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Saturday, February 2, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: WARM BODIES

WARM BODIES




A tormented zombie (Nicholas Hoult) experiences a profound transformation after entering into an unusual relationship with the daughter (Teresa Palmer) of a military leader charged with eradicating the walking dead. As the unlikely pair build a tenuous bridge between the living and the dead, those on both sides of the battle begin to sense that nothing in their world will ever be the same again. Warm Bodies is based on the novel by Isaac Marion. Rob Corddry and John Malkovich round out the starring cast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Jonathan Levine

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Release Date: Feb 01, 2013

Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language

Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

Genres: Comedy

Review:

Warm Bodies is a simple film which a bit of a statement for a zombie rom-com. Director Jonathan Levine keeps things as simple as possible while giving us a self aware version of Twilight with a much better sense of humor. Its light fare at it’s fluffiest. Its center is an incredibly fun, charming and ultimately engaging performance from Nicholas Hoult. From the moment we hear his internal monologue the audience is sucked into his plight and quest for zombie reinvention. R is pretty much Buddy from Day of the Dead with a romantic heart. Love truly conquers all, even rigor mortis. As mentioned the plot is thread bare and while it’ll keep you grinning throughout you can’t help but think it could have been streamlined or that it’s rather neutered to keep that sacred PG-13 rating. Teresa Palmer is rather bland but serviceable. Rob Corddry and a steady John Malkovich do solid work in limited roles. Warm Bodies is an almost sugary sweet zombie love story, it’s not perfect but who is.

B-

10 comments:

  1. totally agree that palmer is bland and could have been played by anyone. but i really really enjoyed the movie.

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    1. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, such a charming movie!

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  2. A B- isn't too shabby when it comes to romantic comedy!

    It's a pity is came across as watered down to get a PG-13 rating but I'm quite pleased that it is enjoyable.

    We get this next week!

    K :-)

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    1. I'm hoping for an unrated video verison, still a lot of fun, I think you'll like it!

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  3. Gotta see it next week - excited! Reporting back :)

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    1. I really enjoyed it, hope you like it as much!

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this, though I did wish that it would have been a bit darker and more extreme. PG-13 ruins many a good film.

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    1. I'm hoping for a slightly more bloody unrated cut on video but it was still enjoyable!

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  5. The trailer instantly made me think of Twilight, but I am glad that it was not like that. Nicholas Hoult was great in X-Men: First Class though, glad that he has gotten a few bigger roles with this and "Jack the Giant Slayer".

    -James

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    1. It's a weird movie James, it actually is similar to Twilight plot wise but it done well and with a good sense of humor. Never really gave Hoult much notice before but he was really good in this.

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