Warm Bodies

20 Feb

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Synopsis: “After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.” (Rated PG-13; 1 hour 37 minutes)

What an unusual movie!!! Where to even start…

First of all just thinking about the amalgamation of genres makes my head hurt, but in a good way. This was clearly a comedy, but it was also definitely a zombie horror movie with gruesome imagery, but it was also mainly a romance more than anything. Yep, a romantic horror comedy. And a very romantic one I might add, that was certainly the main theme of this bizarre, quite good movie.

There were certainly slow parts to the movie; in fact about a third of the way through I began to wonder if it was a one-note film that wasn’t going anywhere other than playing with the conceit of a zombie who for some reason, begins to care about life. But then the last third of the movie developed and added a whole new dimension of fun to the story, and it went from being a fun gimmick to a very creative experience. I mean, a young, pale zombie whose voice-over constantly shows the ideas and feelings he thinks but can never express…it may be really weird, but it’s also quite funny.

I didn’t realize it while watching, but the director Jonathan Levine also made 50/50, a dramedy that really impressed me. Now I see that he’s got an interesting and impressive range. And really surprising me even more was that the central character – the zombie protagonist – was played by Nicholas Hoult. Who is that you might wonder? He was the little boy opposite Hugh Grant in one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time, About A Boy! My how he’s grown up, and apparently continued to choose quirky and interesting roles!

If you’ve seen zombie movies in the past, you will undoubtedly scratch your head and become confused as the “rules” that zombie-lore historically follow are bent, and there are certainly also inconsistencies throughout the movie. But since a major element of the story is about the development of those zombies, it kind of solves the problem of its own contradictions, and you can just smile and say, “Okay, I guess the logic of the movie works well enough!” In other words, don’t over-think things, and just accept that the movie is surprisingly sweet and only gets better as it goes along. And somehow, you will end up rooting for this bizarre relationship to succeed! (Don’t worry, the ridiculousness of the situation is played with fun tongue-in-cheek, and there is literally a tribute to Romeo & Juliet within the movie, as well as one of the funniest uses of the word “bitches” I’ve ever had the amusement of seeing.)

It may have begun as a movie that I thought would be better as a 15 minute short, but by the end I can report that Adi, Josh and myself were all quite happy with the full-length experience.

The movie was better than the Resident Evil flicks, which are a fun but lousy zombie video-game movie franchise. It wasn’t as good as Zombieland, an extremely clever and hilarious zombie horror comedy.

Quality Rating: B+ (Extra given purely for the inventiveness of the story)

Boaz Rating: B+ (I would have given it an even higher Boaz Rating, but the middle of the movie dragged a bit too much)

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4 Responses to “Warm Bodies”

  1. Linda Hepner February 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Is the boyfriend of Sarah in Girls the same weird little boy years ago in Picket Fences?

    From: Boaz’s Movie Obsession >To: lrhepner@yahoo.com >Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:12 AM >Subject: [New post] Warm Bodies > >boazconstrictor posted: ” Synopsis: “After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.”(Rated PG-13; 1 hour 37 minutes) What an unusual movie!!!” >

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    • boazconstrictor February 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      No, although they may have similarly angular faces, Adam Driver in Girls only came on the scene a few years ago, whereas Adam Wylie (same first name!) was a kid actor in Picket Fences and other things since!

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