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Warm Bodies– Movie Review

Submitted by on February 5, 2013 – 10:21 amNo Comment

Warm Bodies unfortunately fails as both a zombie movie and a romantic comedy, with the two fairly intertwined. The film’s sci-fi logic is pretty spotty; and without well-defined conflict, the two lovers at the center of the movie have a flimsy relationship that’s tough to root for.

R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie… but he still has some thoughts and emotions. When he sees Julie (Teresa Palmer), an uninfected soldier, he’s smitten. R protects her from brain-eating hordes and keeps her safe/hostage for a few days to get to know her. Julie somehow kick-starts R’s heart, and he slowly becomes more human. But is it fast enough to convince Julie’s dad, the head of the armed resistance against the zombies? And can their relationship survive the fact that R ate Julie’s boyfriend?

It’s supposed to be “Romeo and Juliet”- R and Julie- with zombies. (R’s best friend is named Marcus, like Mercutio, and Julie’s is Nora, like Nurse.) But instead of age-old family rivalry with no clean resolution, one party is blood-sucking corpses, then there’s a magical transformation, and then they team up to kill a third party that is inexplicable worse and irredeemable. But just in case you still don’t see the parallels, they put in a balcony scene.

Nothing is very consistent or justified in Warm Bodies- zombies sort of have thoughts and feelings, though it’s never been discovered before. The zombies even have speech abilities, which fluctuate unpredictably. One zombie’s heart-pumping love spreads to others somehow. The worse-off zombies, “Boneys,” have the ability to strategize. Julie can run away as many times as she wants- and the revelation that her new boyfriend ate her old one never seems to be much of a problem. Even geography doesn’t seem to make much sense- if Julie walked to the airport in the first place, why does it take her so long to get back home in a car?

If you really want a zombie love story, check out the music video for “Big Brat” by Phantom Planet (below).

Did you see Warm Bodies? What did you think?

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