Warm Bodies (2013) Directed by Jonathon Levine. Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and John Malkovich. IMDB says: ”After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.”
While out on an excursion with other zombies to chow on some brain, Julie (Teresa Palmer) catches his eye. She is a human living in what was once part of a city but is now a walled in compound under the command of her father (John Malkovich). She’s on a mission with her best friend (Analeigh Tipton) and boyfriend (Dave Franco) to gather supplies outside the wall when they run into R’s group. Instead of letting Julie die, R has the zombie equivalent of love at first sight and decides to take her back to the airport where the local zombies congregate. At first Julie is obviously frightened and wants to get away from R but as she gets more comfortable in his presence a weird friendship starts to form. Throughout the movie as he gets closer to Julie, R becomes more capable of communication. It’s all something fresh that you’ve never really seen from movie zombies. The earlier you forget about what you’re used to seeing, the quicker you can get into this new version.
This film ends up being pretty funny (don’t expect Zombieland levels) while extremely sweet (nowhere near close to Twilight cheese). Rob Corddy as R’s zombie mate and Tipton provide doses of good humor at the right moments. Palmer and Hoult are so likeable together that just watching his attempts to get closer while trying not to be creepy, as reanimated corpses tend to be, is fun. There’s also enough action for this to not be a strictly cute comedy. There’s some nice zombie horde action along with the menacing “Bonies” (zombies that are even more dead).
Just be prepared for a romantic comedy with a dash of action and a rewriting of zombie rules accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack and I think you’ll enjoy Warm Bodies. It’s not the funniest or most exciting movie, but it has plenty of great things going for it. If nothing else you can see two fun, refreshing performances from its two young leads.
The cast was interesting. There are some up-and-coming stars as well as some more established actors in the cast. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer both do great as leading actors. Especially Hoult, whose narration helps bring some character to the zombie he is playing. John Malkovich is a very convincing over protective father/paranoid leader. Rob Corddry is perfect for the role he plays, bringing his style of comedy to his small role in an effective way.
Overall, I would recommend this film more to younger moviegoers. Also, there isn’t really any horror elements in the film. The love story of the film is easily the main focus, but it’s original enough, overall, so it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.