Saw this at Fantastic Fest over the weekend and was very surprised at how great Zombieland really was! At first I was very skeptical. I had seen my share of Shaun-of-the-Dead wannabe films and have had a gut full of even hearing about zombedies.
To be fair, this isn't really a comedy. It's more of a really funny horror film.
The story itself is not complicated at all. Pretty much what you see in the trailer is what you get story-wise. There is no explanation for what's going on and there are no "bad guys" other than zombies. It's just four "friends" (lack of a better word) surviving the apocalypse. This isn't a bad thing because it provides so much entertainment!
The film really hits the mark with the humor. It never gets excessive and sometimes the audience laughed so hard, I couldn't hear the movie. It's crazy how dead-on the humor is. The actors also brought a lot the their roles (especially Woody Harrelson) and each one was a PERFECT choice. I laughed so hard watching Abigail Breslin explain to Woody Harrelson about Hannah Montana. Don't know why- it was just well acted and timed.
Although it is a very funny movie, it never lends itself to being a true comedy because it is filled with scares and awesomely grotesque violence. Nothing like a good banjo to the face.
The best part of the film was the violence. Seriously, if you aren't watching a brutal, slow motion kill, you're watching Woody Harrelson kick zombie ass like a pro. Zombie fans need not worry because these zombies are vicious and bleed a LOT.
The best way to describe Zombieland is a hilariously badass adaption of Left 4 Dead. I'd venture to say it is way more entertaining than Left 4 Dead ever was, though.
The film is just a tad bit short, but it is relentlessly re-watchable. I left the theater with a huge grin on my face and laughed when festival workers pushed twinkies and Zombieland purell bottles on me! Do yourself a favor and go see it.