Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Warm Bodies (PG-13/97 Min.)

A lot of life has been happening since my last post and while I’ve seen several movies I haven’t found the time to share them with you. I’m tempted to say, “All that ends now!” but I’m not playing that game. I hope to write a big post soon that’ll catch you up on most of the movies I’ve seen in the interim instead of writing a post for each one. There’s almost no point now (since several aren’t even showing any more) unless you’ve chosen to wait and decide whether or not you want to rent certain movies. This one however is NOT out yet. I saw Warm Bodies a little over a month ago and liked it so much I’m going to see it again this Thursday. If you’d like to go too, hop on over to Gofobo and see if they have any passes left.

Warm Bodies is the story of R, a zombie who’s not quite like the other zombies. He rescues then falls in love with Julie, the girlfriend of one of his victims; consequently changing “life” in the zombie world.

Before you say, “Oh no! Not another zombie movie!” read a little bit further. This has to be, by far, my favorite zombie movie ever. Having said that I should probably admit that I don’t typically watch zombie movies because they’re gross. This one is too but only for a little bit. And it’s funny. And sweet. And, in case you’re a guy and need some action with your zombie movies, it has that too! All in all, though, this is a romantic comedy so guys, consider yourself warned.

This film starts out kind of slow and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to suffer through it. It didn’t take long to change my mind. The entire film is narrated by R and wouldn’t have worked nearly as well as it did if it hadn’t been. You need to hear what he is thinking before he says what he says. Trust me on this. Some of the best lines in the movie are delivered as a thought/speech combo.

Nicholas Holt was R. He calls himself R because he’s forgotten his real name but was pretty sure that’s what it started with. I want to say all kinds of good things about him but his job didn’t seem that difficult. Drag your feet, moan and mumble and you have the makings of R. A lot of teenagers I know would be perfect for the role. I’m sure, though, that it takes better acting chops than I have (none whatsoever) to have come across as he did. He was funny and gross and sweet and heroic. He’s also the reason I’m going to see this again.

Teresa Palmer was Julie. I’ve liked her in other movies and I liked her in this. She’s sort of the victim but sort of not. Clear as mud, right? She is able to look through R’s not so lively exterior and see the good inside. Awwww…mush.

I feel I must also mention two of the supporting actors. Rob Corddry and John Malkovich. Rob because I thought he was hilarious and John because he’s John Stinkin’ Malkovich. Rob Corddry is M, R’s best friend. He steals several scenes but I’ll forgive him because he was able to say just one or two words and have the audience cracking up. John Malkovich plays General Grigio, Julie’s dad. He hates the zombies and is intent on eradicating them from the face of the earth. Does he succeed? Maybe. Maybe not.

Let’s break it down now.

Sex/Nudity – No to both. Julie strips down to her unders but that’s the closest it gets.

Drinking/Drugs – If there was, there wasn’t much.

Cussing – Yes. But not much. Definitely the F-word. If you’ve read previous posts you’ve probably noticed that I very rarely feel that cussing is necessary. In this movie there were a couple of occasions in which a line would have fallen flat without it, including a couple of M’s few word lines. I think that makes sense.

Violence – Yup. A couple of zombie attacks. Not very pretty. And while it’s no longer violent since the people are already dead there were a couple scenes in which a zombie was eating brain pieces. Yuck! Oh! I just remembered the skeletons. They’re zombies who’ve been zombies waaaayyy too long. Even regular zombies keep their distance when the skeletons are around. Yikes! I do think it’s a tad much for children. I think they actually made a good choice with the rating this time.

I went to see this with my cousin, Brat Boy, and he likes regular zombie movies and still really liked this so if you fit that category (not being my cousin but liking zombie movies) then you’ll probably like this. If you don’t usually like zombie movies but don’t have a weak stomach or can overlook the few gross parts you might give this a try. As mentioned before, I’m going to see this again on Thursday and will, more than likely, have to update this because I forgot a thing or two. We’ll see. I’ve already forgotten whether or not anything happened after the credits. Now I’m going to have to sit through them again. I hope you appreciate this. No? Okay.

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