Thursday, 20 February 2020

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

"Easily As Charming, Entertaining and Funny as the First"

In a world filled with disappointing comedy sequels (ZOOLANDER 2) and poor horror sequels (pretty much all of them) here's a real surprise - a comedy horror follow up that's taken ten years to appear and is actually even more entertaining than its predecessor.

Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are still together, surviving the zombie apocalypse of ten years ago with the aid of Columbus' never-ending set of rules. They return to the Whitehouse where Columbus proposes to Wichita and Little Rock bemoans her lack of a boyfriend. The next day both women have left, leaving a briefly scribbled note and two perplexed men.  

Discovering ditzy Madison (Zooey Deutch) at the mall, Columbus enjoys a brief relationship before Wichita's unexpected return with some worrying news: Little Rock has found herself a hippy boyfriend and they're off to gun-free vegetarian paradise Babylon by way of Graceland. Our heroes set off in pursuit, encountering zombies, Rosario Dawson and Columbus and Tallahassee's own doppelgängers (played by Thomas Middleditch and Luke Wilson) along the way.

With the same writers (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) and the same director (Ruben Fleischer) in addition to the same cast, it looks as if it was the right thing to take a bit of time in getting ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP together. The chemistry between the leads is a sparkling as ever and the situations in which they find themselves as entertaining as in the first film. There's even a remarkable fight scene about halfway through (after a game of Magic the Gathering) that tops anything from the first movie. 

        It's rare that a sequel can take this long to come out and be this good but ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP looks like it's going to be the exception that proves that particular rule. Don't leave at any point during the end credits if you were a fan of Bill Murray's appearance in the original because there's a whole extra bit just for you. 

Extras on all formats include a director's commentary where there is much Emma Stone idolising, featurettes on 'The Rides of Zombieland' (detailing the vehicles used in the film), 'Rules of Making a Zombie Film', 'Making Babylon' and 'New Blood' (profiling the actors new to the franchise).

Exclusive to the 4KUHD and Blu-ray releases are a blooper / gag reel, a piece on the 'doppelgangers' with Middleditch and Wilson, nine alternate and extended scenes, and the featurette 'A Day With Bill Murray'.

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP is out on 4K Ultra HD, 
Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Monday 24th February 2020

1 comment:

  1. Who knew that hiding in a freezer in Pinkberry was such a great idea? *laughs*