Cinema Spotlight: ‘Warm Bodies’ offers crowd-pleasing romantic twist to zombie craze
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There's a lot to like about the way “Warm Bodies” mashes hopeless romance and adventure into the well-worn territory of zombie movies.
It starts with inner dialogue from a dead guy called ‘R’ who craves a way to connect with others.
One of the film's unique concepts is that zombies absorb other peoples' memories when eating their brains. So, munching on the boyfriend of a beautiful girl named Julie only intensifies R's desire.
Taking a page out from “Shaun of Dead,” R shows Julie how to blend in and survive the hungry hordes. While protecting her, he falls farther in love, and she starts coming around to it. Their bonding has a contagious effect on the entire zombie community.
Alas, they are the post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet dealing with an overprotective parent and an onslaught of more wicked zombies called ‘bonies.’
This is mostly a character-driven movie that doesn't beat you over the head with blood and guts, and it's not meant for hard core horror fans.
The chemistry between British actor Nicholas Hoult and Australian Teresa Palmer leads to several sweet and funny moments.
This is director Jonathan Levine's first film since the cancer comedy “50/50,” and “Warm Bodies” is another crowd pleasing success.
On the YNN scale, “Warm Bodies” earns three Lone Stars out of four. It’s rated PG-13 and is now showing.