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Christy Blevins

“Changing the World of Zombies one heart at a time”

Warm Bodies Review

Welcome to the new world of romance, in which zombies are appealing to the eye and create their own version of Romeo and Juliet. But there’s just one problem: who wants to hit on a zombie? The recently released romantic horror comedy, Warm Bodies, attempts to make this world real to the audience.

Director Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies takes the highly popular zombie apocalypse to places never before seen on the big screen.  Once you get past the whole stereotype of zombies not having thoughts, and actually being dead, and being completely repulsive, it’s not a bad movie.

Nicholas Hoult, a young attractive actor, plays R, an “unusual” zombie among the multitudes in America, who can’t remember the rest of his name. He wanders aimlessly with the countless other zombies that have holed up in the airport, including his, almost best friend, M (Rob Corddry). R searches with the others for the remaining humans in order to feast upon their brains, the most delicious part (they also get the memories from the brain, but that’s another discussion).  These corpses, as called by the humans, can’t talk, don’t sleep or dream, and do not have emotions. Except due to the voice over narrative from R we know he is constantly conflicted with himself and is not lacking in emotions.

While on a raid for the survival camp, a group of, what I assume are teenagers, are attacked by R and a small horde of zombies. R sees Julie (Teresa Palmer) first and it’s weirdly “love at first sight.” He’s on his way towards her to save her, when her boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) shoots at R causing R to kill and feast on Perry’s brains.  After enduring some of Perry’s memories, R approaches Julie and instead of biting her, he rescues her, kidnaps her, and hides her in the empty plane where he’s been hording away goods he’s found that apparently remind him of being alive. These items include the over-played vinyl records, snow globes, and other novelties.

As he convinces her to stay for a few days through the small words he’s able to groan out, they grow closer. It’s a tad creepy if you really think about the concept, but bear with it. With the clever and smartass voice over narrating R’s thoughts the movie keeps a nice pace and keeps its intended audience intrigued. The closer R and Julie become the more human R becomes and is slowly curing himself, and the others.  This apparent “cure” puts them at war with the Bonies, skeleton zombies that have lost all hope, and even the humans.

The movie continues in a similar fashion to “Romeo and Juliet,” and strives to solve the questions: How far will the cure go? How far are the humans willing to let things change for the better?

Levine smartly finds the humor from Isaac Marion’s novel and keeps it generated towards the PG-13 audience, which really works fine for all ages. He captured the fun in the zombie apocalypse (yes I said fun), found the humor, and showed us a romance of young adult angst that the big screen has missed for a while.  Hoult shows a nice combination of vulnerability and sweetness in his performance and really makes this movie his. Palmer was fine in her role of Julie, but Hoult grabs the audience’s heart more with the expressions behind his eyes.

All in all, Warm Bodies exceeded my original expectations and turned out to be a romantic, at times lighthearted, zombie film. If you’re extremely into zombies, or even ridiculously exhausted with the zombie and vampire culture, this is a movie for you. It is a nice break and even is a romantic comedy a male might enjoy seeing. This film is worth your time, maybe even for Valentine’s Day.

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