Today we’re talking about the 2018 film Zombies.
A cute, if formulaic, take on a traditional teen drama. I like the twist of it being Zombies instead of cliques and the obvious parallels to racism and race relations.
The love story is actually cute and avoids a lot of the cringe and creepiness of the genre.
Zed and Addison are chipper, optimistic, and still a little flawed. Despite the majority of the characters being copy-paste tropes, the actors’ story makes sure to give them more depth than you’d expect from this type of movie.
Despite being a little on the nose and cheesy, it’s quite effective at what it does. The messages and banter come through cleanly without too many explanations to bog down the story.
The fourth wall breaking was a little jarring the first time, but worked well overall.
Visuals and Music
The cinematography is quite clever and obviously influenced by previous musicals. The choreography is clever and fun.
The music is good and hits all the Disney Musical beats, but is missing a little something to make it amazing.
Singing, dancing, and charming zombies is something that borders the absolute absurd but somehow works. The kids loved it and the rest of us found ourselves bopping to the music.
A worthy successor to the post millennium Disney musicals. It’s catchy, fun, and ridiculous. If you enjoy musicals or teen movies, you’ll enjoy this one.
Finals Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5