Warm Bodies is a black comedy/romance from the director of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) and 50/50. Rather than leech off the success of the Twilight franchise, Warm Bodies parodies such fantasy romance flicks with a cleverly funny script that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Unusual zombie R saves the life of Julie, who is working for her father as part of a group that sets out to destroy zombies and revive life on Earth. When R develops feelings for her, it sets a change in motion that has the power to transform the lifeless world and bring the ‘corpses’ back to life.
Under the wrong assumption that this was going to be another Twilight type film aimed at thirteen year old fangirls, I avoided Warm Bodies upon its initial release. But as a huge fan of black comedy, particularly zom-com’s, and having heard good things from people that have seen it, I thought it was about time I gave it a watch. Warm Bodies is surprisingly fresh, it tackles the zom-com genre from a different angle and brings something completely new to the table. I can’t comment on the quality of the adaption in comparison to the novel, but I’ve heard plenty of praise for the film from fans of the book.
Warm Bodies, like many American black comedies, lacks the gritty, bleak feeling of films like Shaun of the Dead, which arguably kicked off the zom-com craze back in 2004. It has more similarities to what was essentially the American version of Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland. With this slightly brighter, more upbeat feel Warm Bodies is an easy to enjoy, fun romp with plenty of humour. The romance theme isn’t too yucky, we aren’t faced with the same sickly romance as we are in Twilight, and it’s something far more believable, subtle and relatable.
Comparisons aside Warm Bodies is great fun. It has a certain darkness to it, and plenty of bloody action that would make it appeal to a much wider audience than just teenage girls. The romance plays a much smaller part than I had imagined, and although it is the main theme of the film it takes a back seat every now and then to allow for some great gory
violence and some pretty creepy ‘boney’s’ which are the cause of much of the fast paced action and tension.
While Warm Bodies is most definitely not a film for people looking for a bit of action and zombie gore, it is an easily accessible film for all ages and genders. It’s cleverly funny and works as almost a refreshing parody of the Twilight franchise. It doesn’t pander to a young, teenage audience, and it’s a highly enjoyable film.