Warm Bodies is a 2013 big screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion. Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton and John Malkovich. Rob Corddry and Dave Franco play small roles. Warm Bodies is a zombie comedy with a new take on zombies. They can come back. Well, some of them can. And by coming back, I mean the zombies can return to being regular living breathing humans. It’s a light-hearted comedy in the vein of Zombieland but with less cool and more romance. That’s not to say it’s not a cool movie but I don’t think it has inspired as many t-shirts as Zombieland. Just to make sure it’s clear, I’d like to state that this is Warm Bodies Movie Review and not a Warm Bodies Book Review.
I enjoyed this movie. The story is a bit silly but it is a comedy and, you know, zombies. So silly is what to expect. It was a new concept for me, listening to what the zombies are thinking about. Mostly zombies just think about eating human flesh and brains so it was refreshing to see that they have much the same concerns as us. You know, wondering where they went wrong and what the future holds. OK, even traditional zombie logic was thrown out the window for this movie. Just watch the following video for more on that. (Or don’t watch it if you are worried about spoilers.
SPOILER ALERT (the spoilers are in the video)!
The fact that it takes 17 minutes to tell you everything that is wrong with Warm Bodies should tell you something but I think it doesn’t really matter. It’s a fun movie with likable characters and funny dialog. The special effects are top notch.
The movie is set 8 years after the start of the zombie apocalypse and our zombie protagonist ‘R’ played by Nicholas Hoult introduces us to his life (dead?/afterlife?). R has a constant craving for human flesh, especially brains, and he is able to feel something through the victims’ memories he experiences when he eats them. R eats the flesh of a living scavenger and then starts to have feelings for one of his lunch’s companions. He helps protect her from other zombies and the romance starts there.
There are two types of zombies. Regular zombies like R and Boneys. Boneys are zombies that have just let themselves go. They are basically skeletons. Hence the name. Despite having almost no muscle mass they are incredibly fast and strong. And really hungry for humans flesh.
If you are looking for a zombie apocalypse story of survival that fits in with most zombie lore, this is not the movie for you but if you want to watch a funny light-hearted comedy that happens to feature zombies then I recommend Warm Bodies.
How to kill the zombies
It’s not so clear but I guess a bullet to the head will do it.
They are called corpses. The corpses call the skeletal zombies boneys.