By Liz Lopez
Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes a zombie romantic comedy film. Understandably, there might be apprehension about going to see a film with such a premise, but the team behind Warm Bodies does an excellent job of bringing the story to the big screen with some very humorous lines in the script written by Jonathan Levine, based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name. Levine serves as director and the cast does an excellent job of delivering the lines to garner plenty of laughs from the audience. There is a bit of gore initially, but it does not last throughout.
Nicholas Hoult stars as the young zombie who can’t remember his name and goes by the name ‘R’ which is about all he can initially grunt early in the film. When the film starts, the world is in chaos after some type of disaster that is not spelled out. The zombies have their side of the world and the human survivors have barricaded themselves with a huge wall to keep the zombies out. Grigio (John Malkovich) is in charge of the survivors and has a strong willed daughter, Julie (Teresa Palmer) who is willing to go beyond the wall to seek food and supplies along with the volunteers that includes her boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco) and BFF, Nora (Analeigh Tipton).
One of the funniest scenes in the film, or at least the one I found very humorous, is when R is roaming about the lobby with other zombies and makes his way over to the former site of a bar where ‘M’ (Rob Corddry) is sitting and they seem to have a “moment” of connection. Once I saw this scene, I was engaged with the characters and was able to see it with more of an open mind than I had initially going into the theater. Granted there are some scenes that are not laugh out loud, but they are very enjoyable with the combination of great music, including Missing You (John Waite), Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen), Rock You Like a Hurricane (Scorpions), and Oh Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison), among others found in the soundtrack. (http://www.tvmoviesongs.com/movies/warm-bodies-soundtrack).
The cinematography done by Javier Aguirresarobe is excellent of the scenes shot on location in Canada, including those with the visual effects and aerial shots to distinguish the zombie from the human worlds.
For those viewers who are on the fence about it, I highly suggest taking it in as a matinee, but since the film has a combination of comedy, horror and romance; I think it will appeal to many tastes. Few viewers will be disappointed if they pay full price for this film. It is a keeper.