Warm Bodies (2013)
Running Time: 98 minutes
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry
Warm Bodies is set at a time where much of the world’s population now is filled with the undead. R (Hoult), a young and introspective zombie is going on his food hunt when he meets Julie (Palmer), the daughter of Commander Grigio (Malkovich). He feels the sudden urge to protect her, and as they bond through hiding from the other hungry zombies and ‘Bonies,’ a strange friendship builds as R begin to regain his humanity. When their friendship is challenged, R and Julie must find a way to bond everyone from the zombies to the humans in order to fight against the “Bonies.”
Warm Bodies was a rom com slash zombie flick that was both entertaining and sweet, as R the protagonist begins to learn and understand the meaning of love and what it’s like to be a human. Narrated by R’s thoughts the movie did not fail to crack the audiences up, and with the likes of Rob Corddry, humor is a guaranteed for the film. I think Levine did a great job with the direction and the writing of the film, it managed to bring out the slow transformation of R with simple changes in lighting and colour. You could definitely see the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ inspiration especially with the ‘Balcony scene.’ The cinematography of the film gave it an edge and made the film different from the current trend of vampire and werewolf teen flicks and TV shows. Nicholas Hoult’s non-blinking zombie and gait made him a convincing and likeable protagonist.
Overall, it’s a must watch to fans of rom com, or current day vampire/werewolf flicks. It’s suitable for both kids and adults, not only filled with your typical sappy cliché storyline, the zombie bashing definitely made the film more appealing and entertaining.
Rating: 7 out of 10