I went into this movie with pretty high expectations, since every reviewer in the world seemed to love it and a bunch of my friends told me how great it was.
So did it meet my expectations? Yes and no. There were parts of it I really liked, such as the opening 20 minutes and the ending sequence, which takes place in a theme park. The middle of the movie? A little slow.
But it’s only a 90 minute movie, so the slow parts aren’t that long, and they are spiced up with an unexpected cameo that is a great deal of fun.
The high points: Woody Harrelson returning to comedy as a badass zombie hunter. He is certainly the best thing about the movie and is obviously having a great time. The aforementioned opening scenes (including the inspired opening credits). And Jesse’s Eisenberg’s “rules” for surviving a zombie apocalypse are amusing and enjoyable. The zombie kills are also very inventive and appropriately gruesome.
The low points: Jesse Eisenberg. He is a fine actor, but he reminds me too much of Michael Cera. He’s kind of Michael Cera Light, so that was a bit distracting. Also, I think Abagail Breslin was the wrong actress to play the young hoodlum style girl. She’s still too much Little Miss Sunshine and not enough Hard Candy.
That’s about it. A fun movie, an enjoyable movie, but not a great movie. 7/10.