Zombieland is up there with Sean of the Dead when it comes to zombie comedy. It’s funny, gross, scary and zany but above all has a well written script, a tight plot and some good performances. There will be better films on Netflix than this, but not that many.
The protagonist, known only as Columbus, is a shut-in whose OCD and painfully shy nature has bizarrely made him perfect for surviving a zombie apocalypse. Columbus is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has made a career playing nerdy and shy characters. The only downside to his portrayal of Columbus is the nagging feeling that somewhere Michael Cera is sobbing as Eisenberg continues to steal his career.
Eisenberg is joined by the con artist team of Wichita (Emma Stone), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and the scene stealing Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, a bad-ass redneck who loves killing zombies. At one point Tallahassee says “My mother always told me ‘some day you’ll be good at something,’…I don’t think she could have guessed that something would be zombie killing.” This throwaway line gives some idea of the wildness of a film which has zombies being killed by falling pianos and hedge trimmers among other unlikely instruments. There are also the zombie ‘kill of the week’ cutaway scenes which will have you laughing as you wince.
Often zombie films try and cram in some sort of social comedy into the horror and gore. Zombieland doesn’t bother with any of that type of pretentious nonsense. Instead this film puts relationships and personal development at the centre of a comedy about the end of the world. We follow the quartet as they try to gain each other’s trust and and affection while travelling through a post-apocalyptic landscape, all the time trading barbs and generally being jerks to each other. There are moments that will be genuinely touching mixed in with the black humour and the zombies, and it is the actors’ ability to do the more emotional scenes and the sillier stuff that really holds this film together.
This film also contains possibly the best cameo in the history of film. I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, Zombieland would be worth watching for the cameo alone.
If you’re on Stranger Views looking for a sure fire Netflix winner, Zombieland is for you.
Zombieland – Stranger Views Rating
4/5 Stars. Gross, hilarious and occasionally touching, Zombieland is definitely one of the better films on Netflix. If you’re still not convinced then here’s the trailer:
If you like the sound of this film, it might also be worth checking out our review of Iron Sky, another wild film you can find on Netflix. You can find all of Stranger Views film reviews here, or you can look only for those available on Netflix.