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‘Zombies 3’ review: Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly reunite in Disney+ sequel

Bypassing the Disney Channel and heading straight to Disney+, the story brings together the usual suspects, in a town that grew from co-existing humans and zombies to include werewolves and now, in a bloom particularly weak, aliens. Of course, the UFO that appears over Seabrook High brings yearbook photo-ready teenagers whose alien lineage is defined by their blue hair and a few dots on their face, but not the kind of dots on the face that most teenagers worry about.

Adding a flashing environmental message and you’ll miss it to the package, aliens have come to Earth in search of a new home after an environmental disaster has destroyed their world. But they must locate Seabrook’s most prized artifact in order to find it, giving them an excuse to hang out, get to know the gang, and engage in some gravity-defying cheerleading, offering a glimpse into what the 17th season of “Glee” could have. looked like.

As for the original players, the zombie Zed (Milo Manheim) is eager to become the first monster to be admitted to Mountain College, mainly to avoid worrying about breaking up with his girlfriend Addison (Meg Donnelly). After all, long-distance relationships can be tough, even before the alien invasion put a different spin on that phrase.

Back in 2018, long before recent conservative attacks on the studio, “Zombies” felt energetic and progressive by Disney Channel standards, and the movie continues that way, as one of the aliens (Terry Hu) portrays a character not binary. Yet as constructed, almost everything here just feels louder and clunkier, as if throwing more people into the song and dance numbers will make up for their mediocrity.

The exceptions, unsurprisingly, are a cover of the soulful ballad “Someday” from the original film and a short story sung by Donnelly, “I am finally me”, which conveys underlying feelings of being different and understanding who you are. really that resonate in a little else way here.

Disney has been particularly good at creating young stars as it keeps the musical alive through these teen formats, built around a colorful mix of music, magic and broad comedy. But these products also come with expiration dates that aren’t always easy to determine in advance, but become painfully apparent in hindsight.

As a case study, look no further than ‘Zombies 3’, which may not need its last rites read, but should at least be given an extended rest before anyone starts to think about reviving the franchise.

“Zombies 3” premieres July 15 on Disney+.

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