Warm Bodies

Listen, I like a good love story as much as the next person but at some point, you have to say ” ENOUGH ALREADY! ITS THE SAME DAMN STORY!”. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl feels the same, the end.  Well folks, I’m happy to provide you with a bit of a twist on that love story.

Twilight had a vampire fall in love with a human and it also romanticized the vampire as this high school heartthrob, where’s the fun in that? When it comes to a supernatural love, you need to go with the zombies… no seriously. Warm Bodies provides an otherworldly love story without making it feel too teeny-bopper-ish.

R (Nicholas Hoult) is just your every day, average, ugly, bloodthirsty zombie. His spends his days wandering through the airport with other zombies, trying to find some sense of normalcy and maybe try to remember what living was like. What I thought was cool about R’s character is that much like the George A. Romero Land of the Dead, he is smart and can learn. He has a friend (of sorts) in M (Rob Corddry) and they communicate mostly through grunts, but sometimes they exchange words (literally, one word at a time).

R has an airplane where “lives” and collects things. He even actively listens to music (he wins brownie points for listening to Springsteen from me).  Zombies are the only things occupying the airport. Bonies, who are like a super zombie, will “eat anything with a heartbeat” and also live among the zombies. They tend to leave the zombies alone, but just one of these skeletal creatures is more deadly than a pack of zombies.
On the other end of the spectrum, Julie (Teresa Palmer) her friend Nora (Analeigh Tipton), boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) and some other kids are on a run for medical supplies by order of Julie’s father, Grigio (John Malkovich) who is like the President of the survivors. It’s on this fateful run that changes Julie’s life forever.

A zombie attack occurs in the lab where the group is scavenging for supplies and not everyone makes it out alive.  This is where R and Julie’s story begins after R saves her from the zombie raid (that he pretty much initiated FYI).  He takes her back to his plane to hide out until it’s safe to return her back to her home. Understandably so, it takes Julie a little bit to warm up (no pun intended) to R and trust him but after she does, they begin to bond and form a relationship of sorts.  Their relationship is tested when a secret is surfaced and the lines between the dead and living are tested. Will R and Julie’s relationship survive the hardship?

My favorite character in this movie has to be M. He’s funny, clever and all around badass (especially towards the end of the movie). My only real compliant is with the ending, and I can’t really tell you why because it would spoil the whole thing. This is a modern love story for anyone who loves zombies, comedies and romance and it’s in theaters now.

 

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Written by: Katie Sperduti

 

 

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