Do you believe in love at first sight? Many may have their doubts, but if you ask our zombie pal R (Nicholas Hoult) what he thinks of Julie (Teresa Palmer), he would tell you she is more than his next meal. Warm Bodies brings audiences a new take on the zombie apocalypse with a quirky, romantic comedy sensibility. Oh and John Malkovich is in this movie too!
When I first heard the premise of Warm Bodies, my eyes rolled so far back into my head that I was able to see my cerebral cortex. My doubts have quickly faded away after watching the trailer. In all honesty, the more I watch it, the greater my anticipation grows. I just hope that it can deliver on what it is promising. Warm Bodies, by far, looks better than the World War Z trailer recently released.
Read the synopsis via the official Warm Bodies Facebook page:
After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
The premise has a lot of elements you would find from a Stephanie Meyer book, but in my mind, I find Warm Bodies to be the anti-Twilight. Aside from the undead falling in love with a fleshie, in my mind, Warm Bodies gives a bigger picture to what it means to be alive and looks deeper into the power of human connections. Watch the trailer below:
The trailer gives great laughs and provides a clear picture of what Warm Bodies is about, but I’m afraid it gives away too much. Assuming it has, we see a lot of the conflict through many points of the film and I hope there is more to it than what we are given in the trailer. I’m sure it will be entertaining regardless.
I can’t really point any fingers as to how this zom-rom-com relates to other movies, so it earns points for that. Warm Bodies feels strangely different and I’m uncomfortable to be so positive about it. This film has been adapted from Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, which is in some ways a twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet story.
Nicholas Hoult has been in some fantastic movies. From X-Men: First Class to A Single Man, Hoult has proven he has fantastic range. Teresa Palmer, on the other hand, hasn’t had much luck nabbing definitive roles in her career, but she has always done a good job with what she has been given. I hope Warm Bodies will bring her out in the forefront among the actresses her age.
The best part about this movie is the director, Johnathan Levine, who has helmed such films as The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and my favorite movie of 2011, 50/50. Levine has a keen eye for directing young talent and should be able to add another notch on his belt with Warm Bodies.
I nabbed a number of screenshots from the Warm Bodies trailer, please enjoy:
Warm Bodies was originally slated for this past summer but is set to release February 1, 2013.