It's been 10 years since the original Zombieland and while that amount of time passing can frequently mean death to a franchise, Zombieland was a movie that, like the titular monsters, never seemed to completely stay dead. The team that brought the first one to life was always interested in making a sequel, and the fans that made the first one a hit seemed willing to wait for it to happen.
Now, that sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, is here, and based on the reviews that are hitting the internet, it looks like those fans that have been waiting for more Zombieland are going to be pleasantly surprised. The new movie is more of what you love, even if not every critic is sold on the idea that's enough.
CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg reviewed Zombieland: Double Tap and gave the film 3.5 stars, saying the movie is both a solid zombie movie and a hilarious comedy.
This sentiment is largely echoed by most of the reviews that are coming out. If you liked the first one, you'll like the new one. While pretty much all the critics love the core cast, and agree that they haven't missed a beat for the most part. What helps Double Tap stand apart is the new cast of the film. Several new characters join the band of heroes we know. Zoey Deutch is getting a lot of praise for her role. IGN specifically calls her out, while calling the movie one of the funniest of the year.
While Zombieland: Double Tap is ultimately a comedy, it's also a zombie movie and that means the movie does have its share of action, though EW feels the action is largely unnecessary. Instead, if there's an element about the film that works alongside the comedy, it's actually the emotional core of the story.
Of course, there are those that, while they agree that Zombieland: Double Tap, is a fun, and funny, movie, feel that, since the sequel doesn't try to be more than the original, it's going to be a movie that lacks the staying power of the first movie. iO9 is one who holds this view.
Birth. Movies. Death. hold a similar opinion of Double Tap. Even having just seen the movie there's a feeling that it's being forgotten. Ironically, the fact that there aren't really any elements that are truly bad might be working against it.
Taking things a step further than that, while THR is also one of those who promise that fans of the original Zombieland will enjoy Double Tap, the reviewer doesn't think anybody will be be clamoring for another sequel after this one.
Even if Zombieland: Double Tap doesn't earn quite the following that the original movie did, there's certainly nothing wrong with a movie that's just hilarious for a couple of hours. Fans looking for that will get everything they need.
Zombieland: Double Tap hits theaters on Friday.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.