We’re getting the band back together! The madness continues all the way to the White House in the horror comedy’s return to the big screen.
Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg are all back, and ten years later they loaded with Oscar nominations in their pockets; in Emma Stone’s case… a win! Sony boldly announces their Oscar bonafides in an ironic wink, given that thespian credentials aren’t necessary for a buddy-road-trip-zombie killing comedy. (That said, it doesn’t HURT either.) The awkward personal dynamics from the first movie are still there, and the same romp-tastic atmosphere is too.
Fortunately Ruben Fleischer, the director from the original movie has returned as well. Fleischer has mostly been directing for TV, so lets see if hes dusted the cobwebs off and still has the great comedic timing from the first film.
Comedies are really hard with sequels, so you have to keep your fingers crossed that Double Tap will still feel fresh and fun. The team descends on Washington, and arrive at the White House. I wonder if they’re using the old sets from The West Wing for this movie. it’s a bit of a trick to bring in something like this icon without making some sort of a political statement, so I wonder see how much this film lets in the current events, and if there are any Trump references mixed in, or whether the producers feel like that’s a third rail.
It is great to see one great Zombie comedy pay homage to another, with the addition of Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch playing echoes of Tallahassee (Harrelson) and Columbus (Eisenberg), which is a direct reference to Shaun of the Dead. I wonder who they have in store for the mirrors of Little Rock (Breslin) and Wichita (Stone). Zoey Deutch is joining the cast as a ditzy survivor, providing more potential comedy gold to be mined.
The trailer looks like a whole lot of fun, and you won’t have to wait too long for it to show up. Zombieland: Double Tap will be in wide release nationally on October 18.