"Warm Bodies" warms the hearts of audiences
Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 3, 2013 20:02
Of the new releases that came out on Feb. 1, I was most excited about the premiere of "Warm Bodies," which was directed by Jonathan Levine. Long story short, I wasn't let down.
The post-apocalyptic romance between R, played by Nicholas Hoult, and Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, warmed the hearts of the audience as they watched how love for someone can overcome even the most bizarre of situations; namely being a zombie. R's curious nature and search for meaning sparks an unforeseen change in him that turns the world on its heels.
While the movie is more aimed at women, my 30-year-old brother who accompanied me enjoyed himself more than he had originally expected.
Across the board, it seems as though the appreciation for this fresh film has been a positive one. IMDb gave the film a 7.3 rating out of 10, and out of 32 reviews reporting to Metacritic only two were negative.
So what's so refreshing about the zom-com? Unlike other zombie flicks over the past few decades, this film offers a lot of perspective from R instead of just focusing on the point of view of the surviving humans.
The inner monologs from the screenplay, which was written by Levine from Isaac Marion's novel, at various points in the movie show great insight into the thoughts going on in the zombie's minds. It's full of great lines and some comedy that seems to be able to fit nearly everyone's idea of what's funny. There were some corny lines between the love-struck leading cast, but personally I believe it added to the great chemistry that they exhibited on screen.
The characters that end up as villains, the "bonies," however could have used a little more work on their effects. While I'm no Spielberg, I will say that I have seem better CG in other films, bringing the quality of the "bonies" to less than impressive.
However, I will say that other than that I really did enjoy the movie. So hats off to Summit Studios and the cast for bringing a refreshing view to the lives of the undead.