Ten years after the surprise success “Zombieland” is released Zombieland: Double Tap the sequel to one of the veterans of the zombie comedy genre and is a sympathetic continuation of the sometimes quite generic predecessor. We reveal more about this in our review.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) have not lost their joy in killing zombies.
The plot summary
It’s been ten years since zombie hordes overran humanity and decimated much of the population. However, the last survivors have now come to terms with the plague. Wichita (Emma Stone), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) have made themselves comfortable in the White House. When they’re not celebrating Christmas or killing the undead (again), Wichita and Columbus celebrate their love, while Tallahassee isn’t particularly keen on fledging the youngest Little Rock. When the two women run away one day – albeit for completely different reasons – the two men are on their own again. But not for long, because events take an unexpected turn. And the rather naive Madison (Zoey Deutch) is not entirely innocent of that…
Zombieland: Double Tap Movie Meaning & ending
In 2009, “Zombieland”, an undead comedy, was released in cinemas and, with a budget of just 24 million US dollars and grossings of over 100 million, can rightly be described as a surprise hit. It’s actually surprising that it took ten years before the studio entrusted director Ruben Fleischer (“Venom”) himself with a sequel. As recently as 2013, Fleischer himself stated that he did not believe in a sequel to his hit. But in 2014, Dave Callahan (“Godzilla”) and then Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who wrote “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2” together ) were commissioned to write the script, and they completed it by the end of 2017. Now, just in time for the tenth anniversary of “Zombieland” (and after a failed series pilot for the streaming service Amazon, about which we better keep a veil of silence), the long-awaited sequel about the escapades of Columbus and Tallahassee and their two partners is finally being released Crime Wichita and Little Rock. Ruben Fleischer really makes the most of this “reunion with old acquaintances” feeling in his very first sequel and delivers fan service at its best with “Zombieland: Twice as Better” but at the same time clearly exposes how generic the predecessor actually is is.
Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are back in the game.
To date, “Zombieland” has managed to win over a whole bunch of fans, but with a particularly creative story (a humorously prepared zombie apocalypse had already been seen in “Shaun of the Dead”) or an incredibly clever production, this is unlikely to be the case have had to do. “Zombieland” primarily draws its appeal from its four great main actors; Above all, the gnarled Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) in a hilarious interaction with a scurry-acting Jesse Eisenberg (“American Ultra”) . Emma Stone (“La La Land”) , who was still considered an up-and-coming newcomer in 2009 and is now one of Hollywood’s absolute A-list celebrities, and Abigail Breslin (“In August in Osage County”) , who is only one in “Zombieland 2”. plays a small supporting role, complemented then and still harmoniously complements the cast around Harrelson and Eisenberg and still kills the zombies in an equally effective and brutal way as the gentlemen, from whom they don’t need any backing this time either. On the contrary; Since the last ten years in which the four friends have settled in the White House, they have become a close-knit, family-like community that has to struggle with the same problems as everyone else, even in times of the zombie apocalypse. There are late-adolescent differences of opinion between Wichita and Tallahassee (Breslin unfortunately plays her role of the rebellious teenager a little younger than she looks like), while Columbus and Wichita try it out as a couple and make various mistakes.
“Zombieland: Twice is Better” offers a lot of what worked best in the first part. Even more than in its predecessor, the focus here is on the characters; Ruben Fleischer stages the interspersed zombie attacks and kills as effectively as usual (and quite bloodily for a mainstream blockbuster), but in part one it was still debatable whether the film should be classified in the “horror film” category Part two is clearly just comedy. The genre elements are limited to the splatter effects; and in contrast to the rest of the film, they also look really good, whenever they don’t use computer tricks but use haptic materials. Unfortunately, this can only save the look itself to a limited extent, because “Zombieland: Twice is Better” looks absolutely artificial most of the time – as if you were filming in front of a huge green screen and completely lost the sense of proportion with the lighting and the use of color filters. This is a shame, as it goes against the otherwise down-to-earth feel of the film and places the story in a fantasy world that makes it increasingly difficult to identify with the main characters. At least in this respect the first part had something ahead of the second: you had the feeling that the undead had actually haunted the world in which we live. The sequel, on the other hand, looks so visually over-stylized that you can only see the connection to the predecessor through the story, but not through the visual level.
But the – with all due respect – ugly look of “Zombieland: Twice is better” is pleasantly irrelevant, because what works very well here apart from the once again outstanding character dynamics are the many cross-references to part one. Side swipes at the interchangeability of the character constellation by Luke Wilson (“The Goldfinch”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Godzilla II: King of the Monsters”) or the deliberate riding to death of running gags (“zombie kill of the month,” the rules for surviving a zombie apocalypse, etc.) are accurately written enough to be funny in the moment, but also work as tongue-in-cheek ones no less critical examination of one’s own work. The fan service for fans of the series is not left behind. And true to the sequel motto “Higher, faster, further”, Fleischer not only relies on even more zombies, but also “even more undead ones” – you have to see it to understand it. The well-known characters in their familiar environment can be complemented by Zoey Deutch, among others (“Why Him?”) and Rosario Dawson (“Krystal”), which set new, harmonious accents in their own unique ways. This is also funny, but especially in Deutch’s case it goes beyond the overacting threshold. But in the end it all somehow fits together again. It was the same with the first part: Despite many weak points, you still had fun spending an hour and a half in the care of the tried and tested four-piece combo.
Conclusion: If you liked part one, you’ll also like part two and if you weren’t a fan of the first part, Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland: Twice as Better” gives you one or two more reasons why that could be so. For the sequel, the director took a visibly critical look at the previous film and generated some new laughs from it. The tried and tested character constellation is also a lot of fun again. Only the decidedly artificial look leaves many question marks.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” can be seen in USA cinemas from November 7th.