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With some films you can’t ever imagine feeling like you need a sequel to them. And with others, you can’t wait for the next instalment.
Did I feel as though I needed a follow up to Zombieland? I thought I was fine without.
But I’ll hold my hands up. I was wrong.
And not because Zombieland: Double Tap is anything new. In fact, it’s much of the same.
It presents a threat that’s only slightly more menacing than the zombies from the first film, and at times strays into trying a little too hard. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have a whale of a time.
2009’s Zombieland is a film I was warm on, but not one I’ve ever bothered to revisit, something I know isn’t the case for many others. But had I remembered it being anywhere near as funny as this second instalment, I’d have revisited it much sooner.
Zombieland: Double Tap sees the main cast of four – Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) – returning 10 years later, with a little interlude that introduces what they’ve been up to for the last decade.
Thankfully most of what you see in the trailer is just the setup of the film, and there’s a lot more to come.
The quartet are joined by an injection of fresh blood in the form of a hilarious Zoey Deutch, the wonderful Rosario Dawson and the Columbus/Tallahassee doppelgängers seen in the trailer; Thomas Middleditch and Luke Owen.
The relationships between the characters are uncomplicated overall, but that means you can quickly slip into the interplay and the inside jokes between them, and that’s what really makes the film.
It didn’t feel as though the main point of the script was character development. In fact none of the characters even come close to learning anything; but that’s easily forgiven.