Movie Review: Warm Bodies
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Updated: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:02
tial, “Warm Bodies” is still a great movie for those looking for a lot of love and just a little gore. The protagonist and narrator, a 20-something zombie known only as R (Nicholas Hoult) spends his time wandering aimlessly around an airport populated by zombies. His dismal afterlife is devoid of memories, conversations or dreams and punctuated only by the old records he collects to play in his makeshift airplane apartment. R feels as though he is more unusual and different than others, even for a zombie and his main desire is to be as dead as everyone else and to no longer envy the living.
This all changes when he rescues Julie (Teresa Palmer), a very human girl, who stumbles into his path while on a raid with survivors. Julie, the only person who seems to hate the walled city that the survivors have to hide in, sympathizes with R and sees that he is different from other zombies. The two form an unlikely and special relationship as they fight to survive attacks from other zombies, trigger-happy humans and the Bonies, an especially deformed group of zombies that feed on anything with a heartbeat. As R and Julie unite and their story unfolds, they unleash a series of thrilling, romantic and comical events that push other zombies and maybe even their whole world back to life.
The film is a new twist on the classic boy-meets-girl love story—except this time the boy happens to be a zombie and the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested city. Despite the fact that his body is decaying and he happens to consume the brains of Julie’s beloved boyfriend, the story manages to warm the heart in much the same way as the zombie’s heart does in the movie. The movie is a departure from the usual gore and fear associated with zombies in favor of a tale of love and acceptance. This premise may seem a little too close to Twilight at first, but “Warm Bodies” still succeeds in the (somewhat overdone) monster love story genre with good acting, light humor and overall cuteness. For anyone who doesn’t mind a brain-eating love story, “Warm Bodies” serves as the perfect movie.