October 17, 2019

CINEMA | 'Zombieland: Double Tap' Strikes Again

Jesse Eisenberg Zoey Deutch Ruben Fleischer | Zombieland: Double Tap

Everyone is back for the decade later sequel Zombieland: Double Tap. Original Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and his team revisit their self-aware comic version of a world after an undead invasion for another mostly fun (if entirely unnecessary) zombie comedy ride.

Once again starring Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Emma Stone (Wichita), and Abigail Breslin (Little Rock) as an unlikely makeshift family of misfits, it's oddly appealing how familiar the basic setup of Zombieland's story is even all these years later. The sequel quickly re-establishes the first film's sensibilities and world with much of the same self-referential jokes.

Newcomers Rosario Dawson (Reno), Luke Wilson (Albuquerque), Thomas Middleditch (Flagstaff), and scene-stealing standout Zoey Deutch (Madison) make things just fresh enough with their inclusion. Wilson and Middleditch do their best Harrelson and Eisenberg impressions while the highly comical Deutch is just flat-out hilarious riffing on the annoying blonde bimbo stereotype. How these other survivors managed to avoid infection and death by zombie are amusingly explored to move the human stories together along rather nicely.

Original writers and Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick make the script rewritten by Dave Callaham fairly zippy and straightforward as our heroes skip from town to town on a refreshingly uncomplicated mission to reunite their team while meeting other characters and finding new obstacles along the way.

The light and breezy Zombieland: Double Tap is intentionally more of the same and familiar. This is what makes it as appealing as it is without being overkill. Despite its expected cribbing of now ten-year-old material, getting the gang back together and their vaguely new antics feel more than welcome as pleasantly entertaining journey. The key is in the cast and crew's reverence for each other with a continued commitment to some more zombie comedy fun.


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