Warm Bodies Reviews
Here's a film that takes a dead-on-arrival plot (no pun intended) and turns it into something that is fresh for the uber-popular zombie genre. While the film gets off to a slow start and the acting can be *ahem* stiff at times, we as an audience are invested in this endearing and lovely relationship between the zombie, R, and his living girlfriend, Julie. We want to see them live happily together and survive in the odd, post-apocalyptic conditions that plague their world.
I also can't help but dig the nice use of music in this film. Nice work!
I made a list of things that worked and things that didn't work in Warm Bodies (in my opinion)
THINGS THAT DIDN'T WORK
- Where did she get the weed whacker? In the middle of the airport?
- Julie gets over Perry a little too easily: both at the start of the movie and when she finds out R ate his brains.
- The happy ending. For how much this film embodies the Romeo and Juliet story, the optimistic Hollywood ending feels forced. It's a disservice to the beautiful tragedy of the Shakespearean narrative.
- The scene that was jarring to me was the cleaning up R montage: the weird shower shot, the M83 song was out of place, and the Pretty Woman joke....although that is a great example of how sound can appear to be non-diegetic but then be revealed as actually diegetic.
THINGS THAT WORKED
- The homage to the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.
- The CGI "Boneys" didn't look THAT bad. I didn't feel like they distracted from the movie too much. (BUT the ending jump off the ledge into the pool bit looked bad: the production was seriously lacking. Actors were obviously in front of a green screen. Also, after they jump, the Boneys aren't that far behind them, but they somehow have time to make out?)
- Analeigh Tipton as Nora or the Nurse. Great comedic moments from this young actress.
- Rob Corddry as M or Mercutio or Marcus, his performance was spectacular.
- The humor kind of lulls of halfway into the movie, the voiceover monologues from R feel bogged down by trying to appeal to the young adult crowd. But it doesn't detract from the movie, and Rob Corddry pops up just in the knick of time to get the audience laughing again.