So be prepared for a pretty biased review of Zombieland. I am a huge fan of the Zombie genre as anyone who knows me will tell you. I also own the soon to be “Zombie awesomeness” domain name thezombiejournal.com. That said I still recognize the fact that a lot of Zombie movies are pretty crappy, in fact, a lot of them are just downright awful. I had a feeling from the start that Zombieland would be different. I mean first it’s got Zombies (always good for a zombie movie), and second it’s got Woody Harrelson, what could possibly go wrong? I still had a tiny fear that it might still suck though, and I wanted this movie to be good, I wanted it to be the next Shawn of the Dead or even better, and I’m happy to say that it completely blew my expectations away.
12 seconds and you are captivated
The first five minutes of this movie is arguably one of the best parts of the movie, that’s not to say the rest of it is not equally engaging, but the intro is really the definition of Zombie awesomeness. I don’t want to spoil the movie, and I won’t, but everything from the intro song which is just absolutely classic, to the imagery and camera work, you won’t be able to look away from the screen. You will be horrified and laughing uncontrollably simultaneously. Zombie land is all horror and all comedy wrapped up into one nice dark humor package. The gore is over the top and gives Romero films a run for their money. It’s also extremely realistic looking, no cheap fast camera cuts to hide the cheesy zombie makeup that we see in so many other Zombie films, no you really do get to see these zombies nice and close up in their full gooey glory, and no one is spared. You will see every type of zombie imaginable, even cute little zombie children.
There isn’t much more I can say about this movie without giving too much away. If you are a zombie fan then you have probably already seen it, and if not, what is wrong with you, go see it! If you are not a Zombie fan you will probably be pleasantly surprised, so go see it also. I would go so far as to say Zombieland is the best film I have seen this year, and I can’t wait to see it again. Now we can look forward to the World War Z movie.