Warm Bodies

Summary:

Warm Bodies may stumble over it’s own premise from time to time but the story is heart warming and charming. The cast is impressive and breathes a very hopeful tone in such a bleak apocalyptic world. So much time is spent developing the relationship between R and Julie that other aspects of the film are neglected but there’s enough fresh air in this movie to forgive it. Nicholas Hoult’s portrayal of R is entertaining and funny to watch as he experiences teenage angst as a zombie. Hoult offers enough witty monologues and great comedic timing to bring a great personality to a dead character. Warm Bodies offers a very interesting look into what it means to be alive through the eyes of the undead. Audiences who can forgive the movie’s farfetched premise will be rewarded with a well-acted, heartwarming, comedy.

A little late to the game on this one but I’m really glad I finally got the chance to check out Warm Bodies. When I first saw trailers for this movie I thought the concept was funny but was unsure how the movie would be able to pull it off for an hour and a half without becoming too much of a cheap Twilight cash in. As the positive buzz for the movie grew, I knew I had to check out this new twist on a rather stale genre.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies tells the story of a zombie named R, least that’s all he can remember of his name from his previous memories. Although he is a shambling corpse he still retains the ability to think, even if he can’t properly communicate his ideas and wants. His routine involves shuffling around an abandoned airport and meeting up with his only friend M. When R and M come upon a group of survivors, R meets a young woman who awakens feelings in him that he hasn’t felt in a very long time.

The movie is a very melancholy love story that is able to show appreciation for life through the eyes of zombies. It’s an interesting perspective and one that the movie really hammers home. The movie features a lot dark comedy, as one would expect from a romzomcom, and it’s a funny medium to explore teenage angst and growth. The movie shambles along at a very slow pace but it works for this film and it gives a lot of time for the relationship between R and Julie (Teresa Palmer) to grow and feel believable.

The concept may be a bit far fetched but it manages to stick to the current zombie mythos while adding a little flavor of its own. I thought it was cool to see that the zombies could absorb the memories of their victims by ingesting the brains but it does raise some interesting questions about the main character and the true cause of his affection for Julie. I found myself rolling my eyes at the fact that love caused the zombies to regrow a functioning heart but it’s an easy thing to overlook, especially when the cast is as great as Warm Bodies’.

Warm Bodies features an impressive cast that brings a lot of charm and enthusiasm to the movie. Nicholas Hoult plays the zombie protagonist R and communicates mainly through grunts and narrative voice-overs. I like that the film allowed R to keep his thoughts intact, even if his memory is gone. It gave Hoult plenty of avenues for displaying witty monologues and a hopeful attitude against a bleak backdrop.  Teresa Palmer also does a wonderful job of playing the calloused survivor who holds her own in the zombie apocalypse. The on screen chemistry between Julie and R is sweet and gives this movie a lot of heart.

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One of my biggest complaints is the fact that the movie spends so much time developing a great relationship between R and Julie that it sort of neglects everything else. John Malkovich plays the Colonel of the human colonies as well as Julie’s dad but the relationship feels hollow. The movie hints at a rocky relationship between Julie and the Colonel but it never extrapolates on it long enough to give it any meaningful impact. It makes it feel as though Malkovich is a bit underused as well as the other characters in the film. There’s also a distinct class level among the zombies that I would have like to have seen explored a little further.

In the world of Warm Bodies there are the walking corpses and then there are the Bonies. Theses creatures have been dead for so long that flesh has completely fallen from their bodies and they’re nothing more than human husks. Their animation can range from being extremely menacing to somewhat clunky both in design and in their movements. They serve as one of the film’s main antagonists but are almost treated like an afterthought by the time everything is finished. The climatic scene of the film seemingly forgets about the Bonies and does away with them in a brief montage. It is a little disappointing but it does enough to get the job done seeing as how Warm Bodies is a love story in a zombie backdrop.

Warm Bodies may stumble over it’s own premise from time to time but the story is heart warming and charming. The cast is impressive and breathes a very hopeful tone in such a bleak apocalyptic world. So much time is spent developing the relationship between R and Julie that other aspects of the film are neglected but there’s enough fresh air in this movie to forgive it. Nicholas Hoult’s portrayal of R is an entertaining and funny to watch. Hoult offers enough witty monologues and great comedic timing to bring a great personality to a dead character. Warm Bodies offers a very interesting look into what it means to be alive through the eyes of the undead. Audiences who can forgive the movie’s farfetched premise will be rewarded with a well-acted, heartwarming, comedy.

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