Warm Bodies

9 Jun

warm bodies

 

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Isaac Marion (novel)

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 98 minutes

 

 

This one feels like a first; a zombie rom-com (with the rather clever tagline ‘Boy meets, and doesn’t eat, the girl’). In a movie landscape blotted with zombie films, such as Zombieland, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, and the Resident Evil franchise, at least the film-makers on this one have tried to put some heart into the undead. It is a worthy effort and there is a fair amount of charm on display as well as some romance and a little comedy.

Nicholas Hoult plays an atypical zombie called R. He might be a part of the apocalyptic walking dead, but he retains a young man’s angst. His opening voiceover is funny and telling as he asks “What am I doing with my life? I’m so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture is terrible”. It is tongue in cheek stuff and rather refreshing. Hoult is actually a fairly charming zombie and it’s not long before he saves the life of and starts to fall for a beautiful young woman called Julie (played nicely by Teresa Palmer).

The thrust of Warm Bodies is that we all need to make a connection, however far off the tracks we might have veered. Zombie R makes his connection with Julie and thereafter starts to transform from shuffling flesh-eater to likeable young man. And his epiphany starts to affect the other zombies with whom he shares a derelict airport. The central romance acts as a type of cure for all, but the very far gone zombies called bonies due to their skeletal form.

The central premise here is good and the acting is fine. There is a good soundtrack too. Sadly there are not enough laughs so the ‘rom’ is much more effective than the ‘com’. It is cute and it has charm, but this is a small film and it does not do enough with the original idea. In hindsight this might have made a better TV movie or even a TV series much like Buffy. As a movie it is a little under-powered and that’s a pity as I wanted to like it more.

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