‘Warm Bodies’ Movie Review – Comedy. Love. Zombies.
Comedy. Love. Zombies.
These are the things we have rarely (if never) heard of together to describe a movie, yet that’s exactly what Warm Bodies is.
Bu before becoming a movie, Warm Bodies was a book by Isaac Marion. I had read the book before going to see the film. When I first read Warm Bodies, I fell in love with it within a few sentences, I even called the book “probably one of the most original books I have ever read” in my review for it. And the good news is, the movie is able to translate to the screen everything that was great about it. Even the beginning of the movie pretty much follows the feel and some of the text from the book, which is perfect to set the tone.
The reason why I mention this is not because I want the movie to be an exact copy of the book (actually sometimes that’s boring or just doesn’t work), but it’s because the book had a very specific tone and sense of humor that would work perfectly on screen and I was right.
So whether you’ve read the book or not, get ready for a really fun ride following the journey of a zombie who falls in love.
In Warm Bodies, we meet R (he can’t remember his name) (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who lives in a post-apocalyptic type of world, where a virus turned most of the population into flesh-eating/brain-eating zombies. One day, during one of his zombie hunts, he meets Julie (Teresa Palmer), a living human, whom he saves from being eaten by other zombies. He takes her home with him and from there everything starts to change. R notices feelings he had never felt before and wait, could he be becoming warmer?…
So that’s the basic premise of the film and director Jonathan Levine did a fantastic job bringing the book to the screen. Warm Bodies is bound to please the book lovers as well as people that have never heard of it.
There is also great comedy in Warm Bodies, but it never feels forced. Plus a lot of the time it’s dead-pan humor which I love.
Nicholas Hoult is really great as R, which should come as no surprise if you’ve seen his previous work on such movies as X-Men: First Class and the UK series Skins. He plays dead in a very lively way… Is that even possible? Well, he does it.
Teresa Palmer, whom I like to call Kristen Stewart’s twin (seriously they totally look alike), is also pretty great casting for Julie. She not only represents us the audience pretty accurately in her reactions towards R, but she is also great pairing with Nicholas Hoult.
The cast is rounded up with a great performers including John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco, who help bring the world alive.
Overall, Warm Bodies is a great movie to go and see this weekend, it’s funny, has a bit of romance, has zombies!! and is bound to please both women and men alike… Do I hear some date night plans going on?