We’ve all seen at least one zombie film, whether it be 28 Days Later, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead or indeed the AMC hit Walking Dead. One thing remains the same, the zombies are only determined on eating the livings flesh to remain alive. However from the opening of Warm Bodies (2013), we hear R’s (Hoult) voiceover about how he is lost and needs connection despite his infection, and that is why I highly recommend Warm Bodies.
For a reason unbeknown to R, he saves a young woman (Julie) from the surrounding zombies and guides her to safety, eventually forming a relationship between the two whilst setting in motion the possible change of the lifeless world.
One of the aspects I admire the most in this feature is it’s clever non-linear narrative often heading back into flashback. The audience comes to learn through R’s voiceover (which often comes into play) that when zombies eat the brains of their victims, they inherit their memories and feelings. After R eats the boyfriend of Julie, he comes to learn as well as the audience things about Julies past as well as Perry, and it’s in these memories and moments of emotion that R starts to become human again, he starts to remember what it was like to love, and once he has that emotion, he never wants to forget it.
Warm Bodies is a comedy, but it perfects this by subtly using comedy in quick comments in the film, or comical actions by zombies. It’s been seen before where people have gone way over the top, but Jonathon Levine (Director, Writer) gets the exact mixture of comedy, horror and real moving drama to a very rewarding level for the audience.
This is one of the best zombie films I’ve ever seen. It’s very difficult nowadays to create zombie pictures where the audience actually gives a shit about the characters, but Warm Bodies character relationship between R and Julie is really interesting and intriguing.
Warm Bodies 7/10