Warm Bodies is way better than the Twilight series
I saw ‘Warm Bodies’ [directed by Jonathan Levine, who gave us the severely under-rated ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’] because Nicholas Hoult [the cute kid from ‘About a Boy’ and the young Beast in ‘X-Men First Class’] was in it. A big risk, I know, but then again, he’s been in a number of films I liked such as the previously mentioned and ‘Clash of the Titans’ and ‘A Single Man’ plus the coming ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ so I thought, there must be something there. And besides, I thought the trailer was funny. Unlike that other teen paranormal romance film, which sucked big time.
To my delight, I found the film a real pleasure to watch. This is a totally refreshing take on the zombie apocalypse genre, which was last turned on its rotten head by the 2009 dark comedy ‘Zombieland’. Now, three years later, the zombies have crept into the kingdom of the RomCom instead of veering off into the googly-eyed realm of the teen paranormal romance. A wise move from the filmmaker, because it made the movie more enjoyable. By not taking the romantic elements too seriously, and by too seriously I mean none of those lingering shots of longing glances and florid exchanges of vows of undying love–the film also became more grounded in reality and logic, however absurd the general setting is.
Here are 6 reasons why ‘Warm Bodies’ is way better than all films in the ‘Twilight’ series. The first reason I already mentioned in the last paragraph. The second is its lead female character is not a brooding and simpering girl who is too ready to be swept off her dainty feet by any vampire or lycanthrope. Julie is a gun-totting girl who thinks for herself and takes decisive actions–whether killing zombies or advocating on their behalf. One thing I found funny is the fact that Teresa Palmer kind of looks like Kristen Stewart, right? Perhaps this is coincidence in casting, but I’d rather think of this as an in-joke.
Third, the lead male character, though un-dead as well, looks more alive than his un-dead vampire counterpart. It could be a difference in acting ability but R didn’t have any coherent lines for about 90% of the film, compared to that rambling vampire who can’t stop talking about his feelings and yet, Nicholas Hoult brought more life to the role that Robert Pattinson ever did with his.
Fourth, and this has been somewhat touched in my first reason but let me elaborate here. In this film, the romantic elements did not make me cringe. Which means it was just right for a RomCom movie. Of course, because it’s a zombie movie, there are also enough queasy moments I hadn’t imagined, like how the human brain looked if it were stuffed into a pocket to be eaten at a later time.
Fifth, the soundtrack was outstanding. In fact, I’m searching for torrents of the film soundtrack as I am writing this post. The music greatly enhanced the bonding moments between R and Julie, especially in the appropriate montage sequences that made me mutter, ‘awww’ instead of giving me the urge to puke.
And finally, I like that even though this film offers a new take on the zombie genre, there are no mind-boggling alterations to the mythology in order to pander to romance-stricken teens. Hello, gold-flecked sparkling-like-a-diamond skin when exposed to the sun? Mutant-powered vampires? Vampire babies? The zombie hierarchy, un-explored in the film but detailed in the book, is not really an alteration to the zombie myth but rather a welcome enhancement of sorts.
So there, to summarize, ‘Warm Bodies’ is great, see it when you get the chance. If someone tells you otherwise, s/he is an IDIOT! Remember that!
Eat this, Stephenie Meyer!