Attended the screening of Zombieland on Tuesday (courtesy of Ellie) with herself, Tracy, Alvin, Euvern and Joe. I heard some very mixed reviews about the movie: people complaining it was either not funny enough or not scary enough.
Here are my two cents.
The movie was never meant to be taken seriously, if you did walk into the theatre expecting a true horror flick, you’re just a twit. The corny name gives it away pretty fast. Looking at the posters, the phrases are “This place is so dead” and “Nut up or shut up” – Definitely not horror. I am glad the movie also didn’t attempt to be too blatant with it’s comedy – Stupid funny is just not funny since Borat. Zombieland does not focus on a single genre and instead combines elements of classic horror movies with some pretty decent action scenes and to top it all off, comedy on the sidelines to keep in theme with the corniness. The romance plot felt very clichéd but again, it was just for laughs.
Great movie if you’re like me and you love the gore. What was cool was the Zombies’ makeup that flawlessly seem to combine elements from classics like Night of the Living Dead and even modern day Zombie movies like Resident Evil.
To review this, I have decided not to go for long paragraphs of text and instead some points.
Possible Spoilers below!
I have 5 nit-picks (like I have for everything) about the movie:
- Zombie Intelligence
Zombies seem stupid enough to run into car doors yet they are smart enough to both climb up an Amusement Park rides and slowly let themselves down fences when climbing over them (wouldn’t a Zombie just climb over and drop down?).
- Tallahassee and Little Rock
Corniest cliché of the movie has to be when Little Rock shoots the ride controls because of advice from Tallahassee. This just didn’t need to be in the movie in my opinion. It was just slapped on to create a sense of relationship between Tallahassee and Little Rock.
- Special effects were pretty bad
My golden rule for this is do not use special effects if the budget does not allow for decent quality. Not all action sequences require CGI effects.
- Lack of chainsaw action was very disappointing
Considering the poster itself had a chainsaw, I was looking forward to seeing some Left4Dead action but sadly, I was doubly disappointed. Yes, I love the gore.
- The decisions made by Wichita and Little Rock are unbelievable and do not make much sense
Driving the Hummer into the water to kill maybe 2% of the Zombies around them and losing their only means of escape; Going on that Solero-Shot ride just to get surrounded by Zombies; the whole idea of going to the Amusement Park and starting up the power was stupid altogether.
Also, 5 great things about the movie to look out for:
- The Ghostbusters theme
Don’t really need to justify much.
- On-going jokes
These constant on-going jokes not only gripped the audience but also aided in telling the story.
- In my opinion, great performance by Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee)
Last I saw him was in 2012 where he was wrongly casted. The redneck Tallahassee suits Harrelson much more than the crazy conspiracy theorist, Charlie Frost.
- The Rules of Zombieland
The rules of our scared little protagonist are both believable and funny as hell.
- Left4Dead Similarities
Yeah before watching this, I was told it was the Left4Dead movie. The movie poster showed 4 people with weapons familiar to the game. I wonder how much was inspired by Left4Dead. You definitely can’t deny how much you’ll want to play Left 4 Dead (1 or 2) after watching this. Dark Carnival, anyone?
On a lighter note, Was great to meet (the now worldly-renowned) Amanda after god knows how many years. Apparently, to get her number I had to chat her up. So guys, the pick-up line of 2009 is “Hey, I think I deleted your number”. Go for it. [I am so lame]