When I first saw the trailer for Warm Bodies, it didn’t thrill me. I didn’t get the “zombie version of Twilight” vibe like most people did but I also wasn’t sold on the idea of a “Romeo and Juliet” zombie love story.
Even though I had mixed feelings about the trailer, I wanted to give Warm Bodies a fair chance. I admire the director Jonathan Levine for his other films like 50/50, The Wackiness and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane so I thought Warm Bodies would be on par. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with throwing John Malkovich into any movie.
And now with all of that said I’m sad that Warm Bodies just didn’t do it for me.
The movie takes place years into the zombie apocalypse where the world is left in ruins as zombies overrule the population. The main focus is on a zombie called “R” whom contemplates the afterlife that he is living. The whole movie takes on his inner perspective on being a corpse and the sadness he endures with being a zombie.
When “R” and his crew grow hungry, they roam the city looking for anyone to eat. While on their trek, they run into a group of young folk looking for medical supplies. One girl out of the group catches “R’s” eye and he is instantly drawn to her. In the moment of fighting, gun fire and survival on both ends, “R” takes the girl, Julie, into safety.
“R” shows Julie that he’s not a bad zombie and he’s willing to do whatever he can to protect her. The two form a special bond and their relationship is the beginning of a possible cure for the zombie outbreak.
I like zombie movies. I also like unconventional love stories if it’s done right. These two combinations did not pull together a strong story in Warm Bodies.
A lot of moments were funny but then others were painfully cheesy. It was hard for me to connect with anything going on with the two characters involved. I felt like some things were put there to be funny but it didn’t work at other times. Some zombies moved slowly, while others were quicker and ran. This is only one of many things that didn’t make much sense to me.
The things I did like about this movie were the cast and the soundtrack.
Again, John Malkovich is stellar and he did not disappoint in the role of Julie’s overbearing and overprotective father. Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, Children’s Hospital) became a great comic relief as “R’s” best friend. He easily became my favorite character in the movie.
I really wanted to like Warm Bodies but in the end, I couldn’t make it happen. Maybe it’s because I can’t believe that “love cures all” especially when it comes to changing zombies into humans again. Sorry, I wasn’t buying it.
Warm Bodies hits theaters February 1st.