Friday, February 8, 2013

Warm Bodies (2013): Review

Tonight I went to see the Zombie Romance, Warm Bodies and I quite enjoyed it.  It was interesting to watch and although it was a zombie movie, it focused on the connections between the characters and what it means to be human.
Warm Bodies, stars Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie who doesn't remember his life before becoming and zombie or even how he became a zombie, but he knows he wants more out of his existence.  He is striving to make connections with others but isn't able to do so, because as a zombie he cannot really articulate his thoughts.  He is going through the motions, but is seeking humanity, which is shown through him collecting nic-nacks and his fondness for music on vinyl.  As he is going about being a zombie, he comes across Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, and finds that instead of wanting to kill her and eat her brains, he is attracted to her and wants to be around her.  He saves her from being killed and convinces her that she has to stay with him, in hopes of forming a connection.  The problem being, the evil, corrected zombies, called the bonies discover the change in him and want to destroy them, and the other zombies discovering that there is live meat around.  As this is going on, Julie discovers the humanity in R and wants to help him as he helped her.
Although the plot of this movie is simplistic, it has enough to keep it going, but the pace is slow.  It seems to pace the movie with the pace of the zombies, who seem to shuffle very slowing when doing anything.  At times, it gets very slow, but not enough to really bug me.  This slowness allows a chance for the main focus to be the interactions between R and Julie, some of which are awkward, while others are sweet.  I don't know how, but I find myself emotionally connecting with R and wanting him to succeed in forming a relationship with Julie.
The movie, starts with R giving a voice over, and this continues throughout the film, but seems to be the way to connect with R and his "inner voice" as it is presented as more his internal dialogue and struggle with not being able to express himself.
Although this movie is not for everyone and was definitely not an award winner, I find that I did enjoy the process of watching it. I have to say that I liked it and think it is worth seeing, but you need to like the quirky to get enjoyment out of it.

My Rating: 2

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