Unfortunately I never managed to get in reading Isaac Marion’s novel, however the film has definitely made me want to read it. I can imagine it to be a very quirky read and I can’t wait to get around to it, now I have my hands on it.
Warm Bodies is definitely a film I recommend, if not for it’s originality and star cast, but the one liners that were rather brilliant! Nicholas Hoult who plays R is a terrific actor, he really perfects the art of being a zombie. On one of his interviews, he actually said that he didn’t think zombies would blink, so therefore for the whole film his director suggested he do just that. And no joke, the guy does a darn good job. He doesn’t blink unless he shuts his eyes. It’s rather unnerving, but just a tribute to his brilliant acting! Many of you may be familiar with Nicholas Hoult as the child star from About A Boy but he’s come a long way since then.
I loved his narration since as a zombie, he can’t talk so most of the true narrative comes from his over voice that really punctuated the humour and attitude of his character.
Over the whole film R grew on me and I was shouting for the guy. His zombie run was pretty darn funny. My friends and I actually re-enacted our own zombie run as a laugh because we are utterly crazy like that. The picture above shows the kind of humour that R brings into Warm Zombies giving it a very dry tone, but really comical and cheesy. It’s lot of good fun and some of the movie posters show the lines. A few of my favourites are below.
Hoult’s co-star, Teresa Palmer was a really good actress too. She looks really like Kristen Stewart actually, but it’s safe to say she is a much better actress and she can do more than one emotion. Here she’s attempting to mimic zombie motions and R is telling her off for overdoing it. They build up an affectionate repertoire between the two and their little friendship blossomed and really won me over. I have to say, Teresa Palmer really worked the angle well as mixed emotions to a zombie kidnapping you.
The other main guy of the show is John Malkovich. I remember him most clearly from What Happens in Vegas one of my favourite rom-coms and he plays up his role as R’s only zombie friend well in Warm Bodies. I think he’s a hilarious guy and his attitude and humour that he brought along with R had me laughing and smiling. He also managed to show that he can be a serious guy when he needs to be because there was a particularly touching moment when he notices R and Julie holding hands and it’s so cute!
My one regret is not reading the novel before I went to see the film since I’m getting pretty lapse with that. I know there are a few things that are different between the film and movie such as zombie camps not quite being the same, but overall I think Warm Bodies is a film that can be equally enjoyed without reading the book and I’m looking forward to that experience to see what has changed.
The villains of the film the bones were pretty grim creatures, but not so terrifying that this film became a horror. However I tell you, fast moving skeletons will never be seen quite the same in my eyes again! Not that you tend to see them casually strolling down the street every day…
Warm Bodies is a solid, fun and loveable film that wormed it’s way into my heart and something I would definitely watch again. It’s light-hearted and something that I definitely needed to cheer me up. I recommend the movie without reserve and cannot wait to check out the book after Aa’Ishah’s awesome review here and a comparison of book and movie at Alisa Selene’s Picture Me Reading here.