"Zombieland" is FOA (funny-on-arrival)

Just when you think Shaun of the Dead took zom-com (combination of zombie and comedy) movies to the next level, Zombieland is the recipient of that honor.
In a world where super-fast zombie are everywhere (thanks to an unknown virus found in a burger), there are few survivors left in Garland, Texas. We are introduced to four people trying to survive this any way they can, but are only introduced by the name of the cities they are from. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a young man who goes by a list of rules, which include “Beware of Bathrooms” and “When in doubt, know your way out”, in order to survive from being mauled from hungry zombies. He meets a man known only as Tallahassee (Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson), who is makes an art out of killing zombies and his mission in life is to find the last Twinkie in the world. As they travel together in search of refuge, they meet two con artists sisters named Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Oscar-nominee Abigail Breslin). They all start to butt head as soon as they meet, but to they rely on each other in order to survive the onslaught of zombies that is looking to make mincemeat out of them.
Zombieland manages to take the mantle away from British import Shaun of the Dead as the best zombie comedy of all time. Thanks to screenwriters Rheet Resse and Paul Wernick, Zombieland takes small doses of dramatic and romantic elements and mixes it with a huge dose of American-wit and humor that is instantly relatable. Whether it is Tallahassee playing “Dueling Banjos” and telling a hillbilly zombie that he has “a purty mouth” or Columbus is relived that there is no more Facebook update status, this movie is truly American-made. The best and funniest highlight in the movie is when the gang travel to Hollywood to reside in the mansion of a certain Oscar-nominee movie star/comedic actor.
The acting is surprisingly good for a zombie film; let alone of all things a horror film. Woody Harrelson personifies the character of Tallahassee as the ultimate destructor of zombies with a Southern drawl who uses everything from hedge clippers to a baseball bat to dispose his targets. When a certain aspect in Tallahassee’s life reveals a personal tragedy that happened to him that makes the character more than meets the eye. Jesse Eisenberg could easily be compared to Michael Cera when it comes to playing an awkward young man who seeks romance in life. Only Eisenberg can manage to shoot a shotgun and not make it look hilarious with his intention to shoot. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin have great chemistry together as sisters who look for each other and even better chemistry when they meet Columbus and Tallahassee that makes them look like a dysfunctional family.
Before the credits roll, the audience will be treated to a few human kills before the movie really begin as Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” overlaps an outstanding opening title sequence that features people running for their lives from the zombies. As soon as that is over, the rest of the movie is littered with nothing but zombie kills. The majority of the kills is at the hands of Tallahassee is handy with anything he gets his hands, no matter how small or big the object is, he will find a way to kill a zombie with it. The honor of “zombie kill of the week” goes Eisenberg who dispatches a zombie clown with a huge mallet that obliterates the clown’s cranium.
The special makeup designer for this film is Tony Gardner, who was responsible for the makeup is Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness and Darkman. Gardner really takes the designs of the zombie makeup and makes it look like they smell really atrocious and designed their face to look like it has deteriorated over a period of time.
Zombieland is the funniest film that mixes the element of zombies and comedy since Shaun of the Dead with tremendous humor in its script, worthy performances from the cast and the makeup design for the movie is top-notch compared to any recent zombie movies.
ZOMBIELAND: 4.5/5 stars

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