Movie review: Warm bodies

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gravierYou are in the dark theatre and the  screen begins to fill with the side of  someone’s face. Dialogue begins, “What  am I doing with my life?” The dialogue  continues in a sort of monotone but  engaging tone. We see a close up of a  big blue eye, and really white skin. The  dialogue continues in the voice of the  person we see on screen. His eyes shift  and he talks about getting out more and  having better posture. People would  respect him more if he had better  posture. He asks himself, “Why can’t  I connect with people?” The camera  zooms out and we see him walking, or  rather, trudging along in an airport.  “Oh right, I’m dead.” The dialogue  continues, and the watcher can’t help  but chuckle.

This is the opening to perhaps one  of the best movies I have seen, Warm  Bodies. It is a romantic tale of a zombie  falling in love with a living girl, a new  twist on the zombie apocalypse. We  have Nicholas Hoult cast as R (the  main character, or zombie) and Teresa  Palmer as Julie, the living girl. The film  was based on Isaac Marion’s novel by  the same name.

What I really like about the film  was the way it explores humanity. What  exactly makes us human? We have R, a  zombie who wants so much to be alive  again, to connect with other people.  He has this conscience, even though  society has deemed him and all other  zombies as mere ‘corpses’, incapable of  thinking for themselves. He hungers for  human flesh, but every time he feeds,  he knows what he’s doing is wrong. One  day, he and a pack of other zombies  find some humans; among this group is  Julie, whom R is attracted to.

Another aspect of the movie I  enjoyed was the romantic twist and  Shakespearean influences in the plot.  A zombie being friends with a human  is not exactly the status quo. In the  Walking Dead, it tends to be either you  blast the head off the zombie or they  get to eat you. In Shaun of the Dead,  it is pretty much the same shindig. In Warm Bodies, R saves Julie and keeps  her alive. That is the complete reverse  of how zombies are supposed to be. R is  caring and thinks and wants to be alive.  That is not your run of the mill living  dead.

As for Shakespeare being present,  we can start with the whole starcrossed  lovers bit. R and Julie live in the  post-apocalyptic society where survival  means humans kill zombies. Humans  do not love zombies. Zombies do not  care about humans. Yet here we have  a zombie and a living girl in quite the  unfortunate predicament of liking each  other but having society shun their  being together. Then we have a balcony  scene. This was the point where I  finally realized that R was Romeo and  Julie was Juliet. Insert ‘I see what you  did there’ meme.

All in all, Warm Bodies was a  fantastic movie. You will be left with  a severe case of the feels and perhaps  not be able to deal with how amazing  the film you just witnessed was. It is  comedic, romantic, and had zombies. I  give the movie a five out of five, simply  because I’m still trying to comprehend  the beauty of what I beheld in the  theatre.

In : Variety

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