Wickedly funny, plenty of gore
‘Zombieland’ proof that zombie sub-genre is far from dead
moron to me – but Zombieland is more interested in playing its four characters off each other.
The tart performances and explosively funny dialogue are what make the movie; that, and the matter-of-factness with which the heroes deal with apocalypse now.
Zombieland finds many outlets for its sardonic playfulness. The movie’s high point comes when the heroes get to Los Angeles and encounter a Beloved Hollywood Star, playing himself. I beg you, do all you can to avoid knowing the identity of this man beforehand, and putting your fingers in your ears and saying “la la la la’’ when friends talk about the movie. The joke, and it’s perfect, is in the rightness of this star in this setting, and how his long-established attitude dovetails so precisely with the film’s.
Surprisingly, the movie just isn’t very scary. Icky, yes, but we hardly ever feel the four main characters are in serious jeopardy, and if you don’t have that, you don’t have suspense.
However, Zombieland makes up in laughter what it lacks in screams, and the arch weariness with which it looks out at undead America hides a frisky yet disturbing message: We’re closer than we think. – Boston Globe