Starring: Nicholas Hoult (X-Men First Class), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), John Malkovich (RED) and more.
Directed by: Jonathan Levine (50/50)
Synopsis: “After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting , romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.” (-official site)
Rated: Rated PG-13 for language and zombie violence.
Zombies need love too!
Warm Bodies, a “Romeo and Juliet” type of love story based in a not so distant future, is a fun story of two separated lovers caught in the middle of a zombie epidemic.
Fun trivia from IMDB:
The story is based loosely on “Romeo and Juliet”. “R” = “Romeo”; “Julie” = “Juliet; “Perry” = “Paris”; “M/Marcus” = “Mercutio”; “Nora” = Juliet’s “Nurse” (the character of Nora is also a nurse).
In classic “Twilight” form, this story revolves around an infected boy, not so human anymore, who falls in love for a human girl and becomes even more alive with her in his life. For some unknown, yet interesting, reason the prospect of her love causes symptoms of his “infection” to subside and sparks his journey to normalcy and acceptance among the undead and the living.
Much like Bella in Twilight, Julie falls for the pale not-so-human blood-hungry teenage type. (Perhaps it could be said though, that as a zombie, his initial attraction was because she had a brain!) While Palmer’s character was a little more believable than Bella of the Twilight Saga, I found that she tended to emulate Kristen Stewart’s wide-eyed open mouth stare a lot, which made me chuckle several times. (I jest, but there were several little elements that reminded me of the Twilight series).
Starring Nicholas Hoult (Beast from X-Men: First Class) as zombie “R” and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) as his love interest Julie, Warm Bodies keeps the action and comedy light with a cast that also includes John Malkovich and Rob Corddry (who provide several additional laughs throughout). While no performance is memorable they are also not forgettable in this unique twist on a recycled story of love and overcoming obstacles. Each member plays their role admirably and believably for a tale of this kind.
Warm Bodies does not bring new life to the genre, however it does bring refreshing new plot angles to a familiar love story that leads to a forgivable expected ending. Matched with plenty of comedy fueled by grunts, inner-monologues of turmoil and multiple smile-cracking scenes of a fellow zombie friend (Corddry), it blends horror, comedy and love into one fun movie of the zombie-comedy genre.
It’s an interesting role reversal cheering on a zombie-of-sorts in a zombie movie (haven’t done that since Bill Murray in “**not shown due to possible spoiler**”). I began to feel like The Governor from The Walking Dead having sympathy and feelings for certain zombies. What’s THAT all about? (Side note, I am SO ready for Season 3 of The Walking Dead to resume this Sunday!)
Not quite funny enough to be a great comedy, nor gory enough to be a great zombie film and definitely not scary enough to be a great horror flick, Warm Bodies is lukewarm overall. It’s ridiculously entertaining, fun and silly, which is exactly what it sets out to be: an intriguing look at love through the lens of a starving zombie that does not take itself too seriously.