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Warm Bodies

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Rated: PG-13

1 hr 37 min

Staff Writer: Alison Nitsche

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Many people, including myself, originally thought Warm Bodies was going to be Twilight remade with zombies; we were wrong!

Warm Bodies did contain some Twilight-esque qualities, but it did so tastefully.  Teresa Palmer (the zombie’s crush) is a bit awkward in that she stutters and occasionally bites her lip like Kristen Stewart. But, Palmer doesn’t go overboard with her quirkiness.  In addition, Nicholas Hoult plays a very convincing zombie going through unexpected changes as he starts to regain his humanity.  I found myself rooting for this undead boy who provides the audience with his internal monologue.  His narration, although it contained contradictions, was funny and didn’t take away from the movie.  In fact, it was cool to hear a zombie’s perspective.

Of course this film does have some cheesiness, but it’s an acceptable amount.  The main thing that irked me was the occasion loophole.  Zombies who could not move faster than a snail’s pace could suddenly run and do parkour-like stunts during an action scene.  But, Warm Bodies isn’t meant to be a serious action flick.

Halfway through my viewing experience I realized that I was watching a modern, sci-fi version of Romeo and Juliet, which was intriguing.  R is a zombie (hmmm, could “R” stand for Romeo?) who falls for his enemy and potential meal, Julie.  There is a feud between humans (the Capulets’) and living corpses (the Montagues’).  And Juliet’s father, oh I mean Julie’s dad played by John Malkovich, is determined to end the fighting by eliminating all the undead, even if that includes someone his daughter likes.  Although Warm Bodies isn’t exactly like Shakespeare’s tragic play, there are some interesting similarities.

What this film did well was contain itself.  It was a hodge-podge of genres, which was okay since the movie didn’t try to be too serious or too outrageously funny.  It’s probably not going to be a classic, must watch movie, but, it is enjoyable and presents unique aspects when it feels like we have seen every possible zombie apocalypse scenario.

8.5

 out of 10

“What’s wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh, right, it’s because I’m dead.”

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