Josh Wilding Reviews: WARM BODIES

Directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich, Warm Bodies sets out to tell a funny new twist on a classic love story; what happens when a zombie falls for a normal girl? Hit the jump for my spoiler-free verdict!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/17/2013

The Walking Dead is proof that there's still plenty of "life" left in the zombie genre, but Warm Bodies makes it feel fresher than ever before. Writer and director Jonathan Levine (who was also responsible for the superb 50/50) takes the many tired tropes of zombie movies and manages to put an extremely interesting spin on them. Take for example the Boney's; exactly how these skeletal monstrosities come to be is a unique idea and just seeing things from the point of view of the undead is in itself particularly refreshing. However, the problem with making the zombies such a central focus of the movie is the need to then humanise them somewhat. Although this later becomes a pivotal plot point which does work brilliantly, seeing R (Nicholas Hoult) playing records and collecting knick-knack's before that happens may just pull you out of the world created for the film. It's just so very unexpected and different. Additionally, while the backdrop is certainly unique, the romantic elements of the film also aren't really all that original.

What really makes Warm Bodies work is its two fantastic leads. As the story progresses, it falls to Hoult to make R more and more human. Simultaneously, he must also make a zombie (who barely utters more than a few words) a relateable and likeable presence onscreen. The effective use of a voiceover proves to be a big help in this department, as does the fact that he's a charming and talented actor who does a great job here. Teresa Palmer (Julie) is equally as good and it's not hard to see why R falls so head over heels for her, even if part of that does have something to do with the clever plot twist of what happens when a zombie consumes someone's brains. Rob Corddry (M) is hilarious and the cast is nicely fleshed out with the likes of John Malkovich, Dave Franco and Analeigh Tipton. It would have been nice to see the latter two given slightly bigger roles however. With a great soundtrack, only a few hiccups in the VFX department and some inspired story decisions, Warm Bodies also benefits from an unexpected ending which emphasises the uniqueness of this clever film.

Warm Bodies may not fully satisfy those hoping for a full-on zombie horror or romantic comedy, but as a mash-up, it works almost perfectly. It's a movie with a lot of braaaains!





2013 Reviews So Far...

The Last Stand (3/5)
Bullet To The Head (1/5)
Wreck-It Ralph (4/5)
A Good Day To Die Hard (2/5)







A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.


STARRING:

Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
Nicholas Hoult as R
Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
John Malkovich as General Grigio
Analeigh Tipton as Nora
Cory Hardrict as Kevin
Rob Corddry as M
Patrick Sabongui as Hunting Zombie
Justin Bradley as Unknown
Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol

RELEASE DATE:

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TheSonicScrew - 2/17/2013, 1:40 PM
"the romantic elements of the film also aren't really all that original. "

To be fair to that aspect of the film, they're not supposed to be...I mean the whole love story is kind of specifically referencing that well-known Shakespeare piece (the balcony scene? R & Juliet?)

Other than that, solid review. Really really enjoyed this film, glad it lived up to my expectations.
HellsHammer - 2/17/2013, 1:51 PM
Slow news day
Rhino4508 - 2/17/2013, 1:52 PM
@TheSonicScrew

Well said.

@Josh Wilding

Great review. My girlfriend and I loved this film. Very original, great acting, and the flow of the movie was perfection. Never saw a part of the movie I didn't like.
thorhulk77 - 2/17/2013, 1:53 PM
I loved this movie. Truly great.
marvel72 - 2/17/2013, 1:59 PM
nothing about this interests me,i watched the trailer & i wished i hadn't bothered.
Jollem - 2/17/2013, 2:00 PM
i'm surprised at the lack of vague statments :)
DaddyTuesday - 2/17/2013, 2:05 PM
Isn't this just more bollocks from the makers of twilight? Pass.
Mmasoldier - 2/17/2013, 2:07 PM
Zombie twilight chic flick! zero stars!!
xRelentlessx - 2/17/2013, 2:17 PM
It's not. ^
ScabbyJ - 2/17/2013, 2:22 PM
I thought the camera work was great, the soundtrack was fun, but that's it. The make up was bad. I'm convinced the actual cure was in fact a bottle of lotion and clothes washer. The make up was so bad. Some scenes the zombies just looked like really bored extras.
Rhino4508 - 2/17/2013, 2:28 PM
@ATastyBurger

Nothing like Twilight in the least... Nor was Amazing Spider-Man. People like you irritate the piss out of me, and this is why... SPIDER-MAN WAS A MOTHER FRICKING TEENAGER WHO WENT THROUGH MOTHER FRICKING TEENAGE DRAMA MUCH LIKE PRESENTED IN THE FILM LONG BEFORE TWILIGHT WAS EVEN THOUGHT OF!!!!!!

Next thing you know this guy will be saying Raimi's crybaby Parker was the best portrayal of Spider-Man he's ever seen. This world's hopeless.
OrgasmicPotatoe - 2/17/2013, 2:31 PM
This fick has got no credibility at all. A poor attempt to cash-in on Twilight.

I hope they get Woody Harrelson in the sequel. Have him wipe 'em all out à la Zombieland ending. Now i'll watch it !
OrgasmicPotatoe - 2/17/2013, 2:34 PM
Rhino4508 Put your pants back on, ATastyBurger was actually mocking people who think like this.
Rhino4508 - 2/17/2013, 2:42 PM
Oh.... Well then..........







@Mmasoldier

What ATastyBurger said.... added to that the rage of what I stated torwards him...



Carl - 2/17/2013, 3:11 PM
shit movie.
TheSonicScrew - 2/17/2013, 3:21 PM
Anyone with the serious opinion of "ugh it's just Twilight" needs to just watch the trailer. It completely takes the piss out of itself (I mean come on, it knows it's a [frick]ing zombie love story) and trust me, THE WHOLE FILM IS LIKE THAT.

Really tongue-in-cheek but with heart too...miles above twilight. And a good few CBMs too...
Bandrews1 - 2/17/2013, 3:40 PM
I keep hearing good things about this and I still haven't found time to go see it.
GetsugaTensho22 - 2/17/2013, 3:45 PM
I don't get it.
There's a [frick]ing review up the details the pros and cons of the movie, but some guys come in here and say that it LOOKED like they shouldn't have bothered with the trailer?
Do you guys even read the [frick]ing article or do you just read the title and decide what comment you want to post? Retards.
PsyGuy - 2/17/2013, 4:32 PM
Finally the review it deserves, not that other crappy one that was on this site.
marvel72 - 2/17/2013, 4:44 PM
@ GetsugaTensho22

i watched the trailer the film looks shit,,so i'm not interested in the movie.

do you understand retard?
HellsHammer - 2/17/2013, 5:37 PM
Agreed with Marvel72. Absolutely no interest in this. Looks mediocre at best and absolute dog shit at worst.
patriautism - 2/17/2013, 6:56 PM
This is EXACTlY like Twilight!!
By exactly I mean the fact that is a love story with a monster, and based on a book.. Other than that it is [frick]ing NOTHING like Twilight.. I mean come on guys? This is actually an awesome, funny movie, but because it has a love story you won't even give it a chance?
I mean I know we comic lovers are the biggest of playboys, but you cant go blocking off everything with romance just because you aren't getting a little.
tkiv18 - 2/17/2013, 7:14 PM
^^^The original indy is probably better too...
patriautism - 2/17/2013, 7:23 PM
Actually its based off a extremely good book, not anything else.. It pretty much follows that book quite closely. And to those of you saying it is overdone, tell me how many Zombie movies have you seen lately, or ever that the protagonist is a zombie? That's what I thought..
Carl - 2/17/2013, 7:53 PM
you dont have to defend your lifestyle choice to anyone patriautism
Rhino4508 - 2/17/2013, 9:06 PM
@marvel72

Actually a really good film man. Should give it a try.
Rhino4508 - 2/17/2013, 9:10 PM
@ATastyBurger



TheSuperguy - 2/19/2013, 6:19 PM
This movie looks like crap. As with the other movie reviews, this is what I would rate them:
Wreck-It Ralph: Haven't seen it yet
A Good Day to Die Hard: Haven't seen it yet, but the only Die Hard movie I liked was the first one.
The Last Stand: (2.5/5)
Bullet to the Head: (1.5/5)

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