Guest Author - Mystic Ransdell
Directed By: Jonathon Levine
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Run Time: 98 minutes
Based on the book by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies is a delightful romantic comedy about the healing power of love, even after death.
R (Nicholas Hoult) is a just your average dead guy walking around in a world full of zombies. He lives in, er, inhabits an abandoned airport and most of the time, they just kind of shuffle along, looking at each other, unable to talk. He and his best friend, M, like to sit at the airport bar grunting to each other, and in his free time, R enjoys hanging out in an old jet, collecting stuff and listening to tunes.
Through internal dialogue, R gives us a nice glimpse into his world and what he thinks of it. Probably the biggest bummer, aside from his inability to remember much of anything about his former life, is knowing that eventually, all the zombies end up turning into these mean skeleton figures referred to as "boners". The boners really are truly terrifying. Hungry for human flesh, they are fast and mean and relentless - zombies who have given up all semblance of being human.
The humans that are left have blockcaded themselves behind a large wall and they are doing their best to survive, but it isn't looking good for them. Between the zombies and the boners, the humans are seriously outnumbered. Their leader is Grigio (John Malkovich) a man who is doing his best to survive but after losing his wife (and other loved ones) to the zombies, he has become pretty cut off from emotional relationships.
Julie (Teresa Palmer) is Grigio's daughter and she and a group of her compatriots, including her love interest Perry (Dave Franco) head out for supplies, armed against the zombies. Unfortunately, they meet up with R and his zombie companions, out in search of food. In the battle that ensues, the humans don't fair so well and several of them die. R kills Perry, and while eating his brain, he takes on Perry's memories, including his love for Julie.
Something strange happens to R when he sees Julie for the first time. She has an effect on him like no other, and suddenly, his long dead heart BEATS. Instead of killing her, he saves her, smearing her with "dead matter" to hide her living smell and smuggling her back to the airport with him, "to keep her safe." They spend several days together and it transforms them both - and then, it begins a transformation far beyond themselves.
I really enjoyed this movie. It is quite funny, often in a rather dry and tongue-in-cheek way I enjoyed a lot. While not at all scary, there are moments that provide enough tension to remind you that you really are watching a zombie movie.
I found myself wishing, at times, that we knew more back story about some of the characters, but that was a minor issue for the most part. Mostly, this was just a delightful, humorous, and touching love story that was quite unique in form. I believe that Warm Bodies will soon become a permanent part of my personal DVD collection because I know I will want to see it again.
If you're looking for a good date night movie, especially around Halloween, Warm Bodies is a great choice!
(I was not paid to endorse this movie in any way. I rented the DVD through Netflix, a movie rental service I subscribe to. My opinions and thoughts about it are my own.)