Warm Bodies should firmly establish zombies as lovable. Yes, you read that right. In the hands of actor Nicholas Hoult, they sure are. Hoult portrays "R," a zombie in a post-apocalyptic world who is a little tired of just dragging his feet around his former city in search of humans to make lunch.
On one excursion searching for brains, he and his zombie BFF "M" (Rob Corddry) find a group of human survivors who have left their safe confines of the walled city where all humans live now. The feast begins, that is until "R" meets Julie (Teresa Palmer). Sparks immediately fly, ironically while he is making dinner out of her boyfriend.
The Warm Bodies trailer only begins to tell the tale that is at its most magical and at its least... utterly adorable. "R" grabs Julie and drags her out of the mayhem and safely back to the empty commercial jetliner at the airport that he calls home. She clearly understands he is trying to save her, it's just for the life of her, she cannot figure out why... or how?
Writer-director Jonathan Levine (50/50) impeccably crafted a script based on the YA novel by Isaac Marion. He captures Marion's world and brings the best of the book to the big screen. There is humor. It is wildly romantic and still firmly sits in the zombie canon that has become its own genre of film.
Everything about Warm Bodies hits all the right notes, not the least of which is the score and the soundtrack. Levine mixes in classic love songs like John Waite's Missing You, Guns and Roses' Patience and hysterically ironic... Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen.
As teased in these Warm Bodies clips, it is clear the film would not work without the sizzling chemistry between its leads. Hoult and Palmer compel in every sense of the word. The audience pulls for their romance to work, even though we know the reality of it succeeding is pure fantasy. Yet, in the hands of those two actors and Levine's direction, it not only is believable, but is one of the great love stories Movie Fanatic has seen in years. Can you believe that?
It is simply one of those movies that has you leaving the theater with your heart beating a little bit faster and mind racing about the joyous gift that is love.