Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Zombieland


When I was growing up, Zombieland, if such a thing could have existed, would have been about Woody Harrelson's Tallahassee character, it would have had plenty of zombie killing action, and it would have been good.

Today, the movie is about one more generic "indie movie" whining douche bag, has three zombie fighting scenes and doesn't even attempt to build suspense or excitement in those. It's like a guest that comes to your house, insults your food and then shits on your carpet.

I just don't have much good to say about it, except that I did like Woody Harrelson and his character, and really wished they'd been given an ass kicking zombie movie to walk around in. That other movie might have been slightly more "formula", but at least it would have been sticking to a good formula.

Zombieland is slavishly within the familiar, mind you. The staples of the "quirky indie movie", even more familiar from the big studio rehash of the "quirky indie movie" formula, featuring many characters we have all come to accept as "quirky" and "wacky" in that friendly "real world" way. It's all become like Northern Exposure by the writers of Home Improvement, and now we're giving it a supposed shot in the arm by setting in "zombieland", a world after a zombie apocalypse. Sadly, the effect is not to freshen up the now dull "quirky indie movie" formula, but rather to ensure that the zombie apocalypse is writ dull and witless.

Too bad. The old formula would have been a fun night of movie watching.


2 comments:

Castor said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you on this. This movie was quite disappointing and never got anywhere. They had to add a lengthy cameo to drag the movie to a barely reasonable running time. The quest for the perfect zombie movie continues...

Neil Sarver said...

Thanks. I'm glad I'm not alone. Checking through this place and that it seems sometimes like I am.

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