ZOMBIE MOVIES – Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

I was so excited to see Zombieland: Double Tap. The first Zombieland movie is one of my all time favorite movies, and I usually watch it at least once a year, more if I am on a lot of planes for work. I bought my tickets the moment I was able to early in the week (thinking it would sell out quickly) and arrived with bated breath.

The movie opens with a bit of nostalgia with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) giving a voice over while explaining how the world has changed since the last time we saw him. The zombies have evolved, and the survivors have to fight harder to stay alive.

Zombieland: Double Tap is a good movie. It is funny and has several good action sequences. It suffers from having to try and live up to the first movie though. What I mean by that is if it were a stand alone, first movie, I probably would have given it a 93/100, however, having to live up to, and thus be compared to the first movie, costs it 10 points. An 83/100 is a good movie, its just not the epic movie the first one was.

I put that above so if you want to go see it and make up your own mind you can, before we get to spoilers. Be warned, I’m going to give spoilers now. Stop reading if you don’t want to know details before seeing Zombieland: Double Tap.

So what cost Double Tap points? The love story between Wichita and Columbus and the way it played out. They got in a rut since the last movie, and she decides to do exactly what she did in the first movie, and run. It felt weak to me. Then add in the cute but annoying Madesin (Zoey Deutch) and somehow Wichita is allowed to be a pain when Columbus bangs the only other girl he doesn’t consider family after she disappears for a month? The little love triangle was annoying to me and felt like weak writing.

The other thing I found really hard to enjoy was the jump in age for Little Rock. In the last movie she was a cute kid, and please, Abigail Breslin, forgive me if your reading this. You are a sweet beautiful young lady, but seeing you in my mind as that pre teen, and then now as a girl who wants to smoke pot and have a boyfriend was hard for me to enjoy. My brain was expecting that sassy pre teen, and it made it hard for me to watch your scenes, because I kept having to remind myself that you grew up. Maybe if there had been a movie in the middle and the jump was smaller it wouldn’t twist my mind up so much.

The last thing that I thought took away from the movie was the way the Babylon commune didn’t believe in guns and how that forced a non gun based finale – which I felt was just a little silly.

Woody, Jesse, Abigail, and Emma, please don’t let an 83/100 make you think I didn’t enjoy the movie. I did, and you guys are awesome. Now go start making Zombieland 3!!!!

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