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Warm Bodies Review
R is a zombie. He wanders around the airport with a lot of the other dead, but he wants more from his existence, even though he doesn’t know how to get it. As far as the audience knows, R is pretty much the only zombie who thinks and still has some part of him that is slightly human. He and his best friend, who can also manage a few words every now and then, go to the city with a horde of other shamblers and look for someone to eat. Eating serves two purposes, it keeps the hunger down, but it also prevents the zombie from decaying into something called a Bonie, which looks like a skeleton with a bit more flesh on it. They’re truly mindless, while some of the zombies seem to have a bit of intelligence left. “Life” changes for R when he meets Julie, one of a group of humans out scavenging in the ruined city. Something within him changes when he sees her, so instead of eating her, he saves her and takes her back to the airplane where he lives.
While she stays with him, he tries to be normal and not creepy, only really half-succeeding. This is where the romance between the two characters starts, though it’s pretty much all on R’s side, Julie doesn’t see him as attractive, though the fact that he saved her instead of trying to eat her does make her look on him a bit more favorably.
Every time a supernatural creature and a human have a romance, especially if they’re younger characters, there’s a comparison to Twilight, and this movie is no exception. While there are some similarities, I don’t think it’s really the same story or even that close, beyond the romance angle, I just think Hollywood’s still wanting to cash in on the sparkling up of vampires.
The nice thing is that Warm Bodies doesn’t de-fang the zombies. R snacks on the brain of Julie’s boyfriend throughout the first half of the movie without even thinking too much about it. The Bonies are much more zombie-like, though both kinds of the undead would still devour a regular human if they could, though for beings like R, that changes along the way.
The last half of the film sees R sneaking into the human compound looking for Julie, which is a nice twist in that he needs to try and act human to avoid being caught and shot. It’s funny to watch him try and interact with humans, though they could’ve done some more interesting and funny things with him wandering around, and I’m still not quite sure how he found her.
Nicholas Hoult does a great job as R, especially considering how limited his expressions and emotions are in the beginning of the film.
Warm Bodies is a good film, though it’s not quite the zombie comedy the trailer portrays it to be, maybe because the romance angle is played up so much more than in other zombie films that are sort of similar.
There are enough scenes of zombie or Bonie carnage to keep horror fans happy, though the ending might not be to their liking. I found the end to be a bit too romance-y, though it’s set up all along in the movie and it did work within the context of the world. I think I’d have been more happy with it if we knew more about the zombies and how they were created in the first place, there’s a bunch of hand waving on how the apocalypse started, and if they’d gone into a bit more detail, then it might’ve made the ending work a bit better for me.