I love zombies, so how could I not see this movie? Zombie movies tend be rather empty, I admit, so it’s always nice to see one break away from that and offer some subtext a la the original George Romero films. This is not such a movie.
Zombieland is a zombie comedy in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead, making fun of all the cliches in modern zombie lore. It seems like it would just be predictable, but that’s only because it is. Zombieland’s plot is the very definition of “foregone conclusion”. It’s hard to be surprised by anything in this movie — but that’s part of what makes it so great. It’s the archetypal “zombie movie”, following the same plot you’d expect while making fun of it at the same time. The amazing thing is that this works. I actually kind of like the characters, as stock as they are, and the jokes genuinely make me laugh. The movie also features some extremely obvious product placement, which, in my opinion, just makes it even funnier. There are so many unnecessary cameos and references that you just have to laugh.
I really don’t have much to say. This isn’t a film with a deeper meaning at all; it’s not going to go down in history as a cinematic classic. It’s just a great comedy. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s an amazing movie. Go watch it.