Zombieland was a fun zombie movie with a lot of heart. Emma Stone plays Wichita, the big sister of Abigail Breslin (Little Rock). A mutant strain of Mad Cow has turned the entire continent of North America into flesh eating zombies and Stone’s character is trying to get them to an apparent safe zone – an amusement park in California. The sisters are perfect as con artists before the world fell apart and con artists after the world fell apart. They pull a con on the other 2 main characters near the beginning of the movie and it’s all out zombie warfare from there.
Zombieland is a really enjoyable modern zombie flick. The use of pop culture references and left of centre characters makes it unique unto itself. Emma Stone is so talented – she really brings a self sufficient vibe to Wichita’s character and she does a great job with all the action scenes she’s in. In an interview with her on YouTube she said smashing every thing to pieces in the store they stop at was by far her favourite part of making the movie. She loves action roles! It’s cool to see that Stone got to have a bit more to do in Zombieland after her earlier movies like Superbad where she was really good but had a pretty small role. It’s been all uphill for her since her Wichita role and she’s now starring in movies liked Easy A, The Help and The Amazing Spiderman.
I picked Emma Stone for women in horror month because she’s really believable in Zombieland as a young woman who is strong, scared and flying by the seat of her pants. She holds her own with a very talented and seasoned actor like Woody Harrelson and she makes Zombieland something more than it might have been if a generic cookie cutter female actress had been cast.