Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

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Zombieland: Double Tap

I remember enjoying Zombieland when it first came out but if I’m being honest I don’t remember it too well. Well, a decade later the sequel is finally out, after being in development hell. Its also nice to see the original cast returning on top of other brand new faces. Not going to lie, I had a blast with this film. It was 90 minutes of pure balls to the wall fun and honestly might be an improvement over the first film.

The film takes place after the events of the first, where the core group of zombie killers make The White House their home. One day, Little Rock and Wichita depart with Little Rock running off with a hippie. At the same time, a new breed of smarter, faster, and less destructible super zombies are discovered making life harder for the gang. Relationships are tested in Z land but the cast must remember to look out for one another as the go on a wild journey.

I may not remember a whole lot from the first film but Double Tap doesn’t really miss a beat and is presented in the same format with Eisenberg narrating and the film defining its rules regularly. Its nice to take a comedic approach to zombies because its a genre that has been overdone to death and it needs to poke fun at itself to succeed now.  The violence and zombie action is as good as it gets but I think the true strength of the film comes from the very entertaining supporting characters. It was brilliant having a second version of Tallahassee and Columbus. Also, Zoey Deutch’s portrayal of a dumb blonde was excellent and a highlight of the film.

I laughed at a lot of the segments in this film. The characters are all wonderfully likeable and have good chemistry. The new supporting cast add a great deal of entertainment value and the film should do its job of pleasing fans of the first. It wasn’t an absolutely necessary sequel but for me is one that takes what occurs in the first film and improves upon it. I will revisit the first Zombieland very soon to solidify my rankings of the films.

8/10

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