Movie Review: Warm Bodies

In Warm Bodies, a movie that is guaranteed to have you question the fine line between romantic and mildly disturbing. Nicholas Hoult plays R, the zombified protagonist. R can’t remember who he is (except the first letter of his name) or how he died. The movie opens with him wandering listlessly through an airport, narrating his situation as he stumbles along. Expect to hear his monotone voice blathering on for the next hour and a half. When R and a few other undead individuals head out to find some food, they crash into a room full of teenage “non-infected”. They proceed to split most of the teens’ heads open. But R spares one, a blonde girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). R brings her back to the abandoned airplane he calls home. Soon after, they begin to form a shaky relationship shown in an agonizingly cheesy montage. R’s able to connect with Julie by learning about her through her dead boyfriend’s memories, which R obtains by eating his brain. How romantic.

Nicholas Hoult in the starring role.

It’s hard to like an animated corpse that devours human flesh, but the movie does a pretty good job of humanizing zombies. R can create conceptual thought, which raises the question if he was really dead in the first place. For the first time, the apocalypse is shone to you through a zombie’s eyes. Zombies are portrayed not so much as monsters but as real people trapped in rotting bodies. However, that does not excuse the fact that if given the chance, he or she will eat your cerebrum. R wants to protect Julie from the dangers lurking outside, but the chick won’t sit still for 5 seconds! There was a point when seeing her empty sleeping spot became almost repetitive. By the fifth time it happened, even R seemed sick of chasing after her.

The acting is decent enough, but I have to give props to Rob Corddry. Corddry plays R’s best friend, M, who is also one of the living dead. They communicate mostly through grunts and awkward stares, but M is the first to be cured by R and Julie’s “love radiation.” (If you think I’m kidding, I’m not. The zombies are cured with the power of love.) Corddry doesn’t have many speaking parts, but when he does, his delivery is nearly flawless. Another standout was Analeigh Tipton, who plays Julies friend Nora. Tipton’s sarcasm is spot on, and some of her scenes made up the best parts of the movie.

Is Warm Bodies good? For the most part, yes, it is. The plot is a bit slow at first but it does give the characters enough time to bond and develop relationships. My main concern is that it’ll bore any action-fans before it gets to the good part (and I promise there is some action.) If you’ve ever had the urge to see a zombie rom-com, Warm Bodies is for you.

— Grayson Kennedy, Staff Writer

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