Hey there SWRNN readers, here’s my review for one of the most original romantic comedies I have seen — “Warm Bodies.”
This film is based off of the popular novel by Isaac Marion and centers on a young zombie named R who falls for a human named Julie.
As their relationship starts to develop, so do the intentions of other not-so-friendly humans and zombies. The film is directed by “50/50’s” Jonathan Levine and stars Nicholas Hoult as R, Teresa Palmer as Julie, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Cory Hardrict and John Malkovich.
I’ll just cut to the chase – “Warm Bodies” is the first good movie of 2013.
The acting in “Warm Bodies” was very good, with newcomer Nicholas Hoult giving a fantastic leading performance. I’d say the standout performance would be Rob Corddry’s, who delivers his classic dry humor to perfection. The rest of the performances were very good as well.
The action in this movie is surprisingly satisfying for a considerably low budget PG-13 zombie flick. It’s no “Dawn of the Dead,” but like I said, for a PG-13 rating, it’s pretty solid.
The script in this movie was also great. Levine does a great job here, displaying some of the sharpest and funniest lines in recent memory. The movie isn’t deep by any means, but it sure is fun.
Now despite all the positives, I have one very big problem with this film – it’s the definition of style-over-substance. While the movie isn’t supposed to be very deep and thought-provoking, it’s still lacking in the some basic storytelling elements.
For example, the supporting characters aren’t richly developed, the plot isn’t too involved and, at times, I just didn’t care too much about what was going on.
As someone who has read the book and thinks fairly highly of it, the movie wasn’t nearly as compelling. I know this is expected in book-to-movie adaptations, but it still bothered me.
Despite these flaws, I give “Warm Bodies” a 3.5 out of 5. If you like stylistic romantic comedies set against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse, you’ll love this one.
Adam Rolseth is a local teen movie review and regular guest contributor to SWRNN.