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Movie Review: ‘Zombies 2’ brings to life a fun musical

February 21, 2020 by Brett LaBore

Who knew zombies, werewolves, music and dance could all go together? That is exactly what happens in “Zombies 2.”

“Zombies 2” premiered on Disney Channel on Feb. 14 and features Meg Donnelly, Milo Manheim, Trevor Tordjman, Kylee Russell, Carla Jeffery, Chandler Kinney, Pearce Joza, Ariel Martin, Emilia McCarthy and Jasmine Renee Thomas.

It is directed by Paul Hoen and written by David Light and Joseph Raso. It’s the sequel to “Zombies” from 2018.

Zombies and humans have officially formed a partnership together. There are no more laws outlying zombies in Seabrook. But when werewolves invade the town, everything changes. Zed and Addison’s friendship will be pushed to the limit as they fight for what they believe in.

Though this movie is a television movie on Disney Channel, I feel it is important to review these movies every once in a while as they have provided fan favorites such as “High School Musical,” “Camp Rock” and “Teen Beach Movie.”

I liked “Zombies” from 2018 and looked forward to this movie. I’m a huge sucker for fun, simple and catchy musicals with enjoyable characters and storylines.

This movie fits the bill for that and I had a great time with it. “Zombies 2” adds to the original with fresh new characters and addicting musical sequences. 

Adding the werewolves was a genius idea. I love the idea of all of these different groups — humans, zombies, werewolves — going against each other to fight for what they want. You tend to side with one and pick your favorite characters from each group. 

The werewolves are very different than the zombies. They are ruthless and will take what is theirs. The characters and songs associated with them were so fun to watch.

Willa, Wyatt and Wynter were the main werewolves played by Kinney, Joza and Martin. I loved every aspect of them. They each had their own personality, had amazing voices and brought something different to the movie.

The story is a good one. Addison and Zed go through some ups and downs. It’s actually quite exciting to see what happens next. I also like this world they’re setting up — there are zombies and werewolves — who knows what else is out there. 

I liked the look of the movie, too. Hoen does a good job of using the night to his advantage, especially in scenes with the werewolves. I thought those scenes really stood out with energy. And then he contrasts that with bright and colorful scenes in the high school and during the day.

I mentioned the three werewolves were very good. I also liked the other characters. I’m a huge fan of Donnelly and she knocked it out of the park as Addison. She really knows her character well and has a great voice.

Manheim as Zed is so charming. He has some great lines and I can’t help but side with him and root for him. He is very likable and his chemistry with Donnelly is real and on-point.

Tordjman as Bucky is fun, just like the last movie. I love his cheerleader pack — the Aceys — and how they do things their own way. I particularly like McCarthy as Lacey and Thomas as Stacey. They have over-the-top personalities and I love every second of it. 

The storyline and the characters are very good. For me personally, they only work if the music and the dances and the songs are fun.

Did they deliver? Yes they did.

Everything from the cheerleaders’ songs to the zombies’ songs to the werewolves really work well. The songs are catchy, the choreography is fresh and unique and I found myself moving to the beat. 

Plus they’re different songs. “We Got This” is very different from “We Own the Night,” making it that much more fun. I also really liked “Call to the Wild” and “Gotta Find Where I Belong.”

“Zombies 2” checked off all the boxes for me. The story caught my interest, the characters were enjoyable and the songs are total fun. It’s definitely a movie I look forward to seeing again.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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