I love a zombie movie. I really do. And I like spoof zombie movies just as much.
Pound for pound I’d say the zombie genre is one of the most successful to hit our screens – from George Romero to Simon Pegg and here, in this now double franchise, Zombieland.
Of course the original was pure gold and, amazingly, the same director, Ruben Fleisher, and the same star team of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin (and, whisper it, Bill Murray) team up for the sequel some ten years later.
Two new stars join the line up – Rosario Dawson (successfully) and Zoey Deutsch (less so as a dumb blonde that’s just a bit annoying).
It opens brilliantly with a zombie attack on the Columbia logo giving us the first belly laugh within 5 seconds.
What follows is a sort of Fight Club (those captions including an outstanding title sequence) meets Shaun of the Dead but with much higher production values and a cracking script played out by an ensemble of genuine starts that truly look like they are having as much fun as you could ever have making multi-million dollar pay checks.
Sure, it’s not going to trouble any award judges. True it’s not going to solve any global problems and sure it’s not going to change anyone’s life, but it sure is fun.
If you loved Z1 (7.6 on IMDB) I suspect, like me you will enjoy Z2 (7.2 on IMDB) just about as much, maybe more.
It’s ridiculous and it’s great.