This year has been filled with a pile of blockbusters, truly one of the best years of film in recent years. With the releases of Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Lion King, and Detective Pikachu all out this year, it feels as if there are too many films to follow, see, and eventually review.
One film coming this year that’s been tossed under the rug and deserves more buzz hits theaters October 18 is Zombieland 2: Double Tap. It’s time to nut up or shut up!
In Zombieland’s initial release of 2009, our world was a lot different.
Michael Jackson passed away, Obama was inaugurated into office, Instagram wasn’t around, and the iPhone 4 wasn’t released yet. Ten years after the notorious film Zombieland directed by Ruben Fletcher and it is finally getting a sequel!
Zombieland 2: Double Tap brings back the entire cast — Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson — which could be one of the best cores of cast in the history of film.
Also, Ruben Fleischer is returning to the helm as the director of the film. Zombieland 2: Double Tap is definitely a sleeper film of 2019. I haven’t seen many people talk about it or even acknowledge the fact that it’s releasing. To understand why this is such a big deal, you would have to consider Zombieland.
The Original Greatness
The film starts off in an incredible fashion. In this reviewer’s opinion, Zombieland has one of the best intros in cinema history. In just the first three minutes and nine seconds, the movie tells you everything you need to know. Yes, you read that right. It’s storytelling at it’s best — truly impeccable.
Zombieland kicks off by introducing shy, introvert, and antisocial character Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who isolates himself in his college dorm playing World Of Warcraft and drinking loads of Mountain Dew. The whole movie is told by Jessie Eisenburg’s character who is a socially awkward outcast before the apocalypse.
Throughout the film, you see the toll of a zombie apocalypse could have on a person. It’s a work of art watching this kind of person narrate a zombie apocalypse because it doesn’t feel cliche, redundant, or uninspired. It feels like your watching a real person whose life turned around in the blink of an eye.
Everything just clicks in Zombieland. From the casting, screenwriting, acting, tone, and cinematography all meld perfectly creating a thoroughly enjoyable zombie comedy flick. In under 90 minutes, Zombieland achieves more than most films ever can in Hollywood. The way the movie blends comedy, realism, and horror is a work of art.
Bill Murray has a cameo in the film and it is glorious! It doesn’t feel rushed, unnecessary, or out of place. It flows perfectly with the movie and I wish more cameos were like this.
Ruben Fleischer and crew pull off a stellar job of building their characters in the film. Unlike many Zombie tales, Zombieland solely relies on the characters and their development. It’s more than just a “zombie apocalypse.” Zombieland is somewhat of a character story.
A lot of people wonder what makes a good movie. Nine times out of 10 the answer is character. Character builds the story or the story builds the character.
Zombieland takes it time to develop their characters and go through an arc in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Zombieland’s main characters have experienced their share of hardships in previous relationships. But in the middle of this zombie-littered world, they learn to trust one another and form what blooms into a family bond.
After 10 years of banter about Zombieland and wondering about a sequel, it is finally coming. It boggles my mind that no one’s really talking about Zombieland 2: Double Tap. It’s not like the film is another forced sequel or one to a forgettable movie. Zombieland 2: Double Tap has been severely overlooked by blockbusters throughout the year and I’m sure it’s going to be a surprise in more ways than one.