I recently saw Zombieland, and was absolutely delighted with it. It was short, but felt plenty long. It had a Michael Cera-esque male lead that was not Michael Cera (not that there’s anything wrong with that). And it was damn funny.
It’s the sort of ridiculous, over-the-top movie that I quite enjoy. It takes most of the well-worn zombie-movie tropes and exploits them to the logical, silly extreme. It is wall-to-wall funny, but poignant and sweet in places. It also has a most excellent cameo appearance that I don’t want to ruin for anyone.
That said, while the movie is generally upbeat about life after the end of civilization as we know it, the happy ending is still kind of depressing, because we all know that, really, there’s no happy ending out there. There’s just not dying and having friends.
One of the bits I did enjoy was Columbus (the male lead) explaining his rules for survival in Zombieland. The rules themselves were both funny AND sensible, and reminded me of Gibbs’ Rules from NCIS. Perhaps I’ll try to synthesize them all into my own personal set of rules for living.
Anyway, as long as you don’t mind violence and gore, this movie should entertain.
2 thoughts on “Zombieland!”
“…the happy ending is still kind of depressing, because we all know that, really, there’s no happy ending out there. There’s just not dying and having friends.”
You could argue that for most happy endings. Somewhere in Pratchett’s Thud Death himself asks what’s the point of reading the whole book when you could skip to the back to find out how it ends.
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