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But I digress. This is supposed to be a movie review. I can always make fun of my ex later. Sorry, I get stuck on things sometimes.
Just to reiterate: Yeah, I LOVE zombies. From the novels of Jonathan Maberry, to THE WALKING DEAD comic series and TV show, the various MARVEL ZOMBIES comics, and films like DAWN OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIELAND, if it has festering cadavers feasting on human flesh, I can’t get enough of it!
It isn’t so much for the zombies themselves, mind you- it’s the way the story is told that makes it fascinating. ANYBODY can write a story about a zombie invasion, but not everyone can make it interesting. For every good zombie comic, movie, and book, there are probably about five horrible ones. Which brings me to WARM BODIES.
In yet another post-apocalyptic America that has been wiped out by a zombie plague, a walking corpse named, R, longs for more out of his existence than just shuffling about and eating brains. Sure, life sucks when you’re dead, but who says it has to stay that way? R gets his jollies by hanging out with his undead buddy Marcus and listening to old eighties tunes like “Missing You” from John Waite. Enter: Julia, who R meets while hunting for fresh brains to snack on. It’s love at first sight- for him, anyway.
When a guy meets a girl he likes enough to NOT sleep with is hard when you have a pulse. It’s even harder when you want to gnaw on her flesh. The longer Julia remains with R, the more human he becomes, which changes the world around them in an unexpected way.
With WARM BODIES, it’s kind of difficult to avoid comparing it to the Twilight Saga. But the difference is that this film doesn’t take itself too seriously, unlike Twilight. You can laugh at everything that R is thinking. He knows that his existence is pointless. Bella is so much angst and drama that you just wanna punch her in the face sometimes. Nicholas Hoult, who plays R, is really great, though Teresa Palmer is trying a bit too hard to tap into her inner Kristen Stewart. It’s slightly annoying. I love John Malkevich, but they don’t give him much to do besides be a doorstop with a gun. But I guess everybody needs a paycheck.
Overall, this is a great movie for any age. Even though the zombies called ‘bonies’ could be a little scary for the younger crowd, there isn’t a huge gore factor here. It’s funnier than it is gross. Normally, I tend to be a bit harsh on genre films when they stray outside the lore they come from, but I try to keep an open mind if it’s an entertaining story. And WARM BODIES is exactly that.
Greg’s rating: Four of four stars