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Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies
Jan. 30, 2013by:
7 10

PLOT: R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a bad guy. Along with his best buddy, M (Rob Corddry)- or rather MMMMMM…, he spends his days wandering around the airport that’s home to the thousands of infected zombies, avoiding The Bonies- zombies that are even more far gone, and looking for human flesh to snack on (but, ya know- at least he feels conflicted about it). One day, he runs afoul of a group of humans, and immediately falls in love with the beautiful Julie (Teresa Palmer) - whose father, General Grigio (John Malkovich) is bent on destroying all zombies once and for all.

REVIEW: WARM BODIES is probably the first “cute” zombie movie. Sigh, it had to happen sooner or later. Vampires aren’t really scary anymore, and I guess the over-abundance of zombie movies regulates the undead to the same fate. It was probably inevitable to one day we’d get the first zombie romance, but are far as things go; it could be a whole lot worse.

Actually, in its own way, WARM BODIES is kinda great. Right from our introduction to R, with Hoult’s ever present stream of consciousness narration, its clear that R is your typical nice-guy hipster, who just happens to be dead- kinda like an undead Scott Pilgrim. After all, a zombie who relaxes after a long day of hunting humans by listening to John Waite’s “Missing You” on vinyl can be all bad, right? Hoult’s pretty perfect in the part. Ever since ABOUT A BOY, he’s made for a likable screen-presence, and he’s a super engaging lead. He seems to be having a lot of fun as the mostly undead R, grunting his way through most of the movie, with very little dialogue other than his v/o. Even when he starts to talk a bit, he never becomes too chatty, as after all- the guy’s dead, right?

If this is the “Romeo and Juliet” of zombie flicks, I guess that makes Teresa Palmer Juliet (or rather- Julie), and like Hoult- she’s one of those people you can’t help but like, no matter what the part (I even liked her in I AM NUMBER 4). She makes a sweet, likable love interest- not to mention the fact that she’s cute as hell, as I’m sure the sight of Teresa Palmer would be enough to make even the hungriest zombie’s heart start-up again.

Of course, every Romeo’s got to have a Mercutio, and Corddry as M (just like Hoult is R, get it?) fills the role nicely. He seems to be having a blast playing a zombie- but he’s also very effective later on in the film when he has a nice little subplot involving his own lingering humanity. Corddry’s a guy I’m always rooting for, and this is a perfect part for him. As for Malkovich, well, other than JONAH HEX, when hasn’t he been perfect? He’s great as Julie’s warrior dad, and he gives the part a nice, three-dimensionality it might not have had otherwise.

It really shouldn’t be a surprise that WARM BODIES is as good as it is, coming from Jonathan Levine, director of ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANY LANE (which the Weinstein Co., is still sitting on), THE WACKNESS and the excellent sleeper 50/50. Levine really knows how to make a fun, ninety-minute horror comedy and he keeps the energy going even when it’s just Palmer and Hoult doing things like listening to R’s vinyl collection. Speaking of which, the soundtrack is great, with tons of cool tracks including Guns n’ Roses “Civil War”, along with lots of hipster indie music to remind us this is from the same company that puts out TWILIGHT.

If indeed, this is going to be the “zombie TWILIGHT”, we could do a lot worse, as it’s about 1000x the film any of those were. I have no idea if the premise can sustain a franchise (although Issac Marion, who wrote the novel it’s based on has done a prequel, and is working on a sequel), but I really enjoyed this cutesy take on the zombie apocalypse. Of course, it’s not the least bit scary (this is a “light” PG-13) - but it’s pleasant. I know, I know- a “pleasant” zombie movie. Whodathunkit?

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:03PM on 01/30/2013
Hollywood really loves putting more Zzzzzzzzzzzs in Zombies. Yuck yuck...

Seriously, it's getting old and this stupid spin on it doesn't freshen anything up...
Hollywood really loves putting more Zzzzzzzzzzzs in Zombies. Yuck yuck...

Seriously, it's getting old and this stupid spin on it doesn't freshen anything up...
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4:49PM on 01/30/2013

idk

can't be any worst then the book. I got a 100 pages into it and had to stop reading it. It was so boring.
can't be any worst then the book. I got a 100 pages into it and had to stop reading it. It was so boring.
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1:11PM on 01/30/2013

Nice...

Pleasantly surprised to see this rating. This isn't the type of movie I would head to a movie theater for, but I will definitely watch it when it comes out on DVD.
Pleasantly surprised to see this rating. This isn't the type of movie I would head to a movie theater for, but I will definitely watch it when it comes out on DVD.
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11:50AM on 01/30/2013
"My Boyfriend's Back" is probably one of the first 'cute' zombie movies. Although, it didn't take place during a zombie apocalypse. I'm definitely interested in this one.
"My Boyfriend's Back" is probably one of the first 'cute' zombie movies. Although, it didn't take place during a zombie apocalypse. I'm definitely interested in this one.
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10:18AM on 01/30/2013
I'll definitely give this a shot on blu-ray. The only thing about the trailers that turned me off was the horrible CGI bonies.

Also, even though ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE was never released in the U.S., the UK blu-ray is region-free and is pretty inexpensive on Amazon.
I'll definitely give this a shot on blu-ray. The only thing about the trailers that turned me off was the horrible CGI bonies.

Also, even though ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE was never released in the U.S., the UK blu-ray is region-free and is pretty inexpensive on Amazon.
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10:36AM on 01/30/2013
lol i paid so much for that blu ray on ebay a few years ago... still totally worth it tho
lol i paid so much for that blu ray on ebay a few years ago... still totally worth it tho
9:30AM on 01/30/2013
Sorry, read the review and I'm not seeing why I should give this a shot. You mentioned each actor being good and talked about the director but nothing much about the quality of the movie really. Is it funny or is the plot any good? No big deal really, I'll just fill in the blank and go with my original assessment that it's zombie Twilight. I'd much rather watch killing machines than "cute" zombies anyway.
Sorry, read the review and I'm not seeing why I should give this a shot. You mentioned each actor being good and talked about the director but nothing much about the quality of the movie really. Is it funny or is the plot any good? No big deal really, I'll just fill in the blank and go with my original assessment that it's zombie Twilight. I'd much rather watch killing machines than "cute" zombies anyway.
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9:02AM on 01/30/2013
Like you said, Teresa Palmer is adorable, and I am interested in seeing this because of her. She's very sweet.
Like you said, Teresa Palmer is adorable, and I am interested in seeing this because of her. She's very sweet.
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8:53AM on 01/30/2013
I've never seen nor will ever watch Twilight, but this movie at least sounds fun. Plus I like the subtle humour so I will give this a chance before writing it off.
I've never seen nor will ever watch Twilight, but this movie at least sounds fun. Plus I like the subtle humour so I will give this a chance before writing it off.
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5:46AM on 01/30/2013

PoS

The cure for being a zombie is love. What pixie dust farting loser decided to twilight the zombie genre?? This shit needs to stop.
The cure for being a zombie is love. What pixie dust farting loser decided to twilight the zombie genre?? This shit needs to stop.
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5:14AM on 01/30/2013
Haha, I love that "Zombi" Blu Ray picture. This could be fun after all.
Haha, I love that "Zombi" Blu Ray picture. This could be fun after all.
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4:00AM on 01/30/2013
I think this sounds like a movie that deserves a chance and shouldn't be simply written off as "zombie Twilight". Good review, and 7/10 ain't bad!
I think this sounds like a movie that deserves a chance and shouldn't be simply written off as "zombie Twilight". Good review, and 7/10 ain't bad!
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