Associate Arts & Culture Editor
With the original “Zombieland” coming out in 2009, fans of this comedic zombie apocalyptic movie have been waiting ten years for a sequel to finally come out. With all of the same big-named actors, “Zombieland: Double Tap” exceeds all expectations.
Jesse Eisenberg plays the same dorky, rule-abiding character named Columbus. Emma Stone is as badass as ever playing Wichita. Woody Harrelson stays true to Tallahassee with witty lines and creative zombie kills. Abigail Breslin, who was only 12 in the first movie, is all grown up playing Little Rock, Wichita’s rebellious younger sister.
Emma Stone has come a long way as an actress since being in “Zombieland” a decade ago. She’s starred in movies like “Easy A,” “The Help,” and “La La Land.” In 2017, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in “La La Land.” Recently known for her dramatic roles, her acting in this sequel brings back her comedic roots.
“Zombieland: Double Tap” also features new characters like a pacifist hippie played by “Victorious” star, Avan Jogia. Zoey Deutch plays a dim-witted, materialistic girl with hardly enough brains to attract zombies. Although these characters were not apart of the first film, they bring needed comedic relief to the second.
Zoey Deutch has been in a handful of comedies but never quite like this. She shows her acting capability with her ditzy blonde routine, which is as amusing and entertaining. While Wichita and Tallahassee may not get along with Deutch’s character, Madison, their interactions are sarcastic, bringing humor throughout the entire film
Ten years after the first film, this ragtag family is still together, trying to survive the end of the world in a zombie apocalypse. With adapting zombies who are smarter, quicker, and nearly imperishable, surviving is as difficult as ever for these four.
Unlike many zombie movies, “Zombieland: Double Tap” ends with all of the main characters back together to face another zombie-filled day. This sequel shows the importance of family and friends while maintaining funny catch phrases and lines alluding to the first movie.