Warm Bodies

When I first heard of Warm Bodies, it just seemed like another trivial horror flick that didn’t interest me. Eventually, I saw that it received a 78% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so I decided to take it upon myself and watch the trailer. Though the trailer seemed indifferent and slightly predictable, I grew much more interested in the movie than I had before. Seeing it tonight, I had some doubts, but coming out of the movie theater, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. Warm Bodies is not your typical horror rom-com, which is a good thing in this case, since most movies in this category don’t live up to their undead protagonists. Warm Bodies is a delightfully fresh and unique take on young love and human connection, as well as an interestingly and unexpectedly (somewhat) modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Although it can be much more quirky with its unique premise, Warm Bodies contains a lot of emotional depth, sweet moments, hilarious one-liners, and acceptable thrills. Taken place in a post-apocalyptic world with both zombies and humans living separately, a young, lonely undead corpse named R (Nicholas Hoult) discovers that life has meaning when he encounters an attractive, badass girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). Although their relationship starts out awkward and quite creepy, the audience ultimately falls in love with the two opposites, as R’s love-strickeness melds him into becoming more human. The other zombies begin to also morph into quasi-humans, when they start to love as well. With a unusually-put yet engaging cast (John Malkovich, “Red,” Rob Corddry, “Hot Tub Time Machine,” Dave Franco, “21 Jump Street,” Analeigh Tipton, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”), Warm Bodies proves to be a watchable and insightful film, as well as a thrilling/humorous zombie flick. Watch the trailer here.

Grade: B+
Recommended: Yes