A freelance writer and musician based in Brisbane.
Published March 29th 2013
A heart-warming film
Warm Bodies provides a cynical if somewhat Hollywood take on the Zombie Apocalypse genre. Jonathan Levine's interpretation of Isaac Marion's novel is at best witty and at its worst, flawed by a lack of attention to detail.
"Are all zombies like you?"
R is a zombie, who goes about his business day by day trying to remember what it was like before he was dead, before he forgot his name. He struggles in an internal void of thought without the outlets for expression afforded the living. When R encounters Julie, a living, breathing, thinking woman, he finds his voice. Desperate to discover loven R kidnaps Julie and an unlikely tryst develops which leads to the cure and rehabilitation of the zombies into society.
This film is not only an adaptation of Marion's novel but also of the age old thespian favourite, Romeo and Juliet. A quaint balcony scene portrays R and Julie in a modern day parody of canonical literature. Levine's appropriation incorporates drama, comedy and romance in an action film that critiques discrimination, popular culture and above all else, love. Whilst this approach provides plenty of laughs, one can only wonder if Levine has taken on too much.
Overall this film had enormous potential in the subversion of traditional zombie brain-eaters but was let down by continuity errors and an unnatural dialogue, particularly in the love scenes between Julie and her ex Perry.
There is a bit of something for everyone in this film.