of course Romero would be proud of the zombies/infected.
No offense intended, but you don't know Romero very well do ye? ^_^
He's been pretty adamant on how zombies should move based on some pretty common sense stuff like rigor mortis and atrophied muscles. He hated the way zombies were portrayed in that crappy remake of his film Dawn of the Dead, and he would hate these zombies with equal vigor. “Fast and agile” comPLETEly misses the point of a good zombie film. The screaming harpies in this movie hardly
qualify as zombies. They might as well have had rabies actually. There are other monsters (ghouls for instance) that fit the niche that they're trying to put zombies into, making the zombies the hare rather than the tortoise really kinda makes them pointless.
Anyway, saw this at a drive in this weekend. After all you guys hyping it I was really looking forward to it…
I like dark humor, so I loved Shaun of the Dead. People kept mentioning that movie in this thread, so I was expecting something like it, and it simply wasn't. No comparison guys, these are two completely different films with one common thread: zombie comedy. And even that is pretty strained since there's no actual zombies in this movie, just screeching ghouls, in swarms of up to 20! For a zombie movie, there isn't an awful lot of zombies in it. There's several long stretches of just the characters, and I really couldn't stand the characters.
There was no mordant humor in this movie at all, just really predictable and unsubtle humor really. Not saying it was unfunny, but I've just seen it all before. A lot of it was just trying too hard for my tastes.
I see some of you say that it's more effective at being a comedy then SOTD was, but gauging reactions here I'd bet it's because American humor appeals to you more than British
humor, which is a little more subtle. Zombieland is chock full of schmaltzy feel-good scenes to ease the tension where Shaun keeps things strictly in black comedy
I just couldn't stand the collective stupidity of the main characters. How are these ammo-wasting fools “survivors?” And that's just the tip of the iceberg of stupid things they do that should have gotten them killed. The whole end of the movie was just rife with wasted potential to begin with. I don't know why people would question the things that SOTD does for the sake of a joke, yet forgive a laundry list of incredibly stupid things that Zombieland does for a joke's sake. At least Shaun was consistent with the jokes it set up. Columbus letting us know about his IBS was completely pointless when it never becomes a problem later on, yet the clown thing (sort of) does.(Gawd I'm so sick of the “I'm scared of clowns!” thing, that's so old and cliche by now) While I'm glad they didn't annoy us with scatological humor in this regard, I feel like they dropped that in for only one joke (an allegory which was actually kinda clever) and then suddenly it goes away when the love interest shows up. Look at this
and tell me this wouldn't be a constant problem for the character, especially during those long car rides.
I didn't hate
it, but needless to say it was a real letdown for me.
If it gets made into a tv series like they originally intended however, I'll watch it. I'd be a lot more forgiving of the things in the movie that bothered me if it was formatted differently. “Zombie Kill of the Week” would certainly make more sense that way too.