Ruben Fleischer’s sequel to his 2009 breakthrough is just as entertaining and likable as the first. Despite the decade that’s passed, none of the first movie’s congenial humor has lost its appeal: From the first few frames, we’re caught up on the last ten years of the characters’ lives in a post-apocalyptic zombiescape, and it feels like no time has passed at all. The chemistry among the cast is just as strong this time around, in particular Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, who both look like they’re having the time of their lives re-discovering these characters, and they’re a blast to watch. It’s also refreshing to see a concept-heavy movie that keeps things simple: It doesn’t overcomplicate things with too many characters or a convoluted plot, it keeps things light and entertaining instead, and it’s so much more effective because of it. Impressively, Fleischer successfully manages to shake up the formula once in a while, so you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen and it gives the movie an unexpected edge. This is one of those few sequels that manages to match its original’s caliber, and it suggests that there are more bullets left in the chamber for this franchise.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)