Pink Lady Intellectually Challenged Blonde Steals "Zombieland" Sequel from nearly Flawless Young Vets

Updated 1 year ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor

Pink Lady Intellectually Challenged Blonde Steals "Zombieland" Sequel from nearly Flawless Young Vets
Ten years after a zombie apocalypse , history has stood still. Somehow, the quartet of original comedic zombie bashers returns intact for "Zombieland Double Tap," which adds hippies, monster trucks, hunter zombies, and a blonde, wide-eyed call her a "valley girl" (Zoey Deutch as Madison) arriving to complicate Columbus' (Jesse Eisenberg) deteriorating relationship with a suffocated by closeness Wichita (Emma Stone). Her younger sis (Abigail Breslin as Little Rock) wants to meet a young man (in a world where seemingly none survived) so she and Wichita leave the luxuries of the abandoned White House for greener pastures, leaving Columbus to mope with an increasingly wandering footed Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson).

For a brief reminder, we met nerdy Columbus searching for anyone near his Ohio home. He's taken in by Tallahassee for a never ending road trip and pick up con artists Wichita and Little Rock who tell of a West Coast sanctuary, an abandoned theme park free of flesh eaters until the quartet turn on the lights and lure a horde to the park.

Pink Lady Intellectually Challenged Blonde Steals "Zombieland" Sequel from nearly Flawless Young Vets

That reflection on the original has parallels to the sequel (i.e. the hippie pacifist Babylon). 

Despite blasting heads and slashing bodies, "Double Tap" is a comedy. Zombies evolved as Homers, Ninjas, Hawkings, and the T-800's have no brains and are push overs if you have the fire power. 

After the Lincoln's bedroom proposal rejection, the new "Zombieland" has a lull. The schtick and chemistry of the quartet has been shattered. Enter mall freezer dweller Madison, an intellectually challenged,  instant gratification no real emotions ceaseless jabbering pretty in pink Juicy Couture sweats, Von Dutch tank top  (and Ugg's) who rescues Columbus from depression then naively woos acceptance after Wichita returns dumped by Little Rock for a hippie composer. 

Yes, Babylon "resembles" the "amusement park" destination of the first film, but it's merely a venue for conflicting peace (no guns allowed) and zombie kills. Babylon's leaders melt guns into peace metals. Until the arrival of the quartet, it seems no one considered a zombie invasion of what is defended by a fence, a commons area, and a partially functioning high rise that has a rooftop of recreational goodies.

Pink Lady Intellectually Challenged Blonde Steals "Zombieland" Sequel from nearly Flawless Young Vets

Keeping with the Me-too environment , the sequel downplays sex and romance. After Wichita bolts, the intimacy starved Madison demands a Lincoln Bedroom encounter. It occurs, but as she pounces fully clothed on Columbus, the scene goes to black. 

Eisenberg stays calm during the Madison/Wichita conflict, which aside from her coming down the steps barefooted is trumped up once Wichita returns. Eisenberg is no stranger to "leading sexy females." He starred with Kristin (Twilight) Stewart in Adventureland the same year that the first Zombieland paired him with Emma Stone. 

Try as they might --- and they do by quickly achieving chemistry with Zoey Deutch --- the veterans can NOT spark the hilarity from Madison's naivete and motor mouthing one-liners . She steals the film by spinning and twisting a "airhead" stereotype in which she's technically more forward thinking than  the others particularly as constant pursuer. Call  her a perfect foil for the couple and a seamless happy banter counter for every "dumb" blonde joke imaginable.

Pink Lady Intellectually Challenged Blonde Steals "Zombieland" Sequel from nearly Flawless Young Vets

The pink suited mallrat (think Legally Blonde) Deutch spends the film as a near fool, though, she hints of her true thinking capacities by a 2009 prediction that essentially suggests Uber-like driving pool  would be a good replacement for taxis and timely use of pepper spray. 

Eisenberg has a cerebral style and Stone has a snarky persona , so Deutch shoulders guileness "lightness" in the bloody zombie infested heartland. 


Venom director Ruben Fleischer is behind the sequel,  alongwith original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick — the team behind Deadpool — which flawlessly amplifies the somber funnies of the original.