Warm Bodies

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Warm Bodies  (B).  Fans of zombie movies and fans of romantic comedies can rejoice as those two great tastes are brought together in one enjoyable movie.  Okay, that’s not exactly true; hard-core zombie fans probably won’t care for this rather light-hearted twist on the formula.  There’s been a standard-issue zombie apocalypse, but there’s a decidedly non-standard zombie amongst the living dead.  This particular zombie, “R,” has a rich interior life and yearns to be able to communicate with those around him.  And although he does feast on the flesh and especially the brains of the living, at least he has the decency to feel conflicted about it.  Anyhow, some zombies corner some humans and turn most of them into meals, but for some reason R rescues one of them, a Kristen Stewart lookalike named Julie (Teresa Palmer, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).  From then on, the story is more Beauty and the Beast than Dawn of the Dead.  I got a kick out of it, even if the movie ignores conventional zombie wisdom that zombies never ever change.  Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) does a good job as R, and John Malkovich (Burn After Reading) and Analeigh Tipton (Damsels in Distress) have nice supporting roles.  It’s rated PG-13 for some mild profanity and some decently gruesome zombie violence, but I think most 13-year-olds will be fine with it.  In fact, I took my 13-year-old goddaughter, and she gave it an A+.

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4 comments on “Warm Bodies

  1. […] Night of the Living Dead (1968)  (C-).  Well, Halloween is coming up, so I thought I should take the time to fill up an unfortunate gap in my movie-watching experience by watching the original Night of the Living Dead.  If I understand right, this film kind of established the basic rules that apply in most zombie movies.  For example, zombies are reanimated corpses that hunger for the flesh of living human beings.  A zombie can be killed by delivering severe trauma to its brain.  Zombies aren’t very intelligent and they are usually pretty slow-moving, but they often travel in numbers large enough to overwhelm lone humans or humans in small groups.  This movie features a small band of humans who, by chance, take refuge from the zombie menace in the same farmhouse.  They’re all white except for one black guy, and I thought it was interesting, given when the movie was made, that the black guy is generally the most level-headed and sensible person in the bunch.  Also interesting, I don’t think I ever heard the word “zombie” in the whole movie (the phrase “flesh-eating ghouls” did come up once or twice).  Anyway, I’m glad I saw it for purposes of historical research, but it’s no World War Z or Warm Bodies. […]

  2. […] moments, but it’s got a lot of very serious stretches amongst the amusing bits.  And I liked Warm Bodies, which is kind of a zombie romantic comedy, or zom-rom-com, but it is certainly not going to be to […]

  3. […] no sense to me.  I say skip it.  If you’re craving love in the time of zombies, check out Warm Bodies […]

  4. […] couple. The oldest (Radcliffe) discovers girls, or at least one girl named Lucy (Teresa Palmer, Warm Bodies). The other three are caught up in the possibility that a young childless couple in the village […]

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