Title: Zombieland Director: Ruben Fleischer Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 28m
“Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other’s company. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star in this double-hitting, head-smashing comedy.”
1:18 – “It’s amazing how quickly things can go from bad to total s**tstorm.” 4:33 – Incredible colour on this intro sequence. 5:06 – Recognise that petrol station from that music video. 7:08 – Who knew windscreen wipers could be a weapon? 10:49 – Ha, loving Woody’s grumpiness. 21:12 – Manwich! 21:31 – I feel like I should maybe try a Twinkie. 27:53 – Little Abigail Breslin is amazing, but can’t get Chanel out of my head. 29:08 – I need a list of these rules. 31:25 – Interesting what you wish for when the world goes weird. Twinkies, showers, etc. 33:35 – “12’s the new 20. Gun please.” 37:48 – “That place totally blows… my mind.” 40:52 – Plus it makes sense to stick together. 43:21 – “Okay, let me begin my three-part apology…” 46:16 – Can’t really imagine the devastation in a big city like LA. 47:59. Oh my god, Bill Murray. 49:32 – So blasé about Ghostbusters. Love the film within a film. 56:00 – The whole BM thing, hilarious. 58:02 – “I haven’t cried like that since Titanic.” 1:05:57 – They turned the park into a zombie beacon. 1:11:21 – “Buckle up!” Haha, that’a rule dontyaknow. 1:18:11 – I mean, Zombie Clown is nightmare city.
So, ages ago, I bought a bundle of comedy films on iTunes and watched a handful of them and forgot about the rest. With the new releases slowing down in the New Year, it was time to delve into the back catalogue and see what the old comedies had to offer.
I can’t believe it’s taken this long to watch this one, it was brilliant! Spiky and funny, unexpected in all the right places, and with a fantastic cast - Emma, Jesse, Abigail and Woody Harrelson, who I am now obsessed with.
The story was your traditional zombie apocalypse situation, survivors trying to find their way home, but because it veered to the side of comedy rather than horror, it was fabulous and fun, and ended up being quite uplifting in the end. Also, Bill Murray geniusness.