Warm Bodies Reviews
R (Nicolas Moult) has issues, he's a zombie. Merely existing with his metabolically challenged neighbours at the airport, the inexplicably self-aware R and cohort painstakingly grunt and shuffle their way through eternity in the post-apocalyptic wastelands that is North America whilst craving an ever dwindling supply of human brains that sustains not only their hunger but induces a fleeting drug-like-high from the memories contained within.
After devouring a particularly disturbed teenage boy, R is overwhelmed with feelings of love for is victim's still breathing sweetheart, Julie (Teresa Palmer). Preventing her imminent death at the mouths of his fellow dead; R brings his new light in the darkness back to his makeshift jumbo-jet home filled with a bizarre mish-mash thrift-shop worthy pop-culture memorabilia.
An unlikely romance blossoms between the odd couple, setting off a chain of events that will transform R, the undead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. But will Julie's stubbornness lead the hordes directly into the last remaining human refuge or is there something worse to fear than your average rotting corpse?
Backed by Summit Entertainment, like their recent box office fantasy juggernaut, The Twilight Saga, Warm Bodies doesn't feel the need to explain its bastardization of subject. Its breaks from tradition are likely to disappoint genre purists but its distinctive perspective of being carried by the zombie rather than its survivors married with its lead characters internal self-mocking tenor, makes the pseudo-indie film worthwhile (well most of it - as usual the last 10 minutes need exemption).
British Hoult's expressiveness carries R, while Australian Palmers naivety does Julie justice and although their chemistry is no-existent, their faux American accents are quite believable. Their respective best friends, the brilliantly casted Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton bring an extra dabble of Shakespearean flavor whilst adding comic buoyancy whilst the the supremely talented John Malkovich and dreadfully funny Dave Franco were as dead as the films topic and their simply to cash a paycheck.
The Verdict: Sidestepping the glaringly obvious social issues of necrophilia, Warm bodies fuses teen drama and the ickiest (and usually un-sexiest ) form of the undead in a zombie hot pocket of guiltily tasty cinema.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 13/04/2013
The idea from which the script starts is very out of the box, and it is carried on brilliantly throughout the whole movie.
Originality and sweetness are the words that best connotate this movie.
The decision to tell such a tale from the point-of-view of a dead corpse risen back to life, primarily through voiceover narration, is a pretty daunting one, but Nicholas Hoult infuses so much charm into his character and makes him an absolutely loveable protagonist. Working alongside Hoult is Teresa Palmer, who is as absolutely charming and adorable as she always is. Together, Hoult and Palmer share delightful chemistry, and watching their relationship unfold is absolutely charming, even if it sometimes rides the line of falling into familiar tropes of the genre. Rob Corddry is the other highlight as a fellow zombie and comedic relief: he and Hoult share some rather funny moments together. If there's one thing to complain about, the visual effects of the Bonies, a specific type of undead with more ravenous tendencies, are a bit underwhelming, but that's about it.
If you're looking for a unique romance film with a lot of heart, look no further. Hoult and Palmer's chemistry and a relentless sense of heart and charm makes Warm Bodies another bright spot on Jonathan Levine's career trajectory.