Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Summary: Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg)
survived the apocalyptic plague that turned people into flesh-devouring zombies
because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving
Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare
down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other’s company.
Review: Don’t ask me exactly how a film about the undead can
come across as a feel-good film, but it does. It’s simply terrific. And I loved it.
“Zombieland” combines some of my favorite genres and film flavors:
horror, gore, dark comedy, action, camp. Spectacular. Eisenberg and Harrelson
have incredible on-screen chemistry, and their banter–from one-liners to entire conversations–elevates the film way
above a simple gorefest. Add to that all of Columbus’ rules (my favorite: the double tap), and you’ve got a winner.
Don’t get me wrong: “Zombieland” is full of
disgusting scenes, especially the opener. But soon, the layers of this movie
are peeled back, exposing a multi-faceted feast. Unfortunately, under one of those layers, is a freaky, undead clown. That hit my weak spot. I detest clowns as much as does Eisenberg’s character, so to see a creepy zombie clown just about did me in (I couldn’t even use a photo from the movie depicting this Bozo from Hell). Even though I had to watch the scene through splayed fingers, I watched it. And I realized that if I chose to “nut up,” the payoff in the end would be worth it.
Director Ruben Fleischer
expertly mixes horror and comedy in one bloody mix. The film, campy as it may
be, is carefully directed, so even if the scenes are surreal, viewers buy them.
I mean, we’re sort of talking about a road trip with the walking dead. But in
“Zombieland,” it works.
Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star, and
they both add even more to the rich character cast. It is a bit strange to see
“Little Miss Sunshine” kick zombie butt, but strange in a good way.
We cheer for these flawed and real heroes fighting against the spooky-looking
undead as they search for something more than just a zombie-free zone.
“Zombieland” is not going to teach viewers any
soul-shattering life lessons, but it does have a thing or two to say about relationships and family. On any account, the film will give people some guilty-pleasure
downtime as they watch it.
Extra highlight: “Zombieland is Your Land” featurette
What to serve for dinner: Go with Tallahassee’s fave food:
Twinkies. Try some Twinkie Tacos (www.hostesscakes.com).
2 Hostess Twinkies (mashed)
2 flour tortillas
Fry tortilla in a buttered frying pan until crispy. Sprinkle
with cinnamon and sugar. Spread mashed Twinkies on tortilla and top with warmed
marshmallow whip and cherries.
What to talk about over dinner: What is the best zombie film
you’ve ever seen? The worst? What other films combine this dark comedy/gorefest
genre? What is family to you? What is your favorite Woody Harrelson movie? What was your favorite
“Cheers” episode? Which zombie movie has the scariest undead? Which
“Zombieland” character do you identify with? What rule was your favorite? Could you guess the rule before it was shown? Is it true Twinkies can
survive for years on the shelf? What’s your opinion on coconut?