Monday, October 5, 2009

Movie Review: Zombieland

As many of you may know, I'm not much of a girl for horror movies. They scare me much more than just a little. (Because I believe them, but that's a whole 'nother blog in and of itself.)

So it came as something of a shock to my husband when I asked, nay demanded, to see 'Zombieland' this weekend. Because I did so demand. Loudly and with great insistence.

You see, 'Zombieland' isn't so much a horror movie as it is an action comedy. And I love me some action and comedy. And 'Zombieland' did not disappoint. Point blank, I loved this movie.

First off, let me say that the trailers actually do this movie justice. They show you exactly what it is without revealing all the big moments or all the belly laughs. If you like the trailer, you'll love the movie.

Next is the cast. No one does 'wacked out, good ol' boy with more savvy than you realize' better than Woody Harrelson. This may be my favorite role of his, ever. The rest of the cast are great, too. And there's a surprise cameo that a room full of zombies couldn't get me to 'spoil', but it's both perfect and hilarious. Easily the best cameo since Billy Zane, that cool dude, announced it was a walk-off. (Waves to other 'Zoolander' fans out there. I guess I like 'Z' movies.)

The storyline is presented in a fresh and funny way, and the stunts are way cool. I'm sure the movie's making some kind of social commentary, but I didn't bother to try to find it or figure it out -- it was enough fun that I didn't have to.

Now, for the zombies. They're gross and scary while managing to be funny at the same time. I consider that a hard trick to pull off. Someone compared this movie to 'An American Werewolf in London', but I think 'Zombieland' is far better. I hated AAWIL, for starters, and I loved 'Zombieland'. I also think 'Zombieland' has a real chance of standing the test of time without becoming hilariously dated. Time, of course, will tell, but my money's always on the funny.

Even my husband, Mr. Contrary, enjoyed it. He said he didn't feel the need to see it again, but he really liked it in the theater.

Well, when it comes out on DVD, he doesn't have to watch it with me, now, does he?


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