Holy crap i haven’t updated in 3 months! Within that time period i still watch awesome movies though, i ditched my effort to write about The Impossible (Lo Imposible, 2012), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), and Skyfall (2012). I just saw Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained in the last fortnight, but only after watching Warm Bodies yesterday, i got to write again. Lo and behold! I actually finished it this time :D
“What am I doing with my life? I’m so pale. I should get out more. I should eat better. My posture’s horrible. I should stand up straighter. People would respect me more if I stood up straighter. What’s wrong with me? I just want to connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh, right, it’s cause I’m dead” ―R, Warm Bodies.
After the succes of Harry Potter and (ugh) Twilight franchise, seems like adaptation from Young Adult books become more and more a trend of the film industry in the last 5 years, sadly not all seems promising, i mean we do get the good ones like The Hunger Games but there’s also the craptastic one which i dont think i’d name. As far as i know there are quite a lot of adaptation coming to us this year. Warm Bodies is an adaptation based on a book of the same name by Isaac Marion, a relatively new and upcoming writer. Among the various adaptation about paranormal romance shared amongst human and the supposedly sexy vampire and/or werewolves, Warm Bodies tells a story about a zombie in love. Zombies are definitely not conjuring a sexy image in my head, usually portrayed heartless and enraged in movies such as Zombieland (2009), Resident Evil franchise, 28 Days Later (2002), or the addictive game Plantz vs Zombies. Let alone having a zombie in love is such an absurd concept that at first i have a hard time to wrap my head around that thought.
Here in Warm Bodies we meet ‘R’, a zombie who already forget about his alive life, even his own name. Along the entire course of the movie we get to know his thoughts through his fascinating inner monologue, because, well zombies don’t really talk, just grunts and growls mostly. One day, R and his undead friends were looking for food when they met a group of the living, uninfected humans. Which leads him to meet Julie, who he took under his protection back to the quarter’s of the undead. While the both of them shared a sparks and enjoy each others’ company their difference remains like a hypothetical elephant in the room. Can love really conquers all? Even challenged the vast difference of the undead and the living?
I unexpectedly fall in love with this movie, and can shamelessly say thay zombies are the new sexy! XD (maybe it was just Hoult). The script and initial premise is quite interesting, especially since you’re in R point of view all the time. R brilliantly portrayed by the tall, lanky glory that is Nicholas Hoult, grunts, snarl, and spoke very little, very broken words of english to communicate with his friend M (Rob Coddry) and even to his hearthrob girl Julie (Teresa Palmer). Through his inner dialogue coming from the brilliant script, we get to know the real voice of R in the form of voiceover throughout the movie. We become familiar with his habbit and deadstyle as a zombie, how he collects and stay in an abandoned aircraft. He can be the poster boy of any misfit, awkward boy hero in nowadays coming-of-age YA fictions, only dead and eat brains for his living.
Both the lead (Hoult and Palmer) went throughout the movie, metamorphosing their relationship with sparks and chemistry. Both manage to create funny moments, in slapstick and even deadpan manner, while keeping me hold my breath everytime there’s a lovely emotions involved rollercoasting now and then. On one the balcony scene, which was a dead ringer for Romeo and Juliet balcony scene (Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo) kinda make me suspects if its a twist of the classic Shakespearean tragic love story (the names of the lead ARE ‘R’ and ‘J’ulie, with R best friend M (Mercutio), a lovely homage really and a helluva twist. The entire movie is enough to inform the viewer (who do not read the book, such as yours truly) the working of this new ecosystem, an unbalance world of the living and the undead, within the brisk duration of 97 minutes. Kudos to the brilliant script adapted by the director himself, Mr Jonathan Levine, who we probably remember from 50/50.
If i can have one complain, i would have to say the mediocrity of the visualization of the bonies is quite mediocre. They could have done a better CGI, i wonder if its a hindrance of budget or not, though that itch is not enough to lower my overall enjoyment of the movie itself. Of course this is coming from the girl :D I am not sure if the male viewer can enjoy the movie as well, since there’s very little gore and blood involved despite being a zombie film. The end is quite conclusive and while the book is still expanding with possible sequel or two, i still dont know if there’s a sequel planned for the movie as well or not. I wouldn’t mind a sequel per se, i just hope it will be done right.
While i have not read the book yet (still in goodreads to-read list), I found myself totally entertained by this movie: for the lightness and the wit it possessed. By light i don’t mean that there’s no redeeming value at all, in fact, the movie lightness kinda help delivers the wisdom that is delivered mostly through R’s voiceover.
“I can feel it…the chance to start over, to live right, to love right, to burn up in a fiery cloud and never again be buried in the mud.”
― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies