Updated: Oct 29, 2019
The zombie slayer team are back as they hit the road to Graceland, but along the way they encounter a new kind of zombies that are highly indestructible.
I'm a fan of the first installment of Zombieland. It is the only film aside from "Shaun of the Dead" that puts a unique twist on the tiresome apocalyptic genre. So obviously I was ecstatic to hear a sequel in the works. Ten years later, we have the second installment, and thankfully it is just as good as the first.
This is a fun film. Don't go in expecting exquisite storytelling and a deep character arc because it's not that kind of film. It's a comedic road trip movie that's well-acted, innovative, and totally badass. The story is just right without being overwhelmingly complex and dull. However, it is a series that you either like or you don't. The style of comedy is specific and while I do think the first film is more humorous, this installment still manages to nail several gut-busters.
Don't be fooled, the action is up to par too. The killings are always gruesome and fresh in Zombieland. The gang undergoes tough battles against these new zombies and they do not hold back. Woody Harrelson specifically takes it up a notch to a new level of ass-kicking by creating some pretty cool gadgets to take down these creatures.
Notably, It's a huge reminder to fans that the first film arrived before Emma Stone's Oscar, Jesse Eisenberg massive talent leap in "The Social Network" and Abigail Breslin's growth spurt. They were all young actors far away from Hollywood status, yet they play the characters exactly the same. No one tries to push the envelope, not even once. I applaud all performances because they entertained us from beginning to end, and that is truly the most important aspect of film.
If you're a fan of the first one, you'll love it.
If not, you may want to sit this one out.