“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a sequel to “Zombieland” which was released in 2009. Ruben Fleischer returns to the director’s chair with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick being joined by Dave Callaham as the scriptwriters. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eiesenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone all reprise their roles as the characters that prefer to go by their cities as origin. Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, and Zoey Deutch join the cast as survivors of a zombie epidemic.
The writing did not seem to be that much better than the first film, however my enjoyment of the sequel was more noticeable. I may have just been in a better mood when I saw the first movie for the first time yesterday. Who knows? Anyway, there are some new characters to meet. There was some retreading and plenty of reminders of the rules compiled by Eusenberg’s Columbus. Breslin’s Little Rock is all grown up and a little fed up being stuck with people a little beyond her age group though. Harrelson’s Tallahassee is as outrageous and manic as ever. It was sort of nice to see the main cast again even if I was a little disappointed in the first film.
It’s a very zany ride watching this movie, but I found myself able to just go with it. Not every joke landed well, but there were moments that elicited some laughs.
It’s still pretty gruesome though. The action sequences were fun and well realized for the most part.
I guess the third writer helped more than I expected. It’s still a very flawed piece of film making, but it’s a still a fun diversion for an afternoon.