Warm Bodies was one of the most surprising films I've ever seen. Everyone knew the premise going in, zombie falls in love with a living girl, I was expecting an overblown Hollywood screw up. Random explosions, inconsistencies, and unnecessary scenes.
Other zombie movies have faults; they describe a virus that can only be transferred through saliva, only with bites and if saliva drips into the mouth of a human. Then someone will be shot or hit by a car and they'll come back as a zombie. That, or a gun will fire dozens of rounds without running out of ammunition. Characters who have one single identifying trait will contradict that trait for a plot point.
Warm Bodies however, was refreshingly well-crafted, the camera following the city enough to document the devastation of the 'virus', characters are humanised in banal, realistic ways and action scenes are filmed to be rushed and adrenalin fuelled. A healthy dose of humour makes this something that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Except maybe the under seven crowd, due to the guns and brain eating business.
R' is a dead man who lives with hundreds of other dead at an airport, miles away from the 'safe zone'. He has a friend, Marcus, and a little hideaway for himself, a 747 where he collects things that make him feel. Loosely and comically based on Romeo and Juliet, our hero 'R' [so named because all he remembers of his name before death is that it began with an R'] sees 'Jules' when she is part of a team retrieving supplies from the uncontrolled area that the dead roam in. R and Jules don't fall in love in a weekend, involve priests and kill themselves. He is instantly connected to her, and wants to keep her; kidnapping her and keeping her in his plane. She is terrified of him, then disgusted, but soon warms to our unusual hero. He is still teaching himself to talk and tries to communicate as best he can while sneaking bits of her dead boyfriend's brain to learn more about her, through his experiences. After spending a little time with Jules, R's heart beats once again.
After her second escape attempt, R agrees to take her back to her fortified human sanctuary. Chased out by the other dead and the 'bonies' they stand united. Close enough now to be friends they become even closer over the time they spend travelling. A normal relationship, built on fragile and growing trust and mutual discussion of likes and dislikes. Back at the airport, Marcus and the undead horde start to feel things for themselves, and hundreds of hearts start to beat.
When R shares a secret and Jules runs away. Shockingly enough, R shows up, under her balcony. While he is winning back her favour, the other dead have massed to fight with the humans against the bonies, all hell breaks loose quickly and even faster humans realise that they're on the same side, and everyone with feelings begins to get along as they eradicate their mutual threat.
Romeo and Juliet with zombies; two teens in love, a disapproving father and the line between death and life.
So glad someone else understands it's just Romeo and Juliet with zombies. All my friends are all 'what a fantastic original idea' but it's just a really inventive twist on one of the oldest love stories. I loved the movie, and you seem to have perfectly caught my thoughts.