Movie Review: Zombieland 2 Double Tap (2019)

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Summary: Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
There is a mid-credits scene and an end credits scene.
Pros:
Cast and Characters.
  • Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee. He is basically the dad in the group lol, he does his own thing. He loves cars, guns, killing zombies and in this movie ELVIS. His relationship with Columbus is the same, they’re a bit antagonistic, mostly Tall to Columbus they trust each other. They are aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work well together. He gets a lot of chances in this movie to be funny, to show how awesome he is, and Woody Harrelson is great! He’s so likable even when he’s being rude.
  • Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus. Of course, you can say that Eisenberg always plays himself and maybe he does but it works for him and I like it. It was great seeing him in a movie where he’s just having fun. Columbus is a bit neurotic, but it works for him. He’s stayed alive all this time! In this, they’re all living in the white house and he and Wichita are still together. He has ideas and plans for the future and is a little upset and sarcastic when things don’t go his way, but he has every right to be how he is lol. I totally get him. I love Columbus because he’s just awkward, sweet and weird but just like everyone else, very capable.
  • Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. Wichita’s rebellious younger sister and she’s the reason why the movie happens pretty much. Her and Wichita run off and then she runs off from her sister and is just stupid lol. She’s a young adult and wants everyone to know she’s not a little kid anymore and wants to find people her own age, she feels trapped in the “kid” role and she doesn’t want that. She also is sick of the Zombieland life. Whenever we see her, she’s with Berkeley and she’s enamored because he’s cute and her age and finally! Other people who aren’t zombies! She was a little annoying and kind of stupid, but she pulls through at the end. I think her relationship with Tallahassee is cute and I totally get her reasonings but come on man, you’re in a Zombieland. Can’t be stupid.
  • Emma Stone as Wichita. Emma Stone is always a win. Wichita is the same as she was in the first one, a bit hardened and sarcastic and she still has an issue with commitment or feeling trapped in a role. She knows how to handle herself but is very protective of her younger sister as well. Her and Columbus have a cute relationship and it’s funny because he’s so weird and she’s so cool. They also have great chemistry. I like her interactions with Madison because they are so different, but I think it’s clear Emma Watson just has fun in this role, she gets to be sassy, as per usual, but she’s more of a rude sassy than her quirky sassy lol.
  • Rosario Dawson as Nevada. She joins the movie a little later, but she runs the Hound Dog Elvis motel and she’s awesome. Rosario is always awesome. She is very similar to Tallahassee in her personality but she’s much cooler than him. She’s badass and comes through in the clutch later in the film.
  • Zoey Deutch as Madison. We meet Madison at a mall and Columbus almost shoots her because she just appeared out of nowhere. But she’s a dumb blonde and that’s her joke throughout the movie and I’m perfectly fine with that. It’s hilarious to me. I’ve never seen Deutch play a role like this before and I quite enjoyed it. It worked for her, she’s funny.
Supporting Characters. We have some supporting characters we meet, some last throughout the movie and others are just cameos. Avan Jogia as Berkeley, Luke Wilson as Albuquerque and Thomas Middleditch as Flagstaff. Avan Jogia was basically a hippie type character. He was pretty annoying lol, but it worked for him. He still cute. Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch are basically the same, of Columbus and Tallahassee in how they look and act. It’s supposed to be a funny interaction and I think it was. It worked for me.
For Fans of the First One. I think it’s a given that if you loved the first one then you’ll probably love this one. This one manages to be a continuation of the cult classic Zombieland but also managing to remain fresh and feel like seeing the first one for the first time again. The characters have returned and are as we left them, just older with different people problems, not to mention, new people and zombie problems.
It’s funny. I laughed throughout the movie. Humor is subjective, as I always say whenever I mention the humor in a movie, but I laughed a lot. I also had a nice crowd in my theater so there was a lot of laughter. I think the line delivery really works for a lot of the sarcasm and these actors have a knack for being funny without trying to come off funny. Zoey Deutch’s Madison really was a scene-stealer whenever she was on screen and I really enjoyed her. It was my first time seeing her like that and she got a lot of laughs from me and the audience. Of course, Harrelson, Eisenberg and Stone work well together. Not to mention, the cameo from Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch was great too. Great funny scene. Also, Tallahassee’s entire Black Foot thing, like bruh what? lol
Awesome action sequences. Just like in the first, this one has great action scenes with the zombies. Of course, we get an opening narration with Columbus narrating and we get a nice introduction to our characters and the zombies at the White House. Great scene. Then later, the scene near the RV was awesome. Shows just how badass Wichita and Tallahassee are. The scene in the Hound Dog Hotel was great! And of course, the battle at the end had some high moments too.
High Stakes. I think this movie really showcases some high stakes in that Little Rock runs off with some Hippie and everyone is worried about her, not to mention, the zombies have evolved and are better hunters and harder to kill. Plus, people are turning around them left and right lol, I was stressed out watching this movie because I was worried about how many people were going to make it to the end. I think the movie does a good job in making those stakes feel important and make you think that they’re going to kill people you care about. The entire last act of the film was one big tense but awesome sequence.
Cons:
A Real Story? Meh. In ways, the first one is kind of like this, but it feels like a series of events more than a singular movie. I know that Zombieland was supposed to be a television series before the movie and after the movie but never seemed to make it there.  I think even here, it seems like it could have been a show with how much it feels like characters go from place to place, meet new people and things happen. I find this to be very noticeable and it breaks up the flow of the film a bit.
Ending Battle. I think overall, it was okay. The entire movie is leading up to this final battle where our main four must show they’re awesome and save a bunch of other people and while the first part of the battle was great, the monster truck stuff was great, it didn’t end with the same tension or awesomeness as the first part.
Overall, I loved the first one, so I had hopes that while this one won’t be as good, I’ll love it too and true words. It’s great! It’s almost just as good as the first one because it has the same energy and feeling as the first one did, we’re just more comfortable in this world since we’ve already been introduced to it. I think it allows for viewers to just dive right back in and you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. All the characters are still great, the returning ones we know and love, are still hilarious and work so well as a family even with their issues. The actors are having fun and they’re all great. The new characters, no matter how small or large the roles, also are great. There isn’t anyone we meet that I dislike, who are important characters. What we learn about zombie evolution is super cool and the movie is funny and it’s a fun adventure with high stakes. However, there isn’t much of a story, I mean it’s there but it’s not a focal point. Also, the end battle was underwhelming. With everything else we got beforehand, the climax fizzles. But the movie fun and if you like the first one, I’d imagine you’d also like this one.
Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars. Honestly, I would give this a higher score for pure entertainment value, but I think this is fair.
Have you seen Zombieland 2: Double Tap? What are your thoughts?
What is your favorite zombie movie?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Movie Review: Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)

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Summary: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Pros:

Good Acting. I think everyone in the movie was fine. I didn’t think anyone was bad, they did their job for this kind of movie. Kyle Chandler was a little yelly and annoying but that was his character lol. Vera Farmiga, I always think is good and Millie Bobby Brown was good too, I didn’t think she had a ton to do even though she was always in a scene. Then supporting actors were fine. I mean, you don’t come to this movie for the human aspect, but everyone does what is expected of them.

The Titans/Design. So, the best thing about this movie is the Titans, how they look and their interactions. I mean, Godzilla still looks cool and anytime he comes out of the water or uses his Blue Sonic Breath (not sure of the names) it just looks so cool! I think they might have changed his design a little bit in this one compared to the first one, which is cool. Not only is he cool, but you care and empathize with him. When he’s fighting Ghidorah, you really want him to win lol.

Rodan comes out of the volcano and I’m not sure if this shot was only in the trailer because I don’t remember seeing it in the movie.

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But anyway, he looks so cool! It’s like his blood is lava because he always has this red volcanic glow to his body. He also really looks like a dinosaur. Whenever he flapped his wings, there was always a huge gust of wind and whenever he flew, he decimated everything below him with a wave of strong wind. It was amazing. I mean he’s a giant dinosaur bird lol.

Mothra was my favorite because she was beautiful! I don’t even like moths lol. When we first see her, she’s a larva, which is gross and then she cocoons herself in the waterfall and we don’t really see her again until the big climax at the end. But y’all, when she spreads her wings for the first time in that waterfall, literally my favorite shot of the entire movie.

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It’s so beautiful. Oh, my goodness. She looks like a giant moth lol, she has longer legs though so she can fight because real moths just cling to things. She also has a stinger I think? lol Anyway, she shows up after Godzilla got hurt during a battle and she’s just pure light and you can’t really see her. Honestly, you don’t get a good look at her until she shows up for the fight at the end. But she comes through in the clutch and she was my favorite. I always thought she and Godzilla were enemies? Tell me in the comments.

King Ghidorah is a hydra with three heads and it’s an apex predator and Godzilla’s nemesis. So, of course humans are stupid and woke the giant three-headed dragon that harnesses lightning and cause category 6 storms just by flying… stupid humans. But he also had a GREAT ENTRANCE!

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Each head clearly had its own brain because they did their own things. If one head got hurt, then the others would do something to help or try and make up for what the third head couldn’t do but the center head was clearly the leader. There are some snake qualities in there, there’s a scene where the heads lower and the slither across the ground like a snake and I was like “that’s awesome” lol. This dude is a serious jerk though lol and he just does his own thing but he’s a dictator.

We do see other Titans awake in the movie: Behemoth, Scylla, Methuselah and a MUTO. They all look cool. They do all have their own design and I think the Behemoth looked the coolest being a mixture of a mammoth and a gorilla.

The Action. Great action, when you can see it! I remember there being a lot of complaints about the first movie because they wouldn’t show Godzilla in his entirety for a lot of the movie but I thought that was an interesting choice because it was just adding to the tension of the reveal. Here, he’s front and center quite a lot. Whenever he’s on screen, we see him kicking ass. This battle between Godzilla and Ghidorah was everything and this is another one of my favorite shots.

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Godzilla and Ghidorah face off twice and both times it’s a huge thing, the second time even more so and I liked the “new form” that Godzilla took in order to really get at him. The fight between Rodan and Mothra was also handled nicely and anytime any Titan was on screen going toe to toe with something else, it was great. I bet it would have been awesome to see in Dolby.

Musical Score. The musical score was beautiful. Whenever a Titan was being revealed, the music that played over their reveal was amazing. I have to say I loved the “Clair de Lune” and the “Over the Rainbow” they used in the trailers. I thought it really helped amp the scene if it was during a fight, or when it soft and somber because someone was hurt. It works really well.

Cons:

Boring and/or Random Humans. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS! It’s the same issue I had with Dumbo (2019) that the humans were boring, and their drama was annoying and melodramatic and of course things happen because humans are stupid. You think because you have the ability to awake the Titans you should? You think you can control Gods of Nature? Yeah okay… and then you have Kyle Chandler’s character just angry and pissy at everyone. I get it, you suffered a tragedy, but you don’t have to remind me every five minutes. I remember. Then they would have people in the movie, who they make seem like a big thing but then they’re not. Like actress Zhang Zivi plays Dr. Chen and Dr. Ling but we see Dr. Ling briefly and she never talks and I’m like “what was the point? To show us she had a twin? She was going to show us that later anyway.” It was useless. Even Sally Hawkins’ character was throw away and Sam (Middleditch), take him out and combine his character with someone else… I mean there are a lot of people in this. I really didn’t care about the family issues. I didn’t care why Millie Bobby Brown’s character did what she did on that bridge because I thought it was stupid. Just ugh.

Lame Plot. There is so much going on this movie that I didn’t even care. I just want to see the monsters. The company has to face off against the Titans because you have people in the company who think they know what’s best for the world. They think they can do stuff and then control it… stuff we have seen so many times and then you add in the side plot of the family issues with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown and anytime we had to listen to them whine, I was like “ugh”. If the story was written better than I would be into it. Now, I liked all the stuff that dealt with uncovering the history of the Titans, and I wish the movie focused on that more. That was way more interesting than any of the boring human stuff.

Too Dark. This movie has this weird “blue film” quality to it where it just looks blue and grey and you can’t really see much. I hate when action movies like this, with big creatures and it’s hard to see things a lot of the time. It shouldn’t be that hard. There are some great shots obviously but there are also a ton of dark and grey shots. I want to see!

Overall, I enjoyed this movie because of the Titans. There are a lot of cool shots and the action is fun when you can see it. The designs of the Titans are some of my favorite bits of the movie because they just look so cool. I would watch a video of just the Titans coming out of their resting places and moving across the world lol. The acting in the movie by the actors is also just fine. However, the story was whack, the characters were annoying and it’s too dark to really enjoy the action as much as I would have liked too. The screen can still be dark and smoky but visible. I think it’s a fun movie, nothing too special unless you’re just here for the Titans, which I’m sure most viewers are.

Rating: 2.89 out of 5 stars.

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