Spooktober Movie Review: Zombieland (2009)

What is Zombieland?

Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

I had heard praise for Zombieland for years, but no one ever gave specifics as to what was so great about it. I had only heard that it was a great movie that was worth checking out. So I did, I finally checked it out for Spooktober and I immediately discovered why Zombieland is so beloved by so many. Zombieland is hilarious! Why didn’t anyone who recommends me Zombieland for years didn’t just tell me that it was funny? I would have watched Zombieland much sooner than I actually did if I had known how funny the film was. Zombieland has the exact kind of comedy that I enjoyed. And I know the film’s comedy is not for everyone, but for me, I absolutely adored the snarky and sarcastic humor that is all over Zombieland. That’s the kind of humor that makes me laugh and can get me interested in a movie or television show and it did indeed get me interested in Zombieland within the first few minutes of the movie. It made me quickly regret not having watched Zombieland sooner.

In the past, I would continuously put Zombieland on the back burner because I’m not a fan of the zombie apocalypse movies or television shows. It’s not that I hate zombies or movies or shows about them, but I’m pretty bored with them. You can only do so much with zombies before they became redundant and repetitive. Because of that, I have never been a fan of zombies and I never got onto the zombie hype train that arrived when The Walking Dead premiered. And years later I still don’t care about zombies or people trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Which is what I essentially thought Zombieland was, these group of people who try to survive the zombie apocalypse. I had assumed that’s what Zombieland was all about because no one had told me it was anything otherwise. So I had to discover that for myself that Zombieland was about so much more.

Zombieland is more about than just zombies, it’s about family. Finding your own family and keeping it. And I’m so happy that Zombieland wasn’t just about zombies. I couldn’t care less about zombies and be worried I wouldn’t enjoy the movie because it would be so heavily focused on zombies. But Zombieland having such a focus on family made me care about the movie. I cared about the characters forming their own makeshift family and bonding with each other. It helps that the cast has wonderful chemistry with one another. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are all perfect in their individual roles, and the makeshift family their characters form are what make Zombieland be a great movie. If the cast weren’t as perfect in their roles, Zombieland would have failed for me. Luckily, that wasn’t the case and I can’t picture anyone else in these roles other than the cast we got. The movie’s message about family along with the movie being hysterical made for a fun movie watch. A watch I wish I had seen sooner.


4 responses to “Spooktober Movie Review: Zombieland (2009)”

  1. I’ve seen this probably more than I should have. I mean, I like it and all… But at one point after a move, this was the only unpacked DVD I owned because a friend gave it to me as a going away gift. So when I had no cable or internet hooked up yet and this was all I had access to, I kind of watched it on repeat for a couple of days. At least it’s a good movie.

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    • As much as I like the movie, I would have quickly gotten annoyed with it if I had to watch it that many times. And that goes for most movies I like, except for a selected few.

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