I finally had a chance to see Zombieland last night, something I had been looking forward to since it came out, but never got marked off my list. I was not disappointed. (So why not 5 stars? Well, there weren’t that many zombies….)
Seriously though, I thought the movie was charming on many levels. The awkward relationships blooming into enough trust to tell your deepest secrets; the coping mechanisms for dealing with a post-apocalyptic reality; the rules — these things were great. And the Bill Murray role was small but brilliant.
A bit of a warning though, to those with weak stomachs — the first time we tried to watch this (as we inevitably are watching movies with dinner) we had to turn it off, because the gore in the opening credit sequence was a bit much with a meal. However, that was the only really gory section of the film, and once the credits were out of the way, it was easy to sit back and enjoy the mayhem.
The cast was great. Loved Woody Harrelson for the first time in a long time. Jesse Eisenberg was not really someone I had seen much, if anything, of prior to this, but now I might be willing to sit through The Social Network. Emma Stone is someone else whose name I had seen, but none of her work. Now, I might go looking. And, of course, Abigail Breslin is always dynamite. She is definitely an actress to pay attention to.
All in all, I enjoyed the film immensely, and recommend it highly.