Monday, 23 July 2012

Zombieland



Zombie movies can be a variety of different things. You could make them scary, gory and truly frightening (dawn of the Dead). Or, you could make them absolutely stupid and funny (Shaun of the Dead). Or, you could make a mash-up, and make it scary, gory, truly frightening AND absolutely stupid and funny. It takes different tastes and ideas to make each method work. Obviously, you need a handful of strong visual effects, an interesting and unique story, and strong characters. Luckily, for all of us, "Zombieland" contains all of this, and what an effect it gives off. 

"Zombieland" follows a guy who calls himself Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who lives in the place he now refers to as Zombieland. He meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), with whom he attempts to escape the zombie hordes which have infested the world. The girls don't trust anyone, and all Tallahassee wants is a Twinkie, but can they all escape this horrific ordeal? 

Well, I can safely say that this is by far the best zombie film I have EVER seen! It was just truly brilliant. I really struggle to find any negativity about it; it's funny, it's gory, it's scary and it's just damn right entertaining. 

First of all; the characters. What made this film so different to all other zombie films is the defining of the characters. Each of the four people has a flashback which explains part of their story, and defines their character. There's a fantastically emotional part in which Tallahassee tells the story of his relationship with his dog, but it eventually turns out to truly be about his young son. The characters all portray their emotions, which make them feel more important to us. 

Next up, the acting. The acting was fantastic, none of the actors/actresses let up, and they all made for strong, believable performances. After all, it is easier to act on a solid script. Zombieland's script is very impressive. The jokes are all subtle, but still appropriate and funny, and the idea of Columbus' "Rules" list was very clever. The screenplay was probably the second best aspect of the film, only behind.... 

The Zombies themselves! The design of the zombies was as ordinary. Fast moving, lifeless looking people with blood dripping from their mouths. It's standard, but we'd be disappointed if they looked otherwise. They were pretty darned scary, if I admit. The way they moved, sprinting with a heavy limp, just creeped me out big time! They were also mainly the funniest aspects of Zombieland; the highlight being Columbus' "Zombie Kill of the Week", in which a Zombie is crushed by a falling piano. 

So, overall, "Zombieland" is a very good zombie film. But, not only is it that, but it is a great film on a whole. It's the complete package for a film of its genre, it fulfils and it never fails to impress. The whole thing passes with flying colours, and this is actually the first zombie film that I will watch again, and it truly has shown me that Zombie films really can be brilliant. 

To Summarise: Horrifically gory, horribly scary and hilariously funny, "Zombieland" is the perfect Zom-com movie.


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