Thursday, 31 October 2013

TalkTalk Review: Zombieland

In the latest of our TalkTak YouView reviews, Gadget Dad has been getting ready for Halloween by watching "Zombieland".

I love a good film, most nights I will happily plug in headphones and watch a film or two online. I'm not fussy what era I watch or what style. 

I don't often watch films on TV though, mainly as in the daytime the TV is for the kids at the weekend, or off in the daytime, and in the evenings, Lazy Girl catches up with her soaps.

I am quite impressed with the YouView box we have from TalkTalk though. Its very simple to use and there is a great range of live TV as well as on demand channels so it's not hard for even me to find an old gem.

I was asked by my scaredy cat missus to watch Zombieland, which is currently available on demand on the YouView box. As I've been unwell, it was nice to curl up on the sofa and drink my lemsip while watching a film on a proper TV screen.

I loved Woody Harrelson in it- I've been a quiet admirer of his brand of dry wit since Cheers aired the first time around, and felt his pairing with younger actor Jesse Eissenberg (The Social Network) well matched.

Zombieland is ideal for Halloween, as it's part comedy and part perilous tale of certain doom to humanity. A virus has spread (as they usually do in these types of film) to 99% of the population, turning them into zombies. Yes, that's pretty standard for comic horror films, but the standard of acting means its slick and engaging (even for someone like myself who has viewed this concept quite a number of times).

Along with Harrelson and Eissenberg, the kick ass girl quota is met by Emma Stone (Easy A) and Abigail Breslin (Kick Ass 1 & 2), both of whom are rising up the ranks of comic film players. 

The film covers all bases, with laughs a plenty, romance, gory scenes (but not too many as to be there purely for gratitous reasons), and not to mention a unexpected and perfectly timed cameo from the legend that is Bill Murray.

I don't want to ruin the film for you, but if you are looking for a film that will make you laugh, make you jump and make you fall in love with comic horror films for the first time since Shaun of the Dead, this classy film should be top of your list in the Halloween bundle currently on offer via YouView and TalkTalk.

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