Warm Bodies is a Sweet and Sappy Brain-Eating Zombie Rom Com
This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to go see Warm Bodies. Why? Because it’s a movie that will please even the most hardcore zombie flick fan. But it will also appeal to those who like their movies a little more like something Nicholas Sparks wrote. It’s sweet and sappy and full of brain-eating zombies. That’s right, Warm Bodies has a little something for everyone.
Warm Bodies starts with narration by a young man, who we only know as R (Nicholas Hoult). R has forgotten his name – being a zombie and all – and is just thinking that there has to be more to life than shuffling around the airport, grunting at his best friend M (Rob Corddry) and trying not to lose that last bit of humanity in himself that would turn him into what the thinking zombies (so much as they can think) refer to as Bonies. But then, R meets Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend and his heart starts beating again – literally.
This is the part where you go “Eww….” and then “Awww…”
I went into Warm Bodies expecting more of a dark comedy. What I did not expect was a heartfelt romance that had me near to tears at times because of its’ absolute sweetness. Sure, there could have been funnier moments, but I think the intent of this film was to be a romance. But it’s a cool romance and not one of those lame romance movies with Jennifer Anniston, because well, it has zombies. It’s marketing genius, it is. The relationship that develops between R and Julie feels reel, even though the circumstances of the film are not. I don’t know why, but it works.
Perhaps some of that has to do with the acting of Hoult and Palmer. The two have an undeniable chemistry that is so adorable that you’ll want to be farting kittens mid-film. It also doesn’t hurt that even as a zombie, Hoult is still adorable. His big zombie puppy dog eyes will pull you in and convince you of every word he narrates, even if R’s dialogue is limited to monosyllable words.
As far as special effects go, the Bonies are actually fairly scary. In fact, the very young boy sitting next to me started whimpering every time they appeared on screen. That was, obviously, good enough for me. There’s also some brain-eating that’s both gross and amusing, especially for those of us who are hardcore zombie fans.
So yes, I’ll admit, the sappy ending of the movie had me in tears. I’m a sucker for a good unconventional romance and Warm Bodies has that in droves. And John Malkovich is in it. ‘Nuff said.