Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ZOMBIELAND,how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

..." Nut up or Shut up!"

or so the movie tag line states.

This is pretty much the anthem of Rueben Fleischer's Zombieland.

I won't spoil the plot,but come on..if you're gonna see a movie the words "Zombie" and "Land" in the title,you pretty much know what your in for.

In short,The U.S.(maybe the world) is overtaken by zombies.We follow the travels of Tallahassee(Woody Harrelson),Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg),and sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) as they set out on their cross country jaunt that begins back East and heads out to the West coast(which holds the promise of a zombie-free life).And with all trips ,it's not the final destination that's important but what happens on the way there.In the case of this film ,killing zombies is the short order or the day...ALL DAY,EVERYDAY!

I LOVED this film!!!

I enjoyed this film(heck, I'm gonna call it a "flick",cuz movies that are just plain fun...are not "films", they are "Flicks").It's an enjoyable "flick" on so many levels. It's funny ,scary,and(dare I say) heartwarming. In the vein of Guy Davis' graphic novel ,"Zombies That Ate The World "and Edgar Wright's "Shaun of The Dead" this flick takes a tongue in cheek perspective on the zombie genre (oooh "genre"...that's a pretty hoity toity word for a "flick" grandpa!..."Shut up!!!")

Harrelson is in fine form,probably his best performance in a loooong time .Yes folks,"White Men" can jump.shoot,slash and decapitate some zombie tukis.Stone is great as the elder grifter here,alluring and funny! Breslin is in her funniest role since "Little Miss Sunshine" just as adorable but this time brandishing an automatic rifle. Stand out performance goes to Eisenburg.

Seen as the "Poor Man's Michael Cera",Eisenburg may just break out of that moniker.As our narrator for this journey ,he brings forth a boy next door/everyman likability.Cera's doppelganger ,no more!

The exchanges between him and Harrelson are what one would see if Clint Eastwood and a young Woody Allen did a zombie movie.

So...if you're like me (old,bald,500 lbs, alarmingly good-looking with impeccable movie taste) your zombie loving butt will venture out into your local multiplex and enjoy the hell out of this flick.

'til next time America...."Nut up or Shut up!"

1 comment:

  1. Funny piece... I'm looking forward to seeing this "flick" for sure.