Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Jonathan Levine
There is a certain beauty and the beast vibe about this story. R can hardly speak, but his interior monologue is pretty amusing, particularly when it comes to his difficulty talking to and making a good impression on Julie. Overall the film didn't make me laugh out loud, but it has a warm, tongue-in-cheek way of looking at the world of dating.
Julie's father Grigio (John Malkovich) is a hard nut, and he's liable to shoot R on sight because he's a zombie. So he's the last person R wants to meet, but it's also very easy to see his point of view. Grigio just wants to keep his daughter safe from undead, brain-munching hoodlums who can barely string a sentence together.
Then there are the bonies, those zombies who have stripped off their flesh in an act of despair and become completely inhuman. These creatures are separate from the regular zombies, because they seem to have passed a point of no return and become dead to all human emotions. They are far more dangerous than the others, and as events are set in motion they pose a threat to the remaining humans.
Warm Bodies has a very predictable plot, but even though it's obvious it's still an enjoyable journey to take. The main character is very likeable. He's protective without being stalkerish, vulnerable without being wet, and monstrous in an extremely cute way, rather like Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. This is perfect fodder for a date movie. It's simple, sweet and predictable, and, like the name implies, it's designed to leave viewers with a warm glow.
21st July 2013
If you like this, try:Beautiful Creatures by Richard LaGravenese
A young man wants to leave his small town, until Lena arrives and brings magic and madness into his life. An adaptation of the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Beastly by Daniel Barnz
A vain and unpleasant high school student is cursed with ugliness in this modern interpretation on Beauty and the Beast.
Review © Ros Jackson
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