In honor of Halloween and parasites, I thought I would take on a movie that’s just pure fun. This is my ode to Zombieland.
“I avoided people like they were zombies before they were all zombies. Now that they’re all zombies, I kinda miss people,” says Columbus, the young protagonist in Zombieland, who’s socially awkward, a bit of a loser, and battles self-esteem issues. From the outset, we learn that he’s been running from the world and himself all his life and that hasn’t changed even now that zombies have taken over the US.
He keeps a book or rules for survival in Zombieland that he strictly abides by. “The first rule of Zombieland: Cardio. When the zombie outbreak first hit, the first to go, for obvious reasons, were the fatties.” So, even his first rule reveals how he’s a runner.
Then, he meets Tallahasee, a zombie-killing machine in search of the world’s last remaining Twinkie, and his life begins to change. The two of them meet up with two girls, and after a rough start of betrayals and deceit, the four of them form a new family of sorts. More importantly, Columbus stops running, find’s something worth fighting for, and overcomes his low self-esteem.
At the beginning of the movie he says, “You just can’t trust anyone. The first girl I let into my life and she tries to eat me.” At the end he says, “…they were the closest to something I had always wanted, but never really had. A family. I trusted them and they trusted me. Rule #32: Enjoy The Little Things. Tallahassee got his Twinkie and even though life will never be simple or innocent again, as he savored that spongy yellow log of cream, we had hope, we had each other. And without other people, you might as well be a zombie.” Columbus got over his low self-esteem by looking outside himself and caring for other people.
You notice that he didn’t give up his rulebook for survival in Zombieland, however, but he did amend it. After all, his rules are sort of important if we want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So, I’ll leave these for you as a gentle reminder, should the need ever arise.
- 1. Cardio
- 2. The Double Tap
- 3. Check bathroom
- 4. Seatbelt
- 5. Travel light.
- 16. Limber up.
- 17. Don’t be a hero. (This one he amended.)
- 22. When in doubt, know your way out.
- 31. Check the backseat.
- 32. Enjoy the little things.
I’ll leave the rest to you to fill in. Happy Halloween. Give love, live loved.