Pros: Great acting, funny, touching and, of course, zombies.
Cons: Can't think of anything.
It's time to nut up or shut up, and Zombieland does just that.
Zombieland is the story of four people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse months after a bad burger turned mad cow disease into something much, much worse. Taking horrifying events and putting a comic spin on them, the viewer first gets to know college student Columbus, a self-professed shut-in who decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are still alive. Along the way, he meets Tallahassee, who likes to kick butt and kill zombies, as well as sisters Wichita and Little Rock. While the road toward friendship - and maybe the family Columbus is looking for - is rocky, it's a great ride.
Those elements take this movie into a special category - some movies appeal to you time and time again, even when you know what will happen and have seen it more times than you can count. Zombieland is one of those movies.
Combining horror, comedy and even some touching elements, Zombieland manages to make you laugh out loud, while really coming to care for and root for the characters. That being said, even the touching moments have zingers - after it's revealed how much Woody Harrelson's character has lost because of the zombies, he lets the tear (not tears) flow, then wipes them away - "I haven't cried that much since Titanic," he says.
None of the four main characters are perfect, to be sure. Columbus is whiny, nerdy and perfectly portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. He brings to life someone who never fit in before the zombie apocalypse, but who is yearning for someone to understand him. Voila - we are introduced to Tallahassee.
That doesn't mean Tallahassee understands Columbus - in fact, as dual opposites, they complement each other in their search for - what? A home, a Twinkie? It doesn't matter - they become partners without even realizing it.
One of Woody Harrelson's finest roles, the loner Tallahassee is ingrained with multiple levels of personality - from his love of weapons and killing zombies, to his search for the last Twinkie before the little Twinkie gauge goes empty. Some of the best moments are Harrelson at his strangest - like when he plays the Deliverance tune before using the banjo for "non-musical" purposes.
Wichita and Little Rock - portrayed by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin don't at first seem to be the nicest girls around. In time, it's revealed that a lot of what Wichita, in particular, does is motivated by fear. That fear, for her, is much deeper than facing zombies. While not likable at first, I came to understand why they did what they did - to a point. Going to Pacific Playland at night seemed like a really dumb act for two girls who were obviously very smart.
Of course, the non-zombie, zombie cameo nearly steals the show. It wasn't Ghostbusters or Caddyshack, but in a few short minutes Bill Murray reminded me why he's so, so funny.
The Pacific Playland scenes were great - a lot of action, the score was perfect and you got to see Columbus man up and get the girl. David Sardy's musical score was a key element in the film, as well as the wide variety of good music interspersed throughout the film.
Was this the goriest or scariest zombie movie I've ever seen? No. It was laugh-out-loud funny, though, and worth seeing every single time.