‘Warm Bodies’ stays cold


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Warm Bodies is a 2013 comedy about a teenage zombie boy who falls in love with a human girl. The story is set in a post-apocalypse America, where the majority of the human race has been wiped out.

It fits the cliché scenario of girl meets boy, yet with a twist. The story follows a similar plot line to that of the 1990’s classic Edward Scissorhands, where a monster tries to fit into a human world and only wants to be understood.

The movie ends, as you guessed, happily ever after. “R,” the zombie, wins over Julie, the girl. They both end up convincing the humans that zombies aren’t actually bad, and everyone ends up living together in harmony. R, is played by Nicholas Hoult, and Teresa Palmer is Julie.

Although the movie was light, cute, and witty, the story line was underdeveloped and incomplete, with little character development. According to Fandango.com, critics rate it as a “So-So.” I agree. Although the movie had a good story line, I caught myself daydreaming multiple times throughout. The predictable plot added to the snooze factor.  According to Wikipedia.com, it earned $20.4 million during its debut week.

A reviewer on Wikipedia.com commented, “It may not take full advantage of its quirky, possibility-rich premise, but Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.”

I disagree, the acting was mediocre overall, with Hoult, as a zombie-in-love, rendering the only somewhat believable performance.

3/5 stars

Runtime: 1hr. 38 min.

Rating: PG-13


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