Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 3:45PM
Studio: Columbia Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Review Rating: 8
In a world where most of the population has turned into flesh-eating zombies, four unlikely survivors band together (eventually) with hilarious consequences.
This is a wonderfully funny movie, and the more unlikely things are, the funnier it gets. Narrated by the geek virgin from Columbus who shares the survivor rules in a dry and charming way, who meets up with the nutjob from Tallahassee with the Twinkie fetish and the any-tool-will-kill mentality, Zombieland takes a much more realistic look at what would happen if zombies really did take over the world. Wichita and Little Rock (all these people are named for where they came from, before) are a pair of girls intent on going to an amusement park for posterity, who keep pulling the wool over on the guys, but in the most uproarious way possible. Even the camera work seems to make fun of the movie, going in for that brutal closeup when a zombie gets his head blown off, and similar things. My favorite part is probably the Zombie Kill of the week, wherein a nun drops a piano on a dead guy!
Woody Harrelson does a great job as Tallahassee, reminiscent of his deadpan fun in Natural Born Killers. Jesse Eisenburg of Cursed and The Education of Charlie Banks fame delivers a stellar performance of the awkward teenager just coming into his own “Nut up or shut up,” mentality. Emma Stone of Superbad stardom delivers as Wichita, cool and collected and calculating. And Abigail Breslin of Nim’s Island fame gives us a good time as Little Rock, Wichita’s sister and accomplice. Finally for us fans, a zombie movie that’s actually funny almost completely throughout.