Release Date: On DVD & Blu-ray, June 4th.
Written by: Joanathan Levine and Issac Marion.
Directed by: Joanathan Levine.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rod Corddry, Analeigh Tipton and John Malkovich.
Here's the thing about Warm Bodies; if you like light-hearted romantic comedies, then you'll probably find this movie to be sweet and enjoyable. Conversely, if you're really into zombie movies, then you'll still find this one sweet and enjoyable, but a bit unsatisfying.
Jonathan Levine has built himself quite an impressive body of work over the course of his young directorial career. We love his first film, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and to this day we still can't comprehend why it's been on the shelf for the better part of seven years, just gathering dust. We found his 50/50 to be a sentimental and funny little gem, and we were even able to tolerate having to watch Josh Peck try and act for 90 minutes while watching The Wackness. The guy has a nice feel to his work, and his particular mojo is well at work in Warm Bodies as well.
Warm Bodies is the story of a post Zombie Apocalypse world in which the undead can actually think and even sort of talk (though it's mostly through grunts and moans, at least externally.) For them, eating the brains of the living is nasty business, but their hunger is too intense to resist... not to mention that eating brains allows them to experience their victim's most cherished memories, thus making them feel alive again. Nice twist.
|Even in the afterlife, teenage boys still mope around pining away for girls they can never have.|
|"You can, like, still get a boner and stuff, right?"|
Nicholas Hoult turns in a fun little performance as R, the lovelorn Emo zombie who wants nothing more than to be normal again, so that he can bone the hot chick in the movie. Teresa Palmer is great as the hot chick whom he wants to bone. Everyone here does a solid job with the material they're given, which at times feels a bit run of the mill. We enjoyed the movie, we just have a feeling that we're just a tad outside of its core demographic is all.
|Even in death, a teenage boy's main goal in life is to get his hands on some boobs.|
As pedestrian and safe as Warm Bodies is as a zombie flick, we have an odd feeling that it will be a much better one than will the upcoming World War Z. Mark our words; World War Z will not be as good as this Zom-Com. Yeah, we just went there.
Teresa Palmer and Analeigh Tipton are hot enough to cause any zombie's heart to start beating once again. True story. It happened in the movie.