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Zombieland: A similar space in the world of sequels
- About a decade after the irreverent 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland, it is not an entry in an active franchise.
- It’s more like a cheap ’80s-style retread, disguised as a more respectable legacy sequel.
- Given the endless references to pop culture and the original Zombieland, it wouldn’t be out of place for Zombieland: Double Tap to design this sequel as a parallel zombie.
- The script (by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick) points out the film’s potential dampness.
- Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) narrates a direct thanks to the audience in advance, acknowledging that viewers have “a lot of options in zombie entertainment.”
- Wichita (Emma Stone) chides Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) for remembering his old catchphrase (“Nut or shut up,” for those with blurry memories of the original film).
Dynamics of Zombieland
- But for its running time, the film is uncomfortably satisfied with recreating the dynamics of the first funny movie, which sometimes affects.
- Zombieland: double-tap degrades the sometimes funny formula and doesn’t particularly affect.
- Ten years after the original, it feels like a reluctant need to explain the aging of Wichita’s sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) from infancy to adulthood
- Beyond that inconvenience and a half-assed idea of “evolving” zombies, the movie appears to take place about six months after Zombieland.
- Columbus, Wichita, Little Rock, and Tallahassee have all maintained their makeshift post-apocalyptic family unit.
- Columbus and Wichita are establishing themselves in the routine of a couple and Tallahassee acting as a dominant domineering figure for Little Rock.
- At the beginning of the film, the quartet hides in the White House, rummaging through presidential memories.
- And also, double Tap emerges an exciting idea in its quasi-family tension.
- Because these characters must stay together in a world overrun by zombies, their social structures have to reorganize.
- Little Rock does not have access to friends his age.
- And for this matter, neither does Tallahassee, who treats his surrogate daughter like a little girl and a loyal fellow zombie killer.
- Meanwhile, Wichita finds it challenging to achieve domestic happiness with Colón when they have to hold on to domestic life to survive.
- They can be developing these ideas in comic situations or thinking of them in creatively dramatic ways.
- The writers use them to hit the very beats of the story quickly.
- Little Rock and Wichita part ways with the group, just as they did in Zombieland.
- Little Rock then separates from Wichita, and they all set out on a road trip to find it.
- You may be heading to a zombie-free commune, similar to the zombie-free amusement park from the end of the first movie.
- Except that the writers take a series of bitter and baffling blows.
- At the thought of the young people coming together in peace.
- Finally, a Hollywood movie with the guts to face the scourge of pacifism!
- Also, none of this prevents Double Tap from scoring some laughs, although you have to work harder for less.
- What felt like a new combination of characters ten years ago – Eisenberg’s fussy nervousness?
- Harrelson’s bravado that masks sensitivity, Stone’s pointless sarcasm – now comes across as a repetitive squeal.
- The best the movie can do is adding a new gimmick to the mix, courtesy of Madison (Zoey Deutch).
- Also, a young woman Columbus and Tallahassee meet at a mall.
- All About Madison is a broad caricature of a silly blonde: she dresses mostly in pink.
- They say her mispronounced words along with a semi-blocked vocal fry form, and is easily delighted.
- But the cliches rise as Deutch goes goofy with enthusiasm reminiscent of the fearless elegance of Anna Faris.
- Deutch’s performance turns Madison into a natural, possibly accidental optimist who is more endearing than the leads.
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