Warm Bodies (2013)
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, and John Malkovich
Directed by Jonathan Levine
Warm Bodies starts off rather ingeniously. Mostly through humorous voiceover, R tells us his feelings about his new life as a zombie -- something we don't usually ever bear witness to in zombie films. Nicholas Hault does a nice job of comedically countering a vivacious voiceover with a catatonic physical state. The juxtaposition creates more than a few laughs. Unfortunately, after the initial set-up detailed above, the film sort of wallows in nothingness. The love story aspect of Warm Bodies just isn't as creative as the concept of finding out what zombies are really thinking behind their empty, human-hunting eyes. (This makes sense, I guess, seeing as how we've had umpteen adaptations of Romeo and Juliet grace the silver screen.)
Across the board, the acting is above the level we typically see in teenage love stories with Teresa Palmer and Analeigh Tipton making the most of their underwritten characters and Rob Corddry managing laughs as R's best zombie friend. Unfortunately for everyone other than the character of R, I found myself not really caring about their story lines. Perhaps it's because the R's voiceovers throughout the film endear him to us more than the other characters, but these other character's plights just didn't register with me.
That said, Warm Bodies is decent. It certainly is much more grown-up than most teenage romances and the rather ingenious take of making us privy to a zombie's inner thoughts creates an incredibly amusing first act. I just wish the remainder of the film could've lived up to the opening's promise.
The RyMickey Rating: C+