What is it about zombies that make people create such a natural tie-in to comedy? ¬†It seems that there have been more horror-comedies that were about zombies than any other monster movie I can think of. ¬†There will be lots of comparisons made of this movie, from first time director Ruben Fleischer, and the Simon Pegg classic "Shaun of the Dead." ¬†I'm a HUGE fan of "Shaun" and in my opinion, "Zombieland" stands up, toe-to-to with it; the only difference being that "Shaun" was the dry British version and "Zombieland" is 100% USAsskicking. ¬†The film starts off with a cold opening followed by opening credits that not only set the tone for the film, but sets the level of violence as well. ¬†This is not a movie for the squeamish. ¬†If there's some horrible act of violence coming up in the film that you just know they'll cut away from because it's much too graphic, guess again 'cause they're showing it. ¬†In fact a big part of the comedy of the film is the shock at how high they're willing to take some of the gore. ¬†The movie stars Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Emma Stone ("Superbad") and Jessie Eisenberg ("Adventureland" ¬†I guess he can't stay away from movies with "land" in the title). ¬†Eisenberg is still very new on the scene and he's apparently who Hollywood calls on when Michael Cera says "no" to a role because the two are virtually the same person. ¬†Just like Cera, he can play one kind of part, and that's the awkward, shy, funny guy and he plays it well. ¬†That's pretty much the cast of the movie minus a hoard of the undead. ¬†The only other person in the movie is a cameo that should go down in history as the BEST CAMEO IN ANY MOVIE EVER MADE! ¬†What the director, Fleischer, did in this was keep the film funny from beginning to end. ¬†He didn't fall into the trap of it getting too serious or too scary or too sappy at all. ¬†His #1 goal in this was to make sure you have a damn good time watching it and you're entertained; he doesn't fall short of that one bit. ¬†The only issue that it runs into is that it has a saggy middle act. ¬†It starts strong, ends strong and gets rather dry in-between. ¬†It's still very funny, but looses its zombie allure by not having any scares, jumps or action for about 40 minutes. ¬†Of course he makes up for that and then some with the climax. ¬†The credit in this film can be spread evenly all the way around. ¬†Not one actor carries it more than the others and they all seemed like they had a blast filming it...I know I would. ¬†If you have a strong stomach and a sick sense of humor, then "Zombieland" is your idea of a fun night. ¬†If you don't, well...let's be honest; a movie called "Zombieland" probably didn't appeal to you anyway.
Zombieland (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: A-