And it could have been really bad. A zombie love story?? Really? Well, yes, and the best part is that it works! Warm Bodies mixes romance, comedy and a bit of action in a refreshing-fun way. Although it borrows from standards in each genre–together it creates a whole new experience–and scores high marks just for its cleverness alone.
My first draw was Jonathan Levine. I loved 50/50 and had to give Warm Bodies the benefit of the doubt, since he adapted the script (based on Isaac Marion’s novel) and was directing it. And I must say, Levine does not disappoint. He takes his time and makes the right choices here. By keeping it light and poking obvious fun at the mythology, he is able to allow you to accept the premise and even start to care for the characters.
It also helps that the cast is perfect. I think a zombie protagonist is a hard sell, but Nicholas Hoult makes it look easy. In the hands of a lesser actor, it could have been stiff or unbelievable–instead he is charming and funny–this guy has talent. Teresa Palmer is less talented (let’s be honest)–yet, she warms up to you and you can’t help but cheer for her and understand her choices. I credit Levine for that. Add the wonderful Rob Corddry (zombie best friend), Analeigh Tipton (human BF) and a restrained (and awesome) John Malkovich and you have a solid cast.
I enjoyed Warm Bodies way more than I expected. It’s light and fluffy–but also creative and unlike any movie other movie out there. Even with the Romeo and Juliet overtones–Levine is able to find a fresh approach to…well…everything. :D Original–fun–unique twist? Hey, that’s better than most. I will take it.
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