WARM BODIES: A Review and Blu Ray Giveaway

WARM BODIES – What a cleverly amazing little Romzomcom this one is. It mashes a lot of genres together and does it with such skill that Warm Bodies is destined for cult status. You have your romance film, and this film is basically Romeo and Juliet in a new setting, you then have your newly created Zombie film and taken from a new angle that has never been done before and then you get your subtle tongue in cheek and often dark comedy. It is a trifecta for me and I just loved it all. I originally posted this article on 26th March 2013 but as it releases on Blu Ray and DVD this week and the most awesome people at ICON FILMS have given two copies to giveaway it is time for a reposting – to win a copy of this amazing film – see after the article below.

 

Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

What a battle of epic proportions I had to face to attend this screening. I am on annual leave at the moment so can make the day time screenings – so awesome to be able to do that – so I headed into a 10am screening at the stunning Dendy Newtown at 8am from Terrigal. And what commenced then was less desirable than facing the zombie apocalypse – hideous insidious traffic. I turned up 20mins after the screening commenced and steam pouring out of my ears to be greeted by a friend and work colleague from ages ago who now works for Icon. She advised that due to technical difficulties the film was yet to start (my day was looking up) but due to this would be screening the film from a DVD and a 1.3K projector, oh well what could I do – battle traffic again to go home. While it was annoying to have a screener’s blasting “Property of ICON” bannered across the top for the whole screening I was still taken away with the story, the cleverness and the acting.

 

Warm Bodies Review
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

The first thing I noticed, besides the dullness of the 1.3K projector and the blaring banner was the ridiculous opening titles. It is all 18th Century with swirls and something belonging to a Jane Austen movie but here it is as the opening titles for a Romzomcom!! This film has some amazing marketing materials with posters and there were valentines cards etc but none of this amazing marketing artwork or even font made it to the final cut of the film – I found this very odd but in the grand scale of things, who gives a shit about the opening titles 🙂 I would cope 🙂

 

Warm Bodies Review
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

The story is simple and it is clever. What would happen if Romeo was a zombie, living in a world post Zombie apocalypse? What actually happens in a zombie apocalypse? Have we ever seen one in a film with a positive outcome? They always want to cure the undead or chop their heads off, or if you watch THE WALKING DEAD, (and you are missing out if you don’t) you smash their skulls in, drive all forms of weaponry through their head and so on. But what happens if Romeo the zombie still has a soul, of sorts, has an amazing inner monologue going on, is a hipster with a purist music taste and prefers vinyl to mp3? He wants to love? Could the chance encounter with Julie break the death of his heart and start it pumping again?

 

Warm Bodies Review
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

Well we know it can because there wouldn’t be a movie otherwise 🙂 So what starts is a single heart pump that infects the zombie population and so begins the exhuming of the living dead. It is so subtle the Romeo and Juliet hints. Romeo is just R, Juliet is Julie, Mercutio even gets a look in with M. Love it. What I don’t get is how a human can fall in love with an undead? Surely there would be smell issues to contend with at the start? 🙂

 

Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

Now the film is subtle and deadpan and while most of us have been desensitised by THE WALKING DEAD to violence against or from zombies I thought this was one thing the movie needed more of. It wasn’t necessary but after what we are used to from Rick, the Governor and the crew I think die hard WALKING DEADERS may be left feeling slightly empty in zombie slaughter. BUT – this is not a Walking Dead film, it is a unique look at the zombie phenomenon from a different angle and very cool, soulful and pop culture look at this. The film is filled with great visuals, awesome special effects, superb make up, amazing acting (to follow) and one cool soundtrack of old and new tracks. So much of the music is so well placed it will crack you up. John Waite’s Missing You, Patience by Guns ‘n Roses, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbinson and songs from Feist, Bon Iver and more make this a must have soundtrack to the Mp3 – or vinyl 🙂

 

Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

Then there is the acting. This film would be boring and flop without Nicholas Hoult, he literally makes the movie. The entire look is so perfect for the film and his facials and eye movements and little quirks are worth the cost of the ticket in itself. I will be buying the Blu Ray for this one as soon as I can – he is that good. Teresa Palmer is the perfect compliment to him with her “what the fuck is happening” incredulity – their chemistry is very R&J. Then there is Rob Corddry as M – I love the guy but his role wasn’t big enough – and Hoult steals every scene he is in. Dave Franco has a small role but I have to mention him because I am in love with him 🙂 And I have no idea why John Malkovich is in the film. His role is pivotal but was pointless for someone of Malkovich’s calibre to do – people expect loopiness when Malkovich is involved – it was lacking in this and he just read his lines – perhaps there were more scenes of him that were cut but it annoyed me.

 

Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich
Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult. Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich

 

The film is directed by Jonathan Levine who brought us the amazing look at dealing with cancer in 50/50 and now this piece of wonder. I love his view on things and think he is one director to watch. His use of comedy is realist, even in a zombie apocalypse – this is my kind of humour and it is believable and how you could imagine dealing with things. Be prepared to cry with laughter and giggle a lot – I was so lucky to have a loud hysterical laugher in my screening, it added to the humour. The film releases on April11th and I award it 9 out of 10 warm Nicholas Hoults 🙂

To win one of the two copies of the Blu Ray available, again thanks to ICON FILMS, you need to Tweet us @saltypopcornau with the hashtag #ZOMBIEWIN the answer to the following question:

What is the most awesomest zombie film of all time and why? (remember 140 characters only :) ) It should be noted that Wiki lists 570 different zombie films so shit – pick one 🙂

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The prizes will be sent out to the winners in the next two weeks. Good luck!

 

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