By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
I can't tell you how happy I was to see tweets start popping all over Twitter last Thursday and Friday with rave reviews for Zombieland. I made it a point to find some more-official reviews at the end of the weekend and here I am with two of them.
Early Reviews: Zombieland
I need to see Zombieland! The trailer had me grinning and the clips had me howling. Being a huge fan of the film that rebooted the horror-comedy genre, Shaun of the Dead, I am glad to see a film living up to the standard.
By now there have been quite enough zombie comedies to constitute a little subgenre of their own. If "Zombieland" doesn't grade at the head of its class -- the valedictorian still being "Shaun of the Dead" -- this lively splatstick item is nonetheless way above the remedial likes of "Zombie Strippers," to name one among many recent lower-budgeters. Benefiting from the very different but very appealing comedy styles of Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg even when the script's wit runs thin, this should be catnip to jaded genre fans, with decent niche theatrical returns and solid long-term ancillary biz signaled.
Falling closer in tone to "Shaun of the Dead" than "28 Days Later" or the George Romero movies, "Zombieland" has its tongue planted firmly in its rancid cheek while still delivering the visceral goodies.
It's an admittedly tricky balance that's pulled off with energetic panache by first-time director Ruben Fleischer and the writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It also has perfectly pitched performances, including the cameo of the year by **** *******. But more about that in a bit.
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