Friday, 4 October 2013

Zombieland – Guts and Gags

Fun is contagious, and that’s something Zombieland is aware of. If actors look like they’re having a whale of a time, then the audience probably is too. It’s a simple rule that films so often miss . . . Zombieland being an exception.

To be honest, it’s not surprising that the four leads – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin – look like they’re having a ball, as they spend the entirety of the film shooting at zombies and smashing stuff; with their delight being most apparent during the films gloriously inventive zombie-based massacring.

However, there is some time set aside for more thoughtful moments, and this is balanced well. As all good zombie movies do, it takes a moment to reflect upon society as it is now. It’s just that when Zombieland does this, it’s while on a rollercoaster headshotting zombies. Though this may sound ridiculous, and it is, the films messages end up blending seamlessly with the action.

But, in the end, it’s the superb cast and the filmmakers’ wit and ingenuity that make Zombieland such an entertaining addition to the horror comedy genre.