Warm Bodies Review
By Ryan Fecskovics
Warm Bodies is the third film from director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness and 50/50.) Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddy and John Malkovich. The story follows a zombie apocalypse, focusing on the male lead known as ‘R’. ‘R’ lives in an airport with other zombies and for most of the first act can, barely say a word. He really wants to change back to normal. Luckily, the opportunity comes when a group of humans including ‘Nora’ and ‘Julie’ and her boyfriend enter “zombie territory’. When some zombies attack most of the humans, ‘R’ has a different reaction to ‘Julie.’ When things go bad, ‘R’ saves ‘Julie’ and hides her until it is safe for her to go home. During that time, ‘R’ makes her feel at ease. ‘Julie’ seems to be curing ‘R’ throughout the entire movie as well. Another obstacle is ‘Julie’s’ dad , who is the leader of the human revolt. Also, after zombies who give up after awhile due to the quality of their lives become ‘Bonie’s’, which basically leaves them as skeletons. Giving away anymore of the plot would ruin the movie for you.
The performances by Teresa Palmer and Analeigh Tipton are great, especially for a “genre” film. But the real standout is Nicholas Hoult. Giving him this lead role, could possibly change his career. He commands the screen, even though he says less than 100 words throughout the entire film. This film gave him the creativity to finally show his acting chops. This is after years of supporting parts that were good performances. But, I was astonished by his acting. And hopefully his career, can only go up from here. Rob Coddry also has a funny supporting performance. Oddly, it’s probably the best I have seen him. Maybe, that’s because he barely spoke…..
Jonathan Levine really utilizes the source material (Which I Read) and really made it his own. And, this film could’ve been a hot mess but it wasn’t. I was so impressed and for a film to come out so early and be this good is so HARD. The script was the weakest part of the film. But, I note that sometimes acting can carry a movie for the most part. That being said, I was really shocked at the quality. I don’t know how this film is going to perform at the Box Office but I hope that it will be a hit.
I would not be surprised if this film became a Sleeper Hit. It was so witty and funny. The CGI was good for a movie that didn’t cost that much. And, clinching the number #1 spot this weekend should not be that hard. And, the audience (mainly women) really dug the film. Overall, I am not too worried but I expect the film to make people very happy.
My Grade For Warm Bodies: 8.5/10 (B+) Go See It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!