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Warm Bodies Review

Okay now it’s time to review Warm Bodies, the film I was dreading to watch for a little while now due to the trailer. The trailer made me think that this film was gonna be some boring romantic comedy with zombies and similarities to Twilight, but then some of the reviews I saw for the film were alright so I thought that there was hope for the film. So I went to see it today and it turned out to be better than I expected.

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So the story is set in a zombie apocalypse setting we have a world where zombies roam the streets in two varieties; the basic undead that look your typical zombies and then there’s these creepy skeleton zombies (known as “Bonies”) who are violent, devoid of any human elements and eat any humans they can find. Now within this group of undead we have R, our central zombie character who seems to have more sense than most of the other zombies and has the power to think but mainly moans. While some humans venture into zombie territory, R comes across Julie, a human girl who he becomes infatuated with and saves her from a zombie attack (after eating her boyfriend’s brains haha). From then the two of them have to survive, learn to trust each other and evade “Bonies”. Eventually R and Julie start to bond and this in turn starts to change R from a lifeless zombie to a person who feels more human aspects; this also starts to affect the other undead zombies too. So then many other crazy scenarios ensue and R and Julie’s bond is tested when both the humans and “Bonies” are on the hunt for them.

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I thought the story was nice; it was nicely paced and was entertaining. The whole zombie rules and elements were well-integrated into those characters though at times some of the rules do fluctuate and change from time to time. Some of the humour is lost in the film if you’ve seen the trailers already but there are still a few funny scenes to enjoy. I also liked to obvious parallels to Romeo & Juliet and while it was a teen film with romantic elements, it is a believable and more importantly bearable!

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And then there’s the characters of Warm Bodies who are pretty much the make or break aspect of the film, luckily they’re up to tar. Firstly Nicholas Hoult as R, he was a very enjoyable and entertaining character. I loved how we could hear his inner thoughts and how he told the story from his perspective. Hoult delivers a great performance which is different, fun and hilarious. And there’s the pretty Teresa Palmer who was lovely as Julie Grigio. From the trailers I thought Julie was going to be a little generic, but she was luckily very likeable, relatable and had some good chemistry with R that wasn’t forced. And then there’s my man Rob Corddry as M / Marcus, he was awesome. He’s R’s mate and they hang out and have moaning conversations. His character was also pretty funny, had some funny moments and dialogue and I found it interesting that besides R he was the only other zombie capable of using words. Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin was alright thought he was a bit bland for me. His character definitely served his purpose and Franco played his part well but I didn’t really care for Perry that much. Also Analeigh Tipton as Nora was not only hot but also pretty funny. She was the bubbly friend of Julie and I while she wasn’t in the film as much as the two main characters it was fun to see what kind of weird stuff that Nora would say. And lastly John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio was cool, he was the guy who has a grudge against the zombies and I loved the way Malkovich played his character, sure he’s not in the film very much but when he’s there he is pretty badass.

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When it comes to the presentation visually it was alright, the CGI was decent for the skeleton zombies, however I found it to be a little too fake-looking in some scenes and that bothered me and definitely took away their scary factor in some scenes. Also speaking of the “Bonies” there’s one scene in the film that really reminded me of the chase sequence involving the T-1000 from Terminator 2 which made me smile a little bit. Also the soundtrack was lovely, I liked the whimsical score Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders and the songs used in the film was also lovely.

In conclusion Warm Bodies was a surprisingly nice zombie rom com that had the right amount of story and interesting characters to keep me entertained from start to finish. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer were great as the lead characters and their relationship was the one thing that needed to work and thankfully it was convincing and entertaining. If you get the chance check this film out, its thankfully nothing like Twilight so dudes do not be afraid you don’t have to worry about no Bella and Edward bullshit haha.

Rating: 7.5 (Worth a Watch!)

So what did you think of Warm Bodies? Did you enjoy it or despise it? Whatever your thoughts leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 1

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first part of Films to look out for in 2013! In this blog post I will be listing a number of films that you should check out over the course of 2013. Now there may be some films that I leave out but that’ll be down to either the crazy amount of films out this year or the fact that I simply don’t care haha. Anyways I’ve talked long enough and myreelpov has already gotten her 2013 preview on her blog online already so let me get started with mine:

Gangster Squad

Release Date: January 11 (US), January 10 (AU & UK)

When I saw the trailer for this film a little ago in the cinema I felt a mixture of interest and annoyance. I mean while I am up for crime-based films, it does feel like these films are constantly just emerging from the woodwork. Ever since Boardwalk Empire and Public Enemies, these kinds of films have increasingly popped up in the cinema especially these ones based on true stories. But anyway if Gangster Squad is worth watching then I guess I won’t mind another crime film. The cast looks solid including Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn, plus the trailer looks cool with some kick ass action sequences and some nice drama so I can’t wait to see it on the weekend.

The Last Stand

Release Date: January 18 (US), January 25 (UK)

I’ve been following the film since its announcement and I seriously want it to be badass. Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my favourite actors ever and the fact that he’s getting back into the world of cinema just excites me. I was pleased with his contributions to The Expendables 2 and when I saw the trailer for The Last Stand I was hyped, I mean it did just look like another action film and could just be pants. However it’s Schwarzenegger’s first leading role in a film since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. The film looks like fun and takes the time to poke fun at Schwarzenegger’s age so hopefully it’ll be action-packed with the right amount of humour sprinkled in.

Movie 43

Release Date: January 25 (US & UK)

I saw the trailer for this film online and I just thought holy man how many famous people are there in this film? Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gerard Butler, Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, DAMN! That’s a lot of actors and actresses and that’s around half of the people involved in this film. I don’t usually don’t run out to watch comedy films in the cinema but this one actually looks interesting. Now with all these famous faces in one place it could just all just cave in on itself and suck, but here’s hoping that Movie 43 is a good watch.

Parker

Release Date: January 25 (US), March 8 (UK)

I’m not overly fussed about Jason Statham but Parker this one looks cool. Thrillers are always worth a watch in my opinion and this seems like the most interesting Jason Statham in a while, now I don’t hate the guy by any means but I’ve never felt the need to watch any of his films in the cinema (besides The Expendables 1 & 2), but with the addition of Jennifer Lopez and some cool action scenes too, I may actually be entertained by this one. Plus J Lo hasn’t been in many films for years so it’ll be interesting to see how she fares in this film,

Bullet to the Head

Release Date: February 1 (US & UK)

I don’t care want anyone says, Sylvester Stallone is still cool and any film he’s in these days is worth my attention. It’s been great seeing him continuing to do action films even though he’s getting on in years; however I think it is commendable that he continuously keeps moving. But anyway onto the film, to be honest in the trailer I get that ‘been there seen that’ kind of vibe from the plot, but it still looks like a fun little action film with some cool fights scenes and an interesting partnership between Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang. Anyway as long as Bullet to the Head doesn’t suck and is entertaining then I say game on!

Warm Bodies

Release Date: February 1 (US), February 8 (UK)

Before watching the trailer I heard a lot of talk about Warm Bodies and heard it was going to be the next Twilight film or something, and I thought to myself “Oh dear god!” Though after I saw the trailer for the film I didn’t think it was that bad and the comparison to that horrible vampire film franchise is unfair. This film seems to be a comedy with love elements in play, while some of the humour-filled scenes in the trailer were worth a few chuckles I wasn’t too keen on a lot of it and the whole love story felt absurdly cheesy and seems like the one element I won’t like too much in this film. However I curious to see how Nicholas Hoult fares in this film after his good work in X-Men: First Class.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Release Date: February 14

To be honest I’m not sure how I really feel about this film. One side of me says “I don’t give monkeys about Die Hard anymore, why is it still going?” But another part of me says “Oh, another Die Hard film, might give that one a watch.” I don’t know, when I heard that there was gonna be a fifth entry in the Die Hard film series I shook my head just wondering what is going on at Hollywood. I don’t really like the whole father and son team-up thing, but who knows it could be fun, I guess we’ll see when February rolls around.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Release Date: March 1 (US), March 22 (UK)

I always find it crazy how filmmakers can take classic fairy-tale stories and blow them way out of proportion; this is especially evident with Jack the Giant Slayer. It seems like there is more than one giant above the clouds and they want to invade the world below and when this princess finds herself set flying into their territory via a giant beanstalk the giants then have means of travel between worlds. I like the way this film is taking several of the classic elements of the story and giving us such a different take on the source material, plus it has my man Ewan McGregor so that’s cool, plus there’s Stanley Tucci and its being directed by Bryan Singer so this sounds like a winning combination in my book. Let’s hope that the film doesn’t disappoint.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Release Date: March 8 (UK & US)

This film automatically has two main things that has me interested; 1) It’s got James Franco and 2) It’s directed by my man Sam Raimi who made the Spider-Man trilogy (though most only count film 1 and 2). Those two factors along have me interested in this film. I then saw the trailer and it wasn’t what I was expecting. The film is very big and colourful and full of CGI, and I was getting horrible vibes of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (If you didn’t know already I didn’t like that film at all). Well this prequel to The Wizard of Oz sounds interesting if it can be pulled off correctly.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Release Date: March 15 (US & UK)

I had heard about this film online somewhere as one of the films to look out for in 2013 and I just watched the trailer for it and I can see why. This film looks hilarious! I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of magic and illusion and I’m always down for a good laugh and this film seems to have both. I also the three main cast members Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey are people I love watching in films so this should be a fun film to watch in the cinema.

Carrie

Release Date: March 15 (US), April 5 (UK)

Now I’ve heard countless things about original 1976 adaptation of Carrie but I’ve never seen it. I’ve seen the many references in many TV shows to the point where I’ve almost seen the entire film already. Apparently the original was very well-received, so when I hear that theirs a remake on the horizon I can’t help but roll my eyes in horror due to the fact that most remakes suck terribly especially in the horror genre. But since the lead is being played by Chloë Grace Moretz I want this film to do well. Ever since Kick-Ass she’s been showing up in more and more films, and the teaser trailer while not really displaying much really does set a very creepy and violent tone. So again I’m hoping that this third film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel will actually be worth watching.

The Croods

Release Date: March 22 (US & UK)

Funnily enough I doubt there will be any animations that’ll make me overly excited to go to the cinema this year. Though The Croods looks alright, it seems like another interesting take on the prehistoric era with charismatic characters in the form of cavemen. The visuals look good and the humour seems jokes too, I hope it’ll be good though.

Alrighty well that’s the first part of my film guide for 2013. I think I will limit myself to 12 films per blog post. So are any of your films on this list? Leave me a comment below and let me know yo! Join me again next time when I give you part 2 of my films to look out for this year yo!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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