Warm Bodies is zombie romance film based off a novel of the same name. For the most part it’s pretty quirky, and has fun with its subject. At its roots it is a Romeo and Juliet theme that is thinly veiled in the plot of a zombie finding love. It’s not the best movie but it’s entertaining and that is what is most important.
A zombie boy named R, played by Nicholas Hoult, narrates as he wanders the airport. He and his friend M, played by Rob Corddry, gather a crew of zombies and go into the city for food. There they find Julie, played by Teresa Palmer. When R eats the brain of Julie’s ex boyfriend Perry, he absorbs his feelings for her and he becomes protective of her. As they spend time together they develop more feelings for one another.
There are several things the movie does really well. For one thing, the soundtrack is really good. In addition, Nicholas Hoult and Rob Corddry do a good job playing their parts. Nicholas is really great at the stilted speech and the far off undead stare. I also enjoy the makeup job on the zombies that were involved. This film has some amusing scenes that made it at least worth a chuckle.
Then we get into the meat of the movie. It is essentially Romeo and Juliet. R is Romeo, M is Mercutio, Perry is Paris, Julie’s best friend dreams of being a nurse, and Julie’s Father hates R. They even share a balcony scene. The Romeo and Juliet theme is definitely not subtle.
Warm Bodies is a very silly movie. It’s not something that a hardcore horror fan or a fan of the zombie genre will really find appealing. The idea of the cure for the zombie apocalypse being love is probably the most sacrine thing I’ve seen in a long time. If you are looking for a different type of romance movie this will be good for you. If you’re just looking for something entertaining, then I’d say it’s worth a rental at the very least.