Have you ever heard of a zombie romantic horror comedy before? It sounds crazy, but it works! The movie I’m referring to, of course, is Warm Bodies, starring the adorable Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. Based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, the story follows young zombie hottie “R” (he can’t remember the rest of his name) who falls in love with a girl named Julie after he eats her boyfriend. Honestly, the perfect start to any romance. This sets in motion a chain of events that could change the world as they know it. Juicy!
While I can’t give you all the details, I can say that it is a great film! First of all, it is funny. This is a film that pokes fun at itself while still being serious enough to make the plot believable. Look out for one scene where they pay homage to the comedy classic film Airplane! (1980). The entire theater could not stop laughing throughout the film but that one little bit was a nice surprise.
Second, the music was phenomenal. The soundtrack features music from The Black Keys, Broken Bells, and the Troggs. I’d never heard of these bands before but fell in love after watching the movie. This seems to be a trademark for Summit Entertainment. I mean, look at the Twilight soundtrack - perfection.
The chemistry between co-stars Hoult and Palmer was undeniable. The weird thing, however, is that Hoult’s character R is dead. So does this mean necrophilia will become a thing? Or do we look at it like kissing a vampire, just a different species? So many questions but it all feels so right!
And did I tell you it was scary? Because it was! Let’s not forget that this is still a zombie film and that means creepy corpses running around. I had to grab my movie buddy a few times. This is not for the faint of heart people!
The thing that surprised me the most was how much heart the film had and the message it left behind. After the film, I felt like hugging a total stranger. When you see the movie, you’ll understand why. It has an excellent cast lineup that includes Dave Franco from 21 Jump Street and the legendary John Malkovich. The point is, it was a great film and it will make you feel so good on the inside. Go see it!
Warm Bodies comes to theaters February 1. Check out the trailer below.