Re-Watch: Zombieland (2009)

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray
Seen on: 24.11.2019
[Here’s my first review.]

In the near future, there are barely any people left – most of them have been turned into zombies. Among the survivors are Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who stumbled upon each other by chance and decided to stick together for a while, though the obsessive and anxious Columbus and the toughtalking, explosive Tallahassee don’t have much in common. When they run into Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), the girls first rob them, but later on, they throw their lot together, hoping to reach a place where they’re safe.

When I saw Zombieland for the first time (almost a decade ago), I was utterly cahrmed by it. Re-Watching it now, I have to admit that it lost a bit of its sheen, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

The film poster showing Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), all with weapons in their hands.

Zombieland was not the film to kick off the entire zombie comedy genre, but it certainly cemented it as a valid and profitable endeavor. That means, many films like it have come in the decade since its release, and coupled with the fact that a lot of the film itself has entered pop culture with quotes and references dropped here and there, it just doesn’t feel as fresh as it did before.

Which I guess is okay for a re-watch, but I’m afraid that it would also feel that way had I seen it for the first time now. Still, there is still a lot of fun to be had with it and I don’t regret re-watching it before watching the sequel that finally came out.

Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) in action against a zombie.

Zombieland has a great cast, all four having good chemistry with each other and nicely playing off of each other, making it easy to care for the characters, despite the fact that there is not much characterization beyond stereotypes. Bill Murray’s cameo remains one of the greatest cameos and still works even when you know what’s coming. Generally, the film has excellent comedic timing, but I had remembered its character work a little better than it was.

While my reaction to the film may have been definitely more luke than warm this time around, I was still thoroughly entertained by the film.

Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) standing next to each other.

Summarising: Fun.

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