Zombieland: Double Tap is a rare sequel that is better than the original movie. I laughed harder than I ever expected to!
Zombieland is one of my favorite movies, so of course I was excited to see Zombieland: Double Tap. But I never expected to enjoy it more than the original. The original was something special. Hilarious, and with the perfect cast. Could they replicate that? Could they improve on it? Apparently they could.
Despite Zombieland: Double Tap being one of my most anticipated movies of 2019, it just didn’t work out for me to see it until 2020 (kids, man). When I did settle in to watch it, I was hoping for the best. I had avoided reviews because I wanted to go in completely blind. And I am so glad that I did.
Double Tap immediately hooked me with the voice over talking about where they have been for the last ten years. It didn’t try to jump in right where it left off, oh no. It took the exact time difference and jumped in there. Which was perfect.
It Made Fun Of Itself
One of my favorite parts of this movie was the fact that they made fun of themselves. Certain things in zombie movies never, ever make sense. They still have working electricity so long after the apocalypse? Well, they explained that away in a sentence about how as long as it keeps raining, they will continue to have power.
Why would anyone choose somewhere like a giant freezer to hide, and not turn off the power? Well, she mentions that she looked for the switch and gave up. Little things like that just had me DYING. I was watching it on a plane and I am sure everyone was looking at me because I was laughing out loud.
Old & New Characters
I absolutely loved that they brought back the original characters and actors from Zombieland. They worked so well the first time that it really would have been a shame if they had not brought them back. I loved learning more about their stories, and what they have been up to.
The new characters were great as well. I really thought I was going to hate Madison, but turns out, I loved her. She provided a lot of comic relief, and Zoey Deutch was able to be ditsy AND hilarious, but not at all annoying — which can be hard. Berkley was also a great addition, and had me laughing out loud a few times.
Of course I was thrilled to see Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch in this movie, but just as I had guessed, they were not in it for long. However, that whole scene was amazing, and really made the movie. All of the nerdy references made me grin from ear to ear. How similar they were to Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenburg’s characters was extremely well written. And just seemed to make sense.
Zombieland: Double Tap feels like an extension of the original, and somehow, it is even better. I laughed, and yes, I even cried a little. It was damn near pure perfection. This is a movie that I will watch time and time again. I don’t think it will ever get old.
The humor is on point. The acting is fantastic. And the cast clearly has chemistry. Would I watch a third one? Heck yeah I would.
About Zombieland: Double Tap
A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap.
In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.