a fiddle. Twice. I won't really say more than that about the plot EXCEPT that there's a cameo from quite possibly the greatest actor and comedian OF ALL TIME.
Some might say this movie is a little cheesy. It's actually A LOT cheesy - it glorifies in it, and unlike most movies that are cheesy, this movie manages to turn that cheese into GOLDEN CHEESE. I've said the word 'cheese' about twelve times now, so enough of that stuff. It is what it is, a hearty mix of 28 days later and Superbad with a little bit of Wanted thrown in. I loved it, absolutely loved it and would watch it again and again.
Zombieland - 2009 *****