“Zombieland: Double Tap” was released this weekend, and it definitely lived up to the level of expectations that I had going in. The original “Zombieland” was released in 2009, and was a huge hit considering it came out when the concept of zombies and the apocalypse were especially relevant in pop culture. This movie definitely felt like it was ten years late, but I honestly had no problem with that whatsoever.
I was skeptical from the first moment I heard there was going to be a sequel. As they stand, comedy sequels typically don’t do anywhere near as well as their predecessors. However, the core cast proves that this is not always the case as they are stellar in their roles and their chemistry is just as evident ten years later.
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin all reprise their roles in “Zombieland: Double Tap.” I’m glad that they all agreed to do this sequel, as I feel that without them it wouldn’t have worked in any way.
Harrelson is a stand-out yet again, and his character Tallahassee remains a crowd-pleaser. The over-the-top delivery of his lines consistently drew laughs from the audience and kept my attention glued to the screen. Although, I would’ve liked to have seen a couple of Twinkie references this time around as that was so essential to his character development in the first movie.
There are also some new faces added to the cast this time around that help with the level of humor in some scenes. The additions of Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch and Rosario Dawson are especially noteworthy. There was just enough screen time for these characters to develop and add to the story and comedy without taking away from the story of our beloved main characters.
There is one scene in particular that includes Middleditch and Eisenberg outside a house discussing the iconic rules for surviving Zombieland. The chemistry between the two makes for some really entertaining screen time. The back and forth of their characters and the similarity in their personalities is pure fun.
The comedy this time around is not necessarily as funny as the first installment, but it is without a doubt the same type of humor. Most of the jokes are solid, and the delivery this time around is just as fantastic. This movie is by no means better than the first, but it’s not trying to be. It’s pure, zombie-killing fun and there’s nothing bad about it at all. This was a movie that didn’t need to be made at all, but I’m glad that it was.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” was very much a love letter to fans of the first and offered just enough closure for a satisfying ending to the cinematic world of Zombieland. It definitely would’ve benefited more from being released a few years earlier, but it is still a great sequel. If you enjoyed the original, you will enjoy the sequel. Check it out this weekend with a crowd at the theater if you’re looking for some solid laughs in an enjoyable, action-packed zombie movie. Also, stick around for the mid-credits scene for a surprise cameo from a beloved actor.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.