“Zombieland: Double Tap” Review

In a world filled with flesh eating monsters, laughter truly is the best medicine…

With the events of “Zombieland: Double Tap” taking place only a few years after the events of the first film (although it has felt like a decade for us), there’s a lot to catch up on with our familiar group. Be warned, spoilers may lie ahead…

The film starts out with the old gang of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock are still together and fighting a zombie hoard to find their forever home at the White House. Once some catching up for the audience is in order (in true “Zombieland” fashion), everything seems like smooth sailing for the rest of the film. However, due to the events of Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) wanting to date and Wichita (Emma Stone) unable to commit and tie the knot with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), the two go out into the world to reap their own fortunes. Once the discovery is made in the morning by both Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus, they then go out to find and save their comrades…

The two people the parties meet along the way while separated were, although a bit predictable, a nice addition to the film. While separated, the two women find Berkeley (Ava Jogia) who is a pacifist hippie and the men meet Madison (Zoey Deutch), a modern day valley girl. Both Jogia and Deutch do a brilliant job at fulfilling their roles. Most of the characters in the films fit certain stereotypes and with Jogia playing a poser hippie that takes credit for the works of Bob Dylan and Deutch taking 80 bags of wardrobes and makeup while wearing almost exclusively pink.

The original 4 of the cast do a brilliant job with staying true to their characters and expanding upon their emotions a bit especially when Tallahassee meets Nevada (Rosario Dawson). Both of them have an unhealthy obsession with Elvis Presley end up falling for each other. The touches of Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleitch) also presented a funny take on the already stereotypical representations of Columbus and Tallahassee.

The story was pretty straight forward as well. Again, most of it was predictable with some of the only surprises coming from Rosario Dawson with her introduction and rescuing at the finale.

With the almost all of the plot line being something we have seen before, everyone involved did a great job at delivering memorable and fun filled performances. I would definitely watch it again and did not regret paying ticket prices to go see it. “Zombieland: Double Tap” is still in theaters!

★★★★☆

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