A review by Nalini Haynes
Warm Bodies tells R’s (Nicholas Hoult) story: he’s a young adult zombie living in a post-apocalyptic world who falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) because he ate Julie’s ex-boyfriend’s brains, absorbing the boyfriend’s memories and emotions.
Julie, a human, is at risk of zombie bite, so R rescues her. R luuurves her. R keeps her like a pet.
Julie needs food – SHE doesn’t have a stock of human brains in her pocket for food, unlike R.
Julie wants to go home but, surrounded by zombies, it’s dangerous for her to venture out of the aeroplane home R has created.
R starts to change because of FEELINGS.
R’s friends start to change because of FEELINGS.
Boneys (CGI extreme zombies) want to eat humans but apparently are cool with not eating the beating hearts of resurrected zombies.
The advert for Warm Bodies showed a romantic comedy. A comedy is the only way I would consider this premise.
Warm Bodies tried to be a comedy, a serious romance and a horror movie all in one.
PICK ONE, PEOPLE.
Not enough horror to be horror – and that’s from me, who doesn’t like horror movies.
Not enough comedy to keep me interested. After about 30 to 45 minutes I was bored. The best comedic elements were over with and now we were in to this reasonably serious but completely preposterous romance.
Too much horror and comedy to be a romance.
Seriously – a human girl falling in love with a ZOMBIE?
I get the Romeo and Juliet parallels – hell, Warm Bodies even did a balcony scene – but the emotional resonance, the PLOT HOLES, just couldn’t cope.
I’m giving this one 2 ½ stars. Just because it didn’t completely suck, there were a few moments.