I knew from the opening credits, as we see the return of our heroes kill zombies as they storm the white house while Metallica’s Master of Puppets roared through the speakers, I was in for a good time. Zombieland: Double Tap is the long-awaited sequel (at least to some people) of horror-comedy Zombieland. 10 years after its initial release, Zombieland has aged quite well. Not only has its relevance stayed in touch with today, but the actors have remained as A-List celebrities. Back in 2009, the only well-known name was Woody Harrelson. No one knew who Jesse Eisenberg was and Emma Stone was just that girl from Superbad. Since then, the world has seen The Social Network, La La Land, and The Favourite. These are legit, world-class actors now. I think one of the best uses of this acclaim these actors now have was in the trailer. Having every lead actors credit be followed by Academy Award Nominee or Winner is a brilliant way to bank on the success of these actors and market your film. But enough about the past, is Zombieland: Double Tap any good? I think so. This is a worthy sequel and stays true to the first one.
The band is back together, and they are as good as they were 10 years ago. All four of the main leads fall perfectly back into character like we never missed a step. It’s been 10 years for these characters now, their relationships are deeper and have taken on new roles. Columbus and Wichita are in a relationship together, and Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee has taken on a fatherly role onto Little Rock. These new character dynamics, especially Tallahassee as a father figure works well in the movie. The story, for the most part, is fairly superstitial. It’s nothing great and tends to wander off and lose track of the main goal, but for a movie like this, I didn’t mind so much. I just loved watching these characters interact with each other again. Whether it was a long car ride of them debating if uber would be a good idea or the recurring gag of Tallahassee’s hate for their minivan. The characters and the excellent humor between them is the selling point.
Not only does the returning cast shine, but the new members of the movie all are also big standouts for me. Rosario Dawson is always a delight to see. Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch are a big hit for the short amount of time they have on screen. But easy for me, Zoey Deutch kind of stole the show. She plays your stereotypical blonde dialed to 11. What she lacks in intelligence, she oddly makes up for in survival skills. This is a character who could have easily gotten annoying and ruined the movie, but this is a risk that pays off. Zoey Deutch finds the perfect balance for this character, being dumb but not too much that it no longer is funny. She fits right in with the old crew along with Rosario Dawson.
Now I didn’t talk about the big character arcs or the amazing direction, all the things that make a great film amazing, because truth be told, Zombieland: Double Tap is not a great film. It lacks in a compelling narrative, the film at points is oddly edited, and the emotional punches feel a little last minute. I never went into this looking for any of this however, I was looking for a good time at the movies and I wanted to laugh, and this movie accomplished both of those things. The humor is spot-on, rarely missing a beat and these are characters you will love spending time with. The zombie action is great, and one of the best parts of apocalypse movies, is asking the question of what would I do and where would I go if there were no restrictions. The first one did an excellent job of demonstrating that with the home of Bill Murray and the theme park at the end. Here they take advantage of the White House and what it would be like living there. Zombieland: Double Tap is a fun horror-comedy. I laughed and had a great time and I think you will too. Be sure to stick around for the credits, there is a scene they play during the credits and you will not want to miss it. It is the best part of the movie and I mean that in the best way.