Another week, another movie. This week’s movie of choice is a bit witty with a twist of not-too-vulgar man-eating scenes.
I have heard of the movie but have never watched it except for the trailers. Zombies are not really my thing. I am more of a, vampire/mutants kind of girl when it comes to supernatural beings.
Zombieland is a 2009 movie directed by Ruben Fleischer and acted by A-list actors like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Looking at the poster itself, you can definitely tell that the movie is a mixed genre of horror and comedy and a bit of romance. I’d say, it’s roughly about 90% comedy and 9% horror and a mere 1% (or less) on romance. To be honest, I do not see the ‘horror’ in it. Maybe because the comedic part is overwhelming (in a good way).
Like any other zombies movie, it happens in United States of America. Would not be surprised if the USA would turn into an actual zombieland if Trump becomes the next President, anyway, like all zombie-themed movies, it started with an epidemic that made humans become sick in the head and ended up becoming a zombie. I have watched a few zombie movies that includes, World War Z (mainly because Brad Pitt’s in there), Warm Bodies and Resident Evil, so, I could say I am pretty familiar with the typical zombie movies.
The comedic part of the movie is everywhere. You would not missed it. Even when the moment Jesse Eisenberg starts talking, you could tell the movie is going to be a very fun, relaxed kind of movie where people-turned-zombies eat another human being casually. I am not saying that Jesse is a comedian/comedy actor but it is just something about the way he speaks his first few lines in the movie that made me (hopefully not just me) know it is not entirely horror. You would never see in a full-scale, 90% horror zombie film, an oversized zombie running towards you or have an unhealthy attachment to a snack cake, Twinkies (Twiggies in Malaysia). What makes this movie gets the genre ‘horror’ in it, well, just for having those man-eating unnatural being and realistic + vulgar way of killing those zombies. Blood are everywhere and that is cool.
The main objective in most zombie movies is the need to survive and probably find a cure. But in Zombieland, it is mainly on surviving. What makes Zombieland a distinctive movie that makes its viewers to actually remember that the movie existed is the rules that the main character, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) made. It is pretty lame but the rules worked out because he managed to survive to the point it is hard to find some other human beings out there. Some of the rules made by Columbus are:
The names of the characters are interesting because they are not names. Technically, not their real name but a name of the place that they are either heading to or from. As an example, Jesse Eisenberg plays as Columbus (because he is planning on heading there), Woody Harrelson is Tallahassee, Emma Stone as Wichita and her little sister, Abigail Breslin as Little Rock (reminds me of the song Little Rock that Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell sings in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
Did I mention that Bill Murray is in it too? Bill-f**king-Murray (quoted from Tallahassee). It was a really fun scene where Tallahassee and Bill Murray playing as Bill Murray (because he is Bill Murray) acting out a scene from Bill Murray’s (did I mention a lot of Bill Murray?) Ghostbusters. Honestly, what else can you ask for from a movie?