‘WARM BODIES’ Review by Steve Oatney —
Yes, and I say again, yes. With the zombie boom growing more and more popular every day, Warm Bodies is a unique and welcome twist on the usual take of the undead brain-eaters we all know and love.
I hate to admit that Twilight really opened the door for these modern teenage monster romance films, but I have to say that in the case of Warm Bodies, I’m glad that Twilight paved the way. I wish it were the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I could credit as the film that jump started the rebirth of fascination with monster movies, but alas, such is not the case.
Beautiful Creatures, the recent teenage witches flick, and Warm Bodies, are helping to round out this rebirth of monster romance films that do not fit so nicely into the horror genre. Zombie films have been popular for decades, previously with more of a cult following, starting with their legendary grandfather, George A. Romero. Now, more mainstream, Zombies have found their niche, and hit their stride, with films like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, 28 Weeks Later, and the Resident Evil series.
As for Warm Bodies… yes, I highly recommend this film for those who like a little romance thrown into their thrillers, or like an offbeat take on the typical theme, and thinking outside the box a bit. Zombie purists may have issues with this movie, as the director/writer Jonathan Levine’s spin on the Isaac Marion novel does take some liberties with the typical undead mythology. As I cannot call myself one of those purists, I can easily say that I enjoyed the film, and intend to see it again.
Nicholas Hoult of ‘About a Boy’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’ does a superb job of playing the lead character, a young Zombie, who also narrates the film, giving us a distinct perspective which we rarely see. What if zombies do have thoughts? What if zombies do have feelings? What if zombies longed to be human again? Great questions, to which Warm Bodies provides great answers!
Teresa Palmer plays Julie, the daughter of the leader of the zombie-resistance, Grigio, played by John Malkovich. Both actors do a superb job of making us believe that the world is in seriously bad shape since the zombie outbreak, and that living in a walled city is their only means to survive the attacks of the undead… that is, until one saves Julie’s life.
That’s all I’ll say, for now, but for those new to falling in love with the Zombie genre, be sure to check out ‘Warm Bodies,’ and also look into the novel ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks, the AMC TV show ‘The Walking Dead,’ the video game ‘Call of Duty: World at War & Black Ops,’ and the boardgame ‘Zombicide.’ —