New Zombieland Story Falls Short


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After 10 years of waiting and anticipation, Columbia Pictures released its new installment of Zombieland on October 18th. The arrival of the movie has brought a great deal of hype. Both fans and newcomers lined up to see this film in action. I’m surprised that many students did not have a clue what Zombieland was. There is a possibility that they have forgotten the original movie since it was released back in 2009. Luckily, I was able to rewatch the first and make comparisons between the movies.

Many fans were very puzzled about why it took so long, but the reason for the long wait was the writing for the sequel. Jesse Eisenberg revealed in an interview that “the writing for the follow-up was already made when the first Zombieland released. But it wasn’t the best writing for a follow-up.” I can see the reason it took a long time. When the screenwriters finished the revised script, most of the cast was working on other movie projects. Once they were able to shoot the sequel, the cast was unfamiliar with each other, it had been years since they have been together. They needed more time to reconnect.

I thought the adventures of the original cast in “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” were amazing. I believe it was a little lackluster on the story side. “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” leans towards the first movie’s humor and setting instead of being a standalone movie. This can bring positive and negative things to a film. But with the humor of Zombieland came the all-out craziness of “Zombieland 2”. The writing of “Double Tap” is decent for its time.

I believe there’s a split between the fans of the series since a few hardcore fans will be in love with the outrageous humor and the nostalgic references to the first movie. While newcomers to the story will be confused at first but will be able to keep up with its flowing story. I believe that this movie will grab people’s attention.

I would rate this movie 3.5 out 5 maroos.