In the midst of the first quarter film releases stands a gem of a film that is endearing and romantic...and includes zombies.
Warm Bodies is your basic teenage love story. Zombie boy meets girl, and spends the length of the film wooing her despite the odds. The odds are high, considering what we know about the zombie-human relationship dynamic. I was curious about this movie because the process of how a zombie might turn back into a human is really undiscovered country.
We don't know why our zombie hero R (Nicholas Hoult) became the way he is, or why he begins to change. He has a running dialogue in his head and seems to know that he needs to eat brains, but seems to yearn for something better. He hasn't given up completly on his humanity like the scarier and creepier Bonies (zombies that have lost all humanity?) who seem to be the bullies of the zombie population.
In this zombie scenario, zombies who eat human brains somehow gain the memories of their victims. How Highlander of them! On one brain eating mission, R encounters Julie (Teresa Palmer) and eats the brains of Julie's boyfriend. Seeing the beauty that Julie's former boyfriend saw, R falls into love with Julie in true Romeo & Juliet style.
Feuding families. Balcony scenes. Forbidden love. It's all there, but not only do you see the genesis of blossoming love, there is a sweet message about healing humanity.
The plot takes it's time to develop, but it fits situationally and I felt like I spent a worthwhile 90 minutes with this one.
Credit goes to Comedian Rob Corddry who play's R's best zombie friend M. It was more of a dramatic role for him, but he ate it up...like so many human brains.