‘Warm Bodies’ a refreshing take on zombies

This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Nicholas Hoult in a scene from
This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Nicholas Hoult in a scene from "Warm Bodies." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jonathan Wenk)

Reviewer’s Rating: ★★★1/2

Mary Hutton

Special to theadvocate.com

With growing zombie fans around the world expecting a fast-approaching zombie apocalypse, it’s about time for Hollywood to start rethinking the overdone traditional zombie film.

Director Jonathan Levine works magic as he composes this endearing comedy that brings hope to a world of expected misery. “Warm Bodies,” presents a fresh depiction of these well-known zombies and suggests a cure of love for all the lonely corpses wandering the earth. This all may sound a bit cheesy and laughable, but the film actually puts forth a decent effort at creating a zombie love story.

R, played by Nicholas Hoult, is an unusual zombie who can’t remember his life as a human, but wants more out of his current situation. He wants to feel something for once. Enter Julie (Teresa Palmer), a human living in a city surrounded by colossal walls that keep zombies -- or what they call “corpses” -- out. When she ventures outside the walls for medical supplies, her crew is attacked by a group of corpses led by R. Julie is appropriately frightened and confused as he saves her life and takes her back to his abandoned airplane “home.”

An unlikely friendship forms between the two, and R starts to question the changes he is beginning to feel. Through saving each others’ lives time and time again, a romance blossoms, and Julie and R can’t stay away from their bond. Their forbidden love persuades them to rise up against both humans and corpses to show the world that they can reverse the apocalypse and spread their newfound cure of love.

“Warm Bodies,” is the complete package and takes the time to develop major characters. The audience can truly understand each point of view and will actually find themselves cheering for the zombies at the climax of the film. Although elements of disgust and gruesome scenes are thrown in, they are necessary and play a very important role of illustrating the world of these brain-eating zombies. Aside from the gory flesh peeling and tearing apart bodies, comedy and romance shine through. Many scenes will make the audience genuinely laugh out loud, while others may bring a tear or two.

Although this movie isn’t perfect, as depicted through a few cheesy lines, it brings a new antagonist to the horror genre. These “bonies” are zombies who are beyond helping. R describes them as what happens when they give up and settle into a life of feeling nothing. This new group of enemies, who are seen as a little more than skeletons, will either flourish or fail with zombie fans.

Overall, secret love affairs, zombie wars and comedy make this a film that everyone can enjoy and no one will want to miss out on.