Zombieland: Double Tap is a clever sequel that actually works.
The first Zombieland was a great movie. It came out of virtually nowhere and captured the hearts of movie goers. It was funny, self-aware, violent, and just special. While the movie ended pretty perfectly and didn’t necessarily need a sequel, I was open to it. Comedy sequels do not have a good track record, and on top of that a sequel coming 10 years later. I have to see it again, and rewatch the original but my gut tells me Zombieland: Double Tap is better than its predecessor.\
The plot of Zombieland is simple. A zombie apocalypse has broken out and our protagonists must survive. The main cast returns which includes Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. There are a few new characters, but I won’t spoil them. The main new character is Madison who is played to perfection by Zoey Deutch.
The biggest complaint that I have heard about Zombieland: Double Tap is that the magic just isn’t there. I disagree with that claim. Zombieland: Double Tap adds to what the first Zombieland laid out. Zombieland: Double Tap is really funny and very clever with its humor. The whole movie is clever. The story has the same beats as the first movie. The characters get more development added as well. Oh, and the zombies are bigger and better.
The cast all bring their A game. Harrelson is definitely a standout. He hysterical just like the first movie. The new character Madison is comedy gold. Deutch plays such a good dumb blonde. She has some of the best comedic movies in the movie. The chemistry between all of the characters is great but it is not as strong as the first movie because of certain circumstances.
It’s hard not to compare and contrast the two movies. If you want to laugh, watch the movie. I think that is why I loved it so much. The biggest goal of a comedy is to make the audience laugh, and Zombieland: Double Tap succeeds. Yes, the plot can be thin, but the laughs and the characters make up for it.