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Warm Bodies

February 7, 2013

Warm Bodies movie poster

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When I started reading about Warm Bodies I was justifiably skeptical. A zombie falling in love with an attractive blond? The gimic felt like an attempt to capitalize on zombie lovers and tween audiences who devour undead supernatural romances. The skepticism disappearedwhen I saw the preview and liked how it incorporated humor, great music and a cheeky sense of humor. Director Jonathan Levine has created a funny, warm and engaging film about love and zombies that is a box office hit ($20 million opening weekend) and critical darling (77% Rotten Tomatoes).

Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer movie poster

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When you walk out of Warm Bodies you will have a smile on your face and an appreciation of what the film pulled off. It juggled talking zombies, odd love, violent skeletons and Shakespearean (read John’s review) tragedy themes with comedic gusto. Most importantly you won’t be asking a plethora of questions. For instance, wouldn’t he smell? What happens to the bullet wounds? Why are the skeletons so angry? How did they find such perfect hoodies? The oddities of the film are not dwelled upon because when a movie is likable you can roll with it and ignore the inconsistencies that could weigh it down. They director knew he was telling a zombie love story and didn’t worry about how the main character was able to get electricity to his airplane.

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Nicholas Hoult does a fine job as the zombified R. He has an interesting inner narration and a scene stealing best friend played by Rob Corddry. R meets Teresa Palmer’s character during a skirmish where he eats her boyfriend’s brains.While R is getting some brain food and receiving the dead man’s memories Palmer dives around a corner with a shotgun and kills several zombies in glorified slow motion He instantly falls in love and saves her from his flesh eating pals. He takes her to his airplane home and the two bond over music, corona and driving/crashing BMWs.

Warm Bodies Nicholas Hoult

The rest of the film involves violent skeletons, John Malkovich being John Malkovich and several scene stealing moments for Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love).

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The script does have a paint by numbers feel (meet cute, bond, separate, reunite) but you will like the finished product the numbers lead to.  Warm Bodies creates an unfamiliar story to a familiar trope. You  become invested in the characters and genuinely care for their well being. The film was a gamble that paid off and I always appreciate that.  

Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer Polaroids

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Watch Warm Bodies. Appreciate the zombie love story. Check out the playlist.

“Sitting In Limbo” – Jimmy Cliff
“Missing You” – John Waite
“The Bad In Each Other” – Feist
“Be The Song” – Foy Vance
“Patience” – Guns ‘N Roses
“Shell Suite” – Chad Valley
“Hungry Heart” – Bruce Springsteen
“Shelter From The Storm” – Bob Dylan
“Hinnom, TX” – Bon Iver
“Yamaha” – Delta Spirit
“Rock You Like A Hurricane” – Scorpions
“Oh Pretty Woman” – Roy Orbison
“Midnight City” – M83
“Runaway” – The National
“Numbers Don’t Lie” – The Mynabirds

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2013 7:13 pm

    I love paint by numbers! How about you?

  2. johnleavengood permalink
    February 13, 2013 7:21 am

    Thanks for posting that playlist. GREAT music choices on the director’s part.

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