In 2009, Zombieland appeared on big screens everywhere. Something of a cult hit, it presented a world where, because zombies overran everything, survivors lived however they felt like. Theft, vandalism, breaking and entering, heck you could kill people as long as they were zombies. Even as a comedy, it was the least dangerous-looking zombie apocalypse ever.
Now, a decade later, we finally get a sequel titled Zombieland: Double Tap.
After a bit of an update, even commenting on the long delay between movies, we again meet up with Talahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock (returning stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin). They are looking to find a place to settle down. They’ve chosen the White House.
That’s more or less how this movie goes. The foursome move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and make themselves at home with America’s national treasures. There’s actually a good visual gag in the background because of one such action if you look in the right place. But there are problems. Little Rock is an adult now, and she’s had enough of Talahassee’s overbearing parenting. Meanwhile, Wichita and Columbus are having unexpected relationship problems.
Things get a little more crazy when the girls split. Columbus meets stereotypical dumb blonde Madison, Little Rock hooks up with pacifist musician Berkley, and the whole crew find they really need to get together again to survive the new breed of zombies.
So, basically, Zombieland movies are just fun. When society doesn’t exist, what do people do? Whatever they want to from the looks of things. True, Columbus lives by a series of rules, but the general rules of polite society no longer exist. Trash the Lincoln Bedroom? Sure, why not? And given how long stretches of movie exist without a single zombie sighting, that makes sense. These people can just hang out and do what they want.
Plus, this movie really makes good use of Columbus’s rules as onscreen jokes. When Wichita, Talahassee, and Columbus meet up with another, rather familiar pair of survivors, that pair’s one missing rule may be the key to survival.
By the by, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch do a good job as those other survivors.
Basically, this is a fun movie. Don’t go expecting high cinema. Just go and have some fun. 8.5 out of 10 poorly placed holiday celebrations.