Verdict: 3 / 5
Warm Bodies is a fun, quirky and light romantic zombie film. It’s far more understated than previous entries in the rom-zom-com genre such as Shaun of the Dead, and instead plays more like a sweet indie romance with a touch of ‘zombiness’.
Nicolas Hoult who plays ‘R’ is pretty good. His body language and mannerisms are done really well, his voice over is cute but never silly and his progression throughout the film is done incredibly well and subtly. One can only imagine the immense process he must have gone through to track the gradual change in character and execute over a couple of months in non-chronological order. What I quite enjoyed about the film, is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and so you never feel like it’s the zombie version of Twilight. That would be a terrible thing. This film is not pretentious or heavy handed, and it knows that it’s a fun, simple concept with a big heart behind it.
That being said, it does have a respect for itself and doesn’t treat itself like a dumb zombie comedy. Everything within the film believes in itself and what it is doing, from the acting, to the playful visual choices of the director and the quirky, romantic musical choices.
The Romeo and Juliet homage is also great. There are several indicators to it throughout the film – the names ‘R’ and Julie being the most obvious, as well as the scene where R arrives at Julie’s balcony. Some will hate it and find it obvious, whilst others like me, who were already won over, thought it was a nice touch.
Overall, this film is solid entry into the genre and worth a watch on any night of the week.
A very comprehensive package with in depths looks at the novelization and scripting, the central romance, the ensemble cast, the make-up, locations, weapons, stunts and visual effects.
The features also include deleted scenes with commentary, the lead actress’s video journals, a comedy sketch and gag reel.
This is one of the most pleasantly surprising bunch of special features I’ve seen recently.