Zombieland

Zombieland

Zombieland

Okay, I’ll confess: I love zombie movies. Heck, I love zombies, period.  Wait until I get around to posting the reviews on the last few zombie books I read.  You’ll see.

So I was really excited this week when Zombieland finally came out on DVD because I had missed it when it was out in the theaters. Now, I know that it is supposed to be more comedy than horror,  but still.  We are talking zombies here (see above, paragraph one). My husband (who does not do horror films) was even willing to watch this one with me for movie night on Saturday.

Nearly twenty-four hours later, I am still trying to figure out how to describe this movie. It started out really funny – laugh out loud funny. The ending was so-so.  The middle was totally blah.  Even Shaun of the Dead was better than this. The character development and the acting were just about as uneven.

And the zombies? I don’t even know what to say about them.  Nowadays, you have to distinguish between traditional, slow-moving zombies (Romero), fast-moving zombies (28 Days Later ) and everything in between.  These zombies were incredibly inconsistent,  making it hard for the average zombie afficiando (moi) to figure out what’s going on. This one was so poorly explained, I am not sure these zombies were actually dead (or dead dead, if you know what I mean).

One of the special features said that this idea was originally conceived as a one hour pilot for a TV series. This definitely explains why the beginiing was the best part of the movie.  Ironic isn’t it –  if they’d left it as a TV series, it might have actually been a good one!

Update 2/10/2010: Just heard that there are plans for Zombieland 2…Why!?!?

3 Comments

  1. Jim Skafish

    Dear! When we watched this together I felt mixed about it: the beginning was great, the middle was flat and boring to me, and the ending was so-so! Great review once again! Jim Skafish

  2. We actually watched it this weekend, and although I had to look away at all the gross parts, and the two girls were too stupid to live at the end — despite having been incredibly savvy before — we kind of enjoyed it. I agree with you about the uneven pacing, though. Waaay slow in the middle, and predictable character arcs.

    • glinda

      Yeah, I guess I am in the minority on this one – a lot of people love it, though. I plan to ship the DVD off to my son to see what he thinks of it. And both Jim and I totally agree with you – those two girls were “too stupid to live!”

      And for a true zombie fan, the gross parts weren’t gross enough. And they didn’t linger the shots on the yuck enough, LOL! But even that wouldn’t have picked up the pace enough for me!

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