Warm Bodies - another attempt at a rom-zom-com?, writes Sam Smart,
My initial question was ‘will it live up to the expectations set by Shaun of the Dead?’ But within minutes of watching this film it became clear, these two films are very different and totally unique in their own right.
Warm Bodies is a ‘boy meets girl film’, shot from the viewpoint of the lead character, a zombie formally known as ‘R’ (Nicholas Hoult).
R’s character comes across as cheesy, but it must be hard to get the right message across when you can only manage moans, grunts and the occasional word.
The acting quality of some of the zombies is somewhat questionable, but this can be forgiven because of the strength of the script and the quality of direction.
One of the films many highlights is R’s friend M (Rob Corddry), who has a natural talent for playing not only a convincing zombie, but a funny one too – something that would be a tall order, I’d imagine, even for some of the bigger names in Hollywood.
Quick to set itself apart from the rest, the film reveals the nature of the zombies through R. The zombies live in an abandoned airport in the remnants of what was once a civilization, which makes for some of the funnier and most memorable scenes within the film.
While it would be highly unlikely that this film beats the likes of Lincoln or Django Unchained to the crown at the Oscars, Warm Bodies is without a doubt one of the wittiest, light hearted films of late, and it’s always good to see young British talent making their break in Hollywood.
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