Original Date: February 17, 2013
NOTE: I might do a current movie release review now and then, hopefully at least once a month or two but I might review a movie if it’s been a month, otherwise, it’s going into the (Hy)Lights pile.
“Zombies being the latest craze since vampires and werewolves aren’t exactly attracting fans who aren’t crazy enough to want to love them……nor fuck them for that matter (literally, and I assure you nobody wants to fuck zombies anytime soon).”
That’s what I said during my review of High School of the Dead almost a year ago and I would have never thought that a movie like this were to exist today. Then again, at first I never thought this premise would be executed well, due to that other movie whose name shall not be mentioned tainting horror figures but maybe it could be a different turn for the good…….or not.
First, the plot: 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 forms 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 film is also based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, which the novel and film adaptations borrowed from elements of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with the main character named R (meaning Romeo) & his love interest Julie (meaning Juliet). Come to think of it, this is more like Romeo & Juliet rather than Twilight (and this is a good thing considering Romeo & Juliet is a better romance story and a classic….which has been adapted too many times for people to give a shit about). The character of Perry who is in love with Julie in the movie is like Count Paris who wishes to marry Juliet in the original source; M (or Marcus) is a direct reference to Mercutio, the best friend of Romeo; and Nora, the best friend of Julie is very similar of the Nurse, the personal confidante for Juliet.
The film is directed by Jonathan Levine, who was the director of The Wackness & 50/50, and in my opinion, those are two great movies on his resume and I can add this one to it because this is actually a great movie that has a sense of charm and wit in the romantic aspect and there’s enough enjoyable laughs in its runtime.
Now on the performances, I enjoyed Nicholas Hoult’s performance as R and how the movie is told by a zombie’s perspective and it didn’t go for the melodramatic route and it feels……well, I wouldn’t say normal or realistic….but something in a refreshing way that isn’t stale. Teresa Palmer as the love interest was good but most of the time, she can be a real bitch, especially to her dad while he’s trying to protect her from the zombies. Rob Corddry as M also brought his highlights of comedy onto the screen and has a unique and thoughtful connection with R as the movie goes along. John Malkovich gives a small but nuanced performance as the colonel, who really had more of a reason to protecting the people from the zombies other than just being a maniac bent on power.
FINAL VERDICT: Overall, this is a good movie with the zombie and romance element not backfiring on them and tells a compelling story with a good chance of them doing it well. Albeit, there are some plot holes that personally for me doesn’t seem that visible or really that noticeable. It’s something that you’ll have a good time in the theaters but you wouldn’t rush it too quick to see it. I still recommend the movie to audiences who want something more in the zombie genre.
Warm Bodies gets the luke-warm reception of
8/10 – HIGH Matinee
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
WARM BODIES – courtesy of Summit Entertainment.
THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr page