February 24, 2013

WARM BODIES

WARM BODIES

USA, 2013
Director: Jonathan Levine

8/10











Maybe I'm just getting old and sentimental, but omg, I utterly loved "Warm Bodies"! It's one of the coolest, cleverest and most entertaining zom-coms I've ever seen, and the fact that it's almost purely about the power of love breeding life back into the undead, makes it the very first real Rom-Zom-Com ever. Sorry "Shaun" and "Deadheads", but you're not romantic enough :)


Jonathan Levine's ("All the Boys love Mandy Lane") adaptation of Isaac Marion's bestselling novel of the same name, is undoubtedly the first BIG surprise of 2013. Not in my wildest dreams did I expect this to be that good! It's incredibly witty and hilariously funny, heartwarming and strangely touching, tense and thrilling, and stunningly entertaining without ever getting boring.

Nicholas Hoult is fantastic as "human" zombie 'R' who's starving for brains, love and sympathy. I adore the way he walks and looks, and his cool pale make-up makes you completely forget about the atrocious face of that Cullen-boy.
Teresa Palmer delivers a similarly great performance (also, excellent chemistry between her and Hoult), Rob Corddry is simply wonderful as R's best friend 'M', Analeigh Tipton is funny as hell, and John Malkovich is sublime as always.


The movie's technical aspects are all superb: beautiful cinematography (Javier Aguirresarobe, "The Others"), a sparkling score from Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, consisting of enchanting guitars and epic strings, great editing, great special effects - but the true highlight is the outstanding soundtrack: "Patience" - Guns 'N Roses / "Hungry Heart" - Bruce Springsteen / "Missing You" - John Waite / "Rock You like a Hurricane" - Scorpions / "Midnight City" - M83 etc. etc.

The only thing that annoyed me were the skeletal zombies ("Bonies"): I love their 'backstory', but unfortunately, they all look like something out of a videogame, thanks to the rather mediocre CGI.
Apart from that, "Warm Bodies" is a refreshing and really impressing take on the undead-genre, at times so unique, it makes you wanna have more
of that kind ASAP.


Best product placement ever! :D


15 comments:

  1. I loved this movie too and I am in no way lovey dovey. LOL In fact rom coms are movies I often hate, but this one was terrific. Awesome review!

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    1. I daresay, this is the best rom com I've seen in years :)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it. The Bonies are handled very differently in the books!

    I thought it was very sweet

    K :-)

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    1. Yeah, very sweet indeed!

      Curious about the Bonies: how are they in the book?

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  3. I still have to see this! Can't wait now! <3

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  4. Glad you liked it, its one of my biggest surprises so far as well!

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    1. Yeah, didn't expect much, but holy shit, turned out to be amazing!

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  5. We almost went to see it. Guess I will have to make my wife happy with a NetFlix rental when it comes out.

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  6. We don't always agree on movies Maynard old chum, but I do trust your opinion. And if you say this is at least worth a shot, I will see it. I was afraid it would be another Twilight piece of crap, but I guess i I should actually watch it before judging it harshly. ;)

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    1. Forget about Twillight and similar shit... this has nothing to do with the crappiness of Edward and Bella, this is an entirely different thing. Heartwarming and romantic, hilariously funny and clever as fuck. You'll love it! :)

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  7. Oh I've been so excited to see this movie. I very much enjoyed the book as well as 'jbistheinitial' and was so stoked when I saw the trailer. I'm even more excited that there will be a second book. :)

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