Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Zombieland: Double Tap
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham
Sequel to: Zombieland
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch
Seen on: 27.11.2019

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have become a pretty strong unit in the last few years they spent fighting against zombies. They are living in the White House and things have settled. As much as they can settle in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. But both Wichita and Little Rock are getting increasingly more antsy. One morning, they are just gone, leaving Columbus and Tallahassee a note but not much of an explanation. Can their found family find its way back together again?

Zombieland: Double Tap was fun in many ways, but others didn’t sit right with me. I often had fun, but the film doesn’t really come together and it begs the question of whether it wouldn’t have been better to just leave it at the first one.

The film poster showing Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) ready to fight.

Zombieland: Double Tap focuses on the central and well-known foursome, but also includes a few new characters. While the “old characters” are the usual heightened comedic stereotypes, they do come with some heart beyond that. In comparison, the new characters feel absolutely shallow. Madison (Zoey Deutch) is a particular egregious example of that – a misogynist trope on two legs, the film is only saved from my feminist rage because Deutch is fantastic and manages to make Madison more than she ever was in the script.

The gender politics in the film generally aren’t great (not that they were in the first film, but it becomes even more pronounced here). Nevada (Rosario Dawson) has no real personality apart from kick-ass – a trait she shares with Wichita, making it clear what kind of woman is definitely hot to the guys. Berkeley (Avan Jogia) is constantly denigrated for being pacifist – that’s neither manly nor practical in a zombie world. That he is the only man of color in the film makes this even more uncomfortable.

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Wichita (Emma Stone) look at Madison (Zoey Deutch) who is looking through binoculars the wrong way round.

That being said, while the film’s perspective is certainly very male and very white (continuing on from the first film), I still managed to have fun with it. It has some nice laughs and expands the world-building, albeit not in a very exciting way. Generally, I’d say, it doesn’t have much to offer beyond the first Zombieland (apart from Deutch). It doesn’t hurt to watch it, but I don’t think you’ll miss much if you just watch the first film and never see this one.

Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) walking through a field, weapons ready.

Summarizing: It’s okay.

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