Movie Review: “Warm Bodies”

 The minute that you step into the theater, you know that what you’re going to experience is, at the very least, going to be an experience. Whether good or bad is subjective, and I really don’t know any other better way to put it.

    For me, I’ve always thought about it as a spectacle. The idea of sitting in a big dark room and knowing that, for the next one or two hours, you are not going to be interrupted. Whispers are minimal and phone-calls will get you vicious glares.

    The big screen is a nice added perk as well.

    The last film that I had seen prior to Warm Bodies was The Dark Knight Rises. I knew exactly what to expect with the third movie in Nolan’s trilogy, but I hadn’t the faintest idea about this one. It looked like a parody of Twilight, which is … not good, but I went and watched it because I felt like going to the movies.    

    Warm Bodies is a 2013 American zombie comedy film based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who’s known also for his work on 50/50 and The Wackness. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, known for various movies, (X-Men, Skins, etc.) and Teresa Palmer. (The Grudge 2, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, etc.)

    Besides them, there’s several names that you have heard of such as Dave Franco and Rob Corddry.

    I am happy to say that after watching the movie, I discovered that Warm Bodies wasn’t a bad parody of Twilight or something like that. It’s an interesting distortion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s about two star-crossed lovers that shouldn’t be together but inevitably are.

    The story revolves around a character without a name. It transpires from the perspective of a zombie, which in-itself is an extremely intriguing idea. It’s also seemed like a very tough idea to pull off, but I think they did well. Eventually, he befriends a human-girl named Julie, and begins to become more human.

    If there’s one criticism, it’s that the movie isn’t very funny. There were a couple of moments for shock-value, but they didn’t catch on with me. That might be the biggest problem that the movie has, it doesn’t have the wit to match the ambition. I remember after leaving the theater that all I could think about was Edward Scissorhands. Then, I looked it up and found out that the character in this movie was heavily inspired by him. They both are basically mute and have to translate through body-language.

    The difference is that Edward’s charm was his obliviousness, and while the zombie (called “R” later in the film) had that, but also had the narrations to work with. I liked that. Nicholas Hoult had a really solid performance, and I liked the portrayal of Julie as well.

    In conclusion, there’s not a whole lot of brilliance with the dialogue, and there are moments that feel a little cheesy. There are some moments that I could have done without, but at the same time, there’s a lot of creativity in the concept.

    The story was unique and I think that it’s worth your time.

    Thanks for reading….

Rating: – 3.0 out of 5.0