Writers: Jonathan Levine, Isaac Marion
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
You’re troubled. Your friend wants to see a zombie flick; you want to see a super cheesy rom-com where the girl deserves to be eaten by half-dead monsters. Well, buy a ticket for Warm Bodies and you’ll both be happy.
R (Nicholas Hoult) is lonely. He can’t talk, he’s conflicted about his lust for eating brains, and he’d really like to stop being a zombie.
Julie (Teresa Palmer) lives in a walled human settlement where her father Grigio (John Malkovich) is in charge of keeping the city free from zombies. When Julie goes beyond the walls to scout for medicine, her group is attacked by zombies led by R. As R is happily devouring her boyfriend’s brain, he falls in love with the fair Julie and rescues her from the other zombies. As love blossoms in R’s cold, dead heart, Julie decides if she can deal with the baggage of dating the living dead.
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies is an amusing idea – zombie boy meets living girl. The inner monologue of R is hilarious, especially when his deep internal thoughts are voiced by a simple zombie accented grunt. Rob Corddry plays R’s zombie buddy M, and their comical friendship strengthens over meet ups at the ruins of an airport bar.
The flaw of the film is unfortunately the character Julie, who makes constant illogical decisions (we’re ignoring the fact that she’s attracted to a corpse for now). She constantly leaves safe areas, tries desperately to reach home then halfway there decides to avoid it, has trouble standing up in a shallow fountain, and is a bit too flippant when her entire world perspective on zombies (that they’re flesh eating abominations) is turned on its head. Besides a few comments of, ‘Who are you,’ she doesn’t seem the least bit curious of the transformation at first. Nothing against Teresa Palmer, but the character of Julie isn’t well developed.
The plot follows the typical rom-com style, just with zombies and a few Shakespeare references added here and there. It’s cheesy, but come on, you don’t go to a zombie rom-com expecting a sophisticated, mind-boggling film. There are some great musical selections, a lot of zombie humor, and some good quotes. For a fun girls’ night out with a twist, Warm Bodies may be your cup of brains.
Lower your weapons and open your hearts to the living dead. Warm Bodies, lumbering into cinemas now!
Category: Film & TV