Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Warm Bodies


For a movie to still feel fresh is quite an achievement in the year 2013. And better yet, if it's a film on a topic that has been thrown around more than a hackey-sack at a hippy music festival. Introducing Warm Bodies, a romantic dark comedy about a zombie that falls in love with a human. If you think about it, it's not really that different to the Frankenstein or Beauty and the Beast concept, but what sets Warm bodies apart is its plaguing sense of dark wit.

Warm Bodies is totally aware of the stereotypes and preconceptions that exists within the zombie movie sub-genre. In fact, the protagonist proclaims from the very first few moments that this particular zombie film is not going to tie itself down with the nitty-gritty regarding where and when people started eating each other. Rather, Warm bodies just needs you to know that there are zombies and that they have been ostracized by their living counterparts, that's it.It rather spends it time to poke fun at its own genre, mocking the way zombies are portrayed on screen in a variety of ways for comedic effect.

There is however one zombie brethren that doesn't seem to blend in as well, due mainly to his dislike of the everyday monotony of zombie life.Yearning for more than an endless supply of delicious brain omelette, zombie Nicolas Hoult (Skins, The boy, X-Men) discovers by chance that that he has an odd fascination with a living girl. What follows is a weirdly romantic and sincere love development between this unlikely pairing.

Hoult's interactions with his new found friend are surprisingly familiar, thanks to it cleverly resembling that of a shy, insecure teenager, chatting with a girl he likes very much .It's an unorthodox simile for real life, but it's because of this comfortable familiarity that most film goers will be able to effortlessly connect with the film's characters.

"It's an unorthodox simile for real life, but it's because of this comfortable familiarity that most film goers will be able to effortlessly connect with the film's characters."

This is not an award winner by a long shot folks, but it does still make for the perfect Friday afternoon popcorn flick with a group of hipster friends or better yet, a chick you badly want to get 'jiggy' with. Not to be missed if you appreciate a fresh approach to an old Hollywood concept.

Don't look so gloom... You've got like 5 films scheduled for release this year, Hoult.