Coming out after a surprisingly long – 10 year – delay, Zombieland: Double Tap is a clever name that people who saw the first film would understand. Set in the same post apocalyptic America, 10 years later, we see the same characters from the first film still making their way through life, but now as a comfortable family unit.
The writers stay true to the characters, not worrying about the 2019 political correctness that was much less prevalent during the writing of the first film (2009). This is especially true for the potty mouth, no-nonsense Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). Having the original cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, gave the film a nostalgic feel while the addition of Zoe Deutch playing the ‘dumb blonde’ role was surprisingly good as these roles are hard to play well.
Although it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the first Zombieland, it still nailed all the aspects that made the first film a big success – dark humour, a wholesome family feel and great character dynamics. So really, the only thing working against the film was that it was nothing we haven’t seen before. It also leaves you wondering why it didn’t come out 8 years ago.