Got a non-scary zombie film double feature:
Anna and the Apocalypse
The first act of this is charming high school musical about typical high school problems, with just a small hint here or there of what is to come. The transition to the second act is a song where we finally see the chaos fully break behind the characters who remain oblivious, in their alternate musical reality, which is a nice play on how the extras in musicals frequently are meant not to notice that someone is breaking out in song and dance in front of them. But once it full on became a zombie movie, the songs came with much less frequency and it all kind of ground down to something a bit more rote. I choose to remember the genuinely catchy songs and solid choreography of the early moments more than where it ultimately went.
Zombieland: Double Tap
Well, my audience certainly ate this up. The actors are talented enough to make sport of it, but almost all the best material was in the trailer. Who knows how the original would play for me right now but this felt a bit like a La Croix version. They make a joke about how certain jokes from the first film wouldn't pass muster anymore, with Tallahassee being too un-PC, but this whole venture felt like an artifact from a different era, especially given poor Zooey Deutsch's dumb blonde character and the film's whole attitude toward pacifism/hippies. Conservatives claim to be alienated by pop culture and Hollywood, but this film is a good example of how conservative values still have a great bit of influence in entertainment.