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.
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.
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!
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.
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! 😀