Movie Monday: Warm Bodies

Some spoilers

“I’m lonely, I’m lost. I mean I’m literally lost, I’ve never been in this part of the airport before.”

EDITORIAL NOTE: [07/08/2017] The below article has been imported from a now orphaned blog of mine. 3-4 years ago – early 2014 – I first started blogging and in light of starting this website all articles have been imported in to be reformatted for this website. What you are about to read is the very first article I ever wrote and published on the internet and I was roughly 17 years old – be kind, the prose remains unchanged. Any and all mistakes are the product of teenage me. Enjoy!

This film was recommended to me by a friend, some time back, after she went on a date and pestered me to watch this. She said, and I quote, it was ‘awesome’ and she thought I might enjoy it.

I finally got around to it – a year later. I’m terrible, I know.

Warm Bodies released in 2013 stars Nathan Hoult, as R, and Teresa Palmer, as Julie, who are main characters and subsequent love interests.

The official film summary reads:

A terrible plague has left the planet’s population divided between zombies and humans. An unusual zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) sees his walking-dead brethren attacking a living woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the pair embark on an unusual relationship. As their bond grows and R becomes more and more human, a chain of events unfolds that could transform the entire lifeless world.

It seems to be a new take on the zombie trope. Warm Bodies is a strange movie but in all honesty I am not sure what I expected in the first place. Watch the trailer and you might see what I mean:

Typically we see zombies in cinema depicted as aimless sloth-like, parasitic creatures or as super fast hell hounds – see 28 Days Later. The zombies in Warm bodies stick to the aimless, sloth-like trope yet the movie’s narrator R lends a personality.

Outside of the romance, we, the viewer, learn that the zombies in Warm Bodies have the ability to evolve into something else. R shares his disgust at evolving into a ‘bonie’ – a skeletal zombie with no thought process  and is more zombified, if that is possible, than the others in the movie.

The evolution of zombies, into Bonies, is something I haven’t seen in a movie before. (if you have seen that in a movie or book do let me know in the comments!) Most zombies are turned and remain in that state forever.

Through the angst ridden, self deprecating narration of R we receive an answer to the question of why zombies choose to eat brains. Turns out zombies like to relive life, vicariously, by eating the brains and therefore the memories of their victims.

Gross, yes I agree

Not a fan of the make-up used on the zombies, I’ve seen better at a school disco. The bonies, who are meant to be terrifying – are just bad CGI. The film’s 12A rating probably has a lot to do with this. Warm Bodies doesn’t portray itself as a high budget zombie action movie. The focus of this story is not on the villains – it’s on the romance. Warm Bodies is a new take on a pretty tired genre but is it enough to stand out? I’m not sure.

I’ve included a rating and one word review so that this article is of a similar form to other posts on this website.


One word review: onion

I should probably explain  my one word review; to quote Shrek, an onion has layers and this film tries to have layers. Sometimes layers are a good thing but onions aren’t for everyone and neither is this movie.

Stay Blessed,

Emily x

P.S. It has just occurred to me that this might be a zombie version of Romeo and Juliet. i.e. their names and the balcony scene.

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