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Movie Review: Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland – 2009 Comedy/Horror Before watching Zombieland, I was unsure of whether or not I was going to like it. The only other movie I’ve seen starring Jesse Eisenberg is Adventureland — and that movie was a fraud. The trailers for that made it look like a pretty funny movie, but it’s not — the […]

ZombielandZombieland – 2009
Comedy/Horror

Before watching Zombieland, I was unsure of whether or not I was going to like it. The only other movie I’ve seen starring Jesse Eisenberg is Adventureland — and that movie was a fraud. The trailers for that made it look like a pretty funny movie, but it’s not — the only funny parts in the whole movie are in the trailer.

Similarly, Zombieland is a movie that ends in “land”, stars Jesse “I only got this role because Michael Cera must’ve been busy” Eisenberg, and it had a funny trailer. Luckily, this trailer wasn’t false advertising; in Adventureland, when it felt like I was watching it for three hours I looked at the time and realized I was only watching it for ten minutes. In Zombieland, it felt like the movie just started a few minutes ago when it was ending.

Zombieland is a fun movie to watch; the 80 minutes just fly by. It doesn’t really feel like it drags at any moment. All four main characters are likable and I wouldn’t consider any of them annoying (which was a pleasant surprise because you’d figure that a 13-year-old girl in a zombie movie would be one of the whiniest, most annoying characters ever) — but the best character is easily Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson. Almost everything he does is hilarious (especially all of his interactions with Eisenberg’s character).

Three paragraphs in and I haven’t even talked about the action, which is probably the main part of the movie; it’s bloody, gory, and awesome. I hope that they never make a Dead Rising movie. In a world where Zombieland exists, a Dead Rising movie isn’t necessary at all — this is better than a Dead Rising movie could ever be.

Zombieland is probably the 2nd best movie I’ve seen from 2009 (with the best being The Hurt Locker). Even though it’s not the type of movie to get Oscar nominations, I would love to see it nominated for Best Picture since they upped the number of nominations to 10. That probably won’t happen, but Woody Harrelson should at least be nominated for Best Supporting Actor (if Robert Downey Jr could be nominated for Tropic Thunder, it’s possible).

Zombieland‘s the type of movie I’ll be glad to watch again when I don’t really feel like thinking about a deep meaning or a confusing plot; it is just a movie where you can turn your brain off for an hour and a half and really enjoy it.

Score = 9.5/10

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