At first, I thought adding more people to the isolated incidents of the original would quickly make the story feel too crowded. Thankfully, the trailers are more extreme in this department, and the new additions don't drag the movie down. If anything, Zoey Deutch was the perfect thing to add, keeping everything fresh; she has some really great lines and interactions with the rest of the cast. The outcome of her performance overcame a lot for me, though, I could never shake the feeling that she was putting on an act. I could tell this was not her real personality. It threw me off at the start, but the material was so good that I just accepted it.
The rest of the cast does a good job too. No one seems to have missed a beat during the ten year hiatus. This is mostly a shout out to the screenwriters, as writing characters that were defined by 2009 could have been tricky to continue in 2019. The temptation to sanitize a role that screams balls and dicks all the time would have been powerful. I could have done without the slow-mo intro, the same trick they used for Deadpool, but it wasn't egregious.
Overall, Zombieland: Double Tap spiritually feels like the first, and that's good enough for me. It definitely lacks the tight storytelling and has pacing issues, but makes up for it with its charm. It gets you laughing and has quite a few scenarios to do so, making it very entertaining. The worst part is the ending, as it doesn't play to the movie's strengths, but as a whole, it delivered. This result was probably the best I could have asked for.
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though as only a few of those people get to revel in the onslaught. The movie sets itself up for many of these sequences, most of them just end up with a mass of bodies slowly piling on top of an actor.
There are a couple of standout performances in the film. Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton do a great job in their respective roles. Driver delivers every deadpan line perfectly for maximum comedic effect. Swinton, on the other hand, is perfectly at home playing an eccentric character so alien to a normal person, you wonder if she is one. Everyone else is serviceable and doesn't really stand out.
Production quality also deserves a shoutout, especially for the lighting. There were a couple of scenes that utilized a handful of colors to light actors in scenes. There were also a couple of vehicle tracking shots which were elevated above the car that were framed nicely.
Overall, The Dead Don't Die doesn't quite hit the mark. It's thinly veiled political story aspects have no real effect on the characters and could have been taken out. Its narrative doesn't know if it wants to be an ensemble piece or if it actually has main characters. The whole "message" of the movie was a dig at humanity and how we are gluttonous for superficial items, all delivered from a hobo. It's a humorous movie but lacks anything compelling in its third act.
I had to fight the urge to fall asleep