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April 26, 2017
A funny, occasionally violent zombie movie. It brings a lot of new stuff to the zombie genre, and it has a very intelligent vibe to it. In all, it's basically a smart, very funny film with great acting and...wait. John Malkovich is in this? John Malkovich? John Malkovich...
½ April 23, 2017
Enjoyable zombie flick with comedic elements.
½ April 14, 2017
6.5/10 A funny fairy-tale,it has its moments.
March 19, 2017
March 2017 - I'm a diehard TWD fan. This is completely different and it's really good. So many metaphors and messages. The ending is a happy one and I feel good.
½ March 10, 2017
Concept stupide, mais divertissant pour ce que c'est
March 7, 2017
In Warm Bodies, director Jonathan Levine gives us Shakespeare in a world of a zombie apocalypse. This is not your traditional zombie movie. This is also not your traditional Shakespeare. So, if you are looking for long soliloquies in blank verse or gruesome blood-bathing cannibalism, this movie is not for you. Not that there isn't some casual brain eating or the internal dilemma of "to be, or not to be" a zombie, because there is. But for a movie that incorporates both, it is to be watched with expectation of neither for it to successfully work. Levine has taken elements of a Shakespearean tragedy and a horror film, and turned the genres on their heads-into a well-acted, light-hearted, witty comedy with a message. But where, you wonder, in this apocalyptic world of a brain-munching zombie falling in love with one of the last remaining humans is Shakespeare? There are the obvious nods at the bard from the director, like the names of R (Romeo), Julie (Juliet), M (Mercutio), Perry (Paris), and Nora (Nurse), and yes, the iconic "balcony scene," which is brilliantly done in the context of the movie. There are also the two warring entities, which the two characters are a part of, turned from Montague and Capulet to zombie and human, respectively. But Levine did not go through the trouble of incorporating Shakespeare into a zombie apocalypse for a few names and a girl standing on a balcony. Where Shakespeare really comes in is at the crux of what Romeo and Juliet is about, which is that life and love are synonymous. Juliet comes back from "death" for love, and Romeo dies because he cannot live without his love. In Warm Bodies, Levine is giving his viewers just that. At the heart (an image that is also repeated throughout) of the film is the very concept that love is the cure for death. Levine, very meticulously and ingeniously, presents to us the synonymy of life with love, and by doing so shows the complexity and multiplicity of Shakespeare, and why he is universal and timeless.
February 11, 2017
A faux-Shakespearean adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that never appeases fans in any sincere way. Premise of the movie did not appeal to me, and watching it did not change my opinion. Acting was decent for what was given to them, which is why this movie is not getting one star. However, the lines and scenarios given were as cheesy and cliche as they could be. Not a fan of the movie, and would not recommend to others.
January 24, 2017
Humor and love found in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. This film's paradoxical theme of a zombie finding love is very entertaining and extremely clever. Completely recommend this movie for anyone interest.
½ January 24, 2017
Warm Bodies offers a refreshing twist for the zombie genre AND for the classic Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet." Director Jonathan Levine gets convincing, progressive performances not only from the very talented Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, but also from Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton as great supporting characters. Levine beautifully manipulates the camera in enticing flashbacks and manipulates the tone of the film to correlate to the blossoming relationship between R and Julie. A must see for all zombie-flick lovers and for all Shakespeare lovers.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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.
- Cinematography
- 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.
January 24, 2017
Classic literature often offers many enriching plots, characters and themes but can often provide the consumer with a bit of leg work in the actual consumption process. If done correctly, contemporary takes on these works are molded to the times in which they are created allowing modern audiences the ability to consume the same material the classic present but in a more user friendly presentation. Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine, offers this exact formula of the contemporary portrayal of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, appealing to a modern audience while following the classic plot of the play. R is a zombie that displays the same woe for life as Romeo until his life is suddenly changed by the lovely Julie. Upon meeting a reaction is triggered inside R allowing him to turn back into the human he once was. While love is clearly the trigger for his character there is a chain reaction as the other zombies begin to recognize that they too can feel love as they watch R and Julie's love unfold. This theme of love changing people for the better is certainly present in Shakespeare's original text but is a bit more accessible to the everyday person who hasn't studied classic literature, ultimately allowing modern audiences a similar enrichment as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
½ January 24, 2017
It may not be obvious at first blush (pun intended?), but "Warm Bodies" does play on Shakespeare's famous "Romeo and Juliet" in many ways. But just because Juliet as been reimagined as a kick-ass apocalypse survivor and Romeo as a zombie doesn't make the film "just another Shakespeare retelling". I think it's a true adaptation, and seeks to remain original while still throwing subtle nods towards the Bard's famous tragedy. It doesn't try to become a weighty work of Shakespeare, and it doesn't have to be one to get its message across, which is, to put it simply, what it means and how it feels to be human, to thrive and not just survive.
½ January 23, 2017
Warm Bodies offers a refreshing twist for the zombie genre AND for the classic Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet." Director Jonathan Levine gets great performances not only from the very talented Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, but also from Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton as great supporting characters. A must see for all zombie-flick lovers.

SPOILERS BELOW

I highlighted some of the good and bad parts (in my own opinion) of the film.

THINGS THAT DIDN'T WORK
- Where did she get the weed whacker?
- Julie gets over Perry a little too easily: in both instances
- 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.
o 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?
- Nora as the nurse
- Rob Corddry as M or Mercutio or Marcus, his performance was spectacular.
- Cinematography
- The humor kind of lulls of halfway into the movie, but that's okay
½ January 23, 2017
What a fresh and exciting new twist to a classic and somewhat turgid romance! Of all the borrowed bits and pieces of Shakespeare's classic tale, the ones Levine chooses to revise make the most delightful impact. Instead of dear "R" and Julie's families fighting, it is their entirely different worlds; human and zombie. Thus the impact of their relationship is of a much fleshier and graver (no pun intended) nature. Because these two lovers choose to fight for their union, their entire societies are impacted - for the better. The end is absolutely refreshing - "R"is already dead, after all. What other way does he have to go than up? And Julie no longer has to "escape" - love paves the way. Ah, be still my fickle heart!
½ January 20, 2017
An inventive and humorous twist on the concept of the star-crossed lovers of Verona, Romeo and Juliet. This modern blend of romance, action, horror, and comedy provides just about any viewer with their choice of film.
½ January 10, 2017
I hate the idea of a zombie falling in love with a girl and growing a heart, especially when it comes from eating the brains of her dead boyfriend (which was really disturbing). I hate this movie.
January 1, 2017
Movie destroyed prejudices about zombies genre movies. Just because producers had guts to create something like this they deserve 5 stars from me.
November 5, 2016
omg it was one of the best movies I want to see it again and again
November 1, 2016
Fantastic. Interesting to look at it from the zombie's perspective
October 25, 2016
A uniquely slanted and socially conscious retelling of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, this emo-flavored zom-rom-com penned by Isaac Marion adapted and directed by Jonathan Levine is a portrait of adolescent alienation rather than the usual zombie gore fest.

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
October 24, 2016
This is my absolute favourite movie of all time! I love movies, I watch a new movie at the theatre every week. This one is so original and a nice modern fresh twist to a romance story with some action. 10/10 would recommend
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