Movie Review Warm Bodies
A 2013 romcom with zombies. It has a great premise but it is let down by rather dull acting and convenient exposition. The change in the zombies as they return to life and discover love is rather heavily contrived.
The film works best when showing events from the zombie point of view, especially that of R (Nicholas Hoult). There is a dry witty humour to his asides such as regrets that he can’t shuffle round any faster.
The human characters, including female lead and love interest, Julie (Teresa Palmer) (R & Julie = Romeo & Juliet, with the rival families being the living and the dead, are less interesting. While R’s fixation on Julie is explained by him picking up memories of her boyfriend (who he ate) her acceptance of him is rooted in nothing other than him sparing her life.
R’s best friend among the zombies initially tries to kill Julie but then instantly changes his mind even before he shows signs of a heart beat and potential love. Later, Julie’s best friend, Nora, just takes the zombies turning nice for granted.
The zombification is treated as a temporary illness from which the infected and dead, recover to re-join the living once the army (represented by John Malkovitch) can be convinced not to shoot them all. Only the well-presented boneys, (the completely skeletal cadavers) are beyond hope as they even mistake zombies for living food (which is what they are turning into).
Some scenes make little sense and border on the necrophilic. R and Julie share a passionate kiss in the fountain pool even before she learns that he has returned to life. Yeuch! This was a great idea for a movie, but ultimately a wasted opportunity, but a very original angle on the walking dead genre nevertheless.