Written by: alex1176
The biggest laugh in "Zombieland" involves Bill Murray and I'll leave it at that. Overall, the movie is a solid mix of horror and comedy. And while I can't really compare it to "Shaun of the Dead" (I still haven't seen it), I can say that if you love zombie films, than you'll have a good time. It's destined to become a cult classic.
The movie opens with what seems to be an homage to Zach Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" remake. Numerous photo stills sum up the zombie apocalypse with images of grusome (and funny) zombie activity. Since the movie is a spoof, the script is laced with humor, and first-time director Ruben Fleischer has fun with the "rules" the hero has learned in order to survive. The movie's hero is a teenager named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and he is a nerdy introvert who spent time playing "World of Warcraft" and eating pizza before the infection spread. As he roams through the freeways of "Zombieland", he is joined by a Twinkie-loving badass played by Woody Harrleson. The two hook up with a pair of sisters (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) and head out to Los Angeles to visit an amusement park.
"Zombieland" blends the narration of teenage comedies with the structure of a road movie. There isn't as many zombie face-offs as I thought there would be; but the final showdown is a real hoot with Woody packing as much heat as he did in "Natural Born Killers". I only wish the creepy Clown Zombie would've had more screen time. Still, the Bill Murray scene more than makes up for it. "Zombieland" is only about 85 minutes long, but it's a real hoot. As I stated before, if you're a fan of the genre, than you're going to love it. It's a great mix of gore and gags.