Five Word Review: The average Zombieo and Juliet
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
Summary: A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor) and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human—setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Warm Bodies combines zombies and romance…yeah, I’m serious. Boy zombie meets living girl, boy zombie starts to feel human again, antics ensue. You’d think that would be very comical and entertaining. I mean, that’s what I was hoping for. While it is comical and entertaining at times, it’s primarily a paint by the numbers Romeo and Juliet story with a lot of 80’s sounding music. Sorry kids, but most of the funny parts are already in the movie trailer.
Concepts – The thing I liked most about Warm Bodies, was a few of the concepts introduced to make the zombies more relateable. Many of the zombies can be seen still performing tasks that they did when they were human, like they are trying to hold onto some of their humanity. Warm Bodies even introduces the concept that zombies can see the memories of people whose brains they have eaten. Thus explaining why zombies are so hell bent on eating brains, so they can feel human again for a brief moment.
Zombie Perspective – Like in the trailer for the movie, there is a lot of narration that explains the thoughts of the lead zombie. This is where a lot of the humor comes from early on. I wonder what would be on my mind if I were a zombie? “People taste surprisingly like chicken.” “I wonder if Viagra would still work.” “Look at me, I’m hanging brain! Get it?”
Rob Corddry – Seriously, he has three of the funniest moments in the movie. I really wish the humor had been more along the lines of how his character was used.
Bonies – In Warm Bodies, there is a bigger threat than zombies, Bonies. Bonies are sort of the evolution of zombies. They have shed all their skin and aren’t picky about what they eat; as long as it has a heartbeat, it’s on the menu. I like that instead of zombies just deteriorating over time and dying, that they have a kind of final scary existence that is even more frightening.
Teresa Palmer – She does her best Kristin Stewart impression, but the great thing about that is that her impression is actually better than Kristin Stewarts acting. Close your mouth damnit!
Slow Start – Maybe it’s because the trailers showed a lot of it, but the first half of the movie is a bit slow. I had already heard the jokes and when there was no narration it was just a bunch of zombies shuffling around because that’s what they do. Not exactly riveting stuff.
Soundtrack Overload – Another thing about the first half of the movie that bothered me was the over-reliance on the soundtrack. I felt like I was watching a strange 80’s music video a lot of the time.
Not so Funny – I expected this movie to be funnier. Most of the funny moments, with the exception of Rob Corddry’s scenes, are shown in the trailer.
Romeo and Juliet – I know the story of Romeo and Juliet is used as a base for many romantic comedies and dramas which is fine, but most of them do it with subtlety. Warm Bodies throws subtlety out the window and crams Romeo and Juliet down your throat. That sounds like some kind of terrible sex act and I apologize if anyone’s imagination conjures imagery up for that. But back to what I was saying. I mean the lead characters are named Julie and R. Really. Oh and there is a scene where she is on a balcony and he calls up to her. Shoot me in the face with a cheese canon.
Zombies or Emmo Kids – To many people, cozying up to a rotting corpse doesn’t sound appealing and for those that do find that appealing, please never come back here. Having said that, this is a film about a living girl who has to cozy up next to a rotting corpse. How do they make this palatable? Instead of making R look like a zombie, make him look like an emmo kid with contacts and a few random scars. Now instead of looking like a zombie, he manages to look more like a cast member of Twilight.
High Functioning Zombies – Before R ever starts to feel human again, he is already very high functioning. He collects things, can open doors, play records and on occasion can spout out a word or two. What the fuck is up with that? I know they had to make theses changes to suit the story but at some point they stop resembling zombies and start resembling reclusive mutes.
While Warm Bodies has some really interesting concepts about zombies, it wastes most of the funny moments in the trailer and relies to heavily on overused themes to tell it’s story. If you love zombies, you’ll probably see this movie no matter what. I’d love to hear your 2 cents on how the zombies are portrayed in the movie. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.