Things have gone very bad in the world when we meet R. He’s dead. So is everyone else he knows. Shuffling shambling dead bodies. He thinks a lot, but can’t say much and he’s hungry for brains. There are others that are even more dead than him. Boneys skeletal aggressive creatures that the other dead avoid. There are also living humans, that’s what the dead want to eat. Whatever terrible thing happened to make this world the way it is has long past. This pretty standard zombie world is firmly established in the great intro. The use of the zombie tropes fast tracks us to the comedy and story of “Warm Bodies”.
Strong use of sets and costumes makes the clear distinction between the parties feel right and you are never confused about where you are in any scenes. There is a consistent light tone throughout and there is always a chuckle waiting around each corner. The romance plot is cheesy at times, but for me supports the feel of the film rather than detracts from it. There is quite a bit of narration that is used well to build separation between individuals. It gives an “alone in a crowd” vibe.
“Warm Bodies” Draws inspiration from famous literature, but is significantly different in pretty much every meaningful way. There are clear references and nods to the inspiration, but it’s not a retelling in a zombie world.
Full of nightmare fuel, the light and comedic tone belies significant violence and gore. This is no “Scooby Doo Zombie Island”, blood and guts are on full display. Not “The Walking Dead” levels, but near that. There is sporadic, but occasionally fairly aggressive course language. And one superfluous taking off wet clothes moment.
“Warm Bodies” could be a gateway movie into the zombie genre or a pleasant refresh for the genre. I give it an 8/10. If you’re looking for something scary, but not really scary for older teens or adults, this is a great fit.
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