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Rule #35 – Go See Zombieland

I need a new desk.

I need a new desk.

For those of you that have yet to get the wits about you to go see Zombieland, let me point out how integral it is that you see this film.  What we have here is a magnificent film on a great number of accounts.  Zombieland manages to really invigorate the Zombie genre much in the way that Shaun of the Dead did prior.  It’s going to be just about impossible to not compare the two films so let’s just get to it.  Shaun of the Dead gave us a humorous look at the Zombie film in a way that it’s basically a comedy that has zombies inserted into it.  I would say Zombieland takes a world infested with zombies and has comedy inserted into  it.  That may sound strange, but we’ll examine it a bit more. 

The humor in Zombieland primarily falls in the characters honestly seeking out ways to bring humor into what would otherwise be a dark and tragic world.  They take this place and make the best of it that they can.  Here is where we see less of the characters desperately trying to just survive, and more of them actually adapting.  A clear setting of this is the gimmick of the movie “Rules for surviving Zombieland.”  These rules pop up throughout the film at the right moments and prove to not only be hilarious, but also very insightful.  You can see these rules as a method of showing that this is what their society is like now.  We have simple common rules that we live by in every day life, and in this world those no longer apply and must be replaced by a new set of commandments such as Rule #1: Cardio.  Another example of this adaptation is that most of the time they characters react to the Zombies with a sense of annoyance or a “job to do” than of utter fear and panic.  As the movie progresses you really feel like this is a brand new world as apposed to a doomed one.

Something else that’s really important to this film is the characters themselves.  Each of the characters in the film develop over what would be normal conversations between mostly normal people.  You never get moments of really high drama or serious tension between the characters.  I think that this just makes them feel even more real in spite of the things they’ve done.  Part of this is that they actually take time to relieve stress or still enjoy themselves.  This lets us as the audience grow more attatched to them because they just aren’t overly emotional about anything.  Part of that is the help of the directors who take even dramatic moments and put a humorous twist on them. 

There’s a lot more that I want to say about this film, but I feel like I can’t really do the film justice without giving away massive spoilers.  I’ll more than likely re-examine this film once it hits store shelves because this is a movie that really stands out in a sea of repetition.

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  1. jettwinlock
    October 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I went to movie poopers and just read the the entire plot. It does sound good, so I will have to wait until dvd.

  2. October 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Nice product placement. ;) I shall have to go check this movie out.

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