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Goofy and Unconventional Romance,
This review is from: Warm Bodies (DVD)
Seattle's Isaac Marion (self-published "Where Are They Now") wrote the book on which this goofy (and unconventional) romantic comedy (with ZOMBIES?!) is based. Director Jonathan Levine ("50/50") did the honors at the helm.
Despite a pretty standard opening with the walking dead lurching through a demolished city looking (and finding!) humans on which to munch, this gradually evolves into a laugh-out-loud comedy and a sweet romance. You'll just have to trust me! (The tag line is: Cold Body, Warm Heart.)
* Nicholas Hoult ("About a Boy") is R, for lack of a better name; he just can't remember... He seems to have the right instincts (I want to protect her, not eat her), but is extremely confused (How do you talk to a girl?).
* Teresa Palmer ("I Am Number Four") is Julie. Their balcony scene made me wonder if his full name was Romeo. This actress bears an uncanny resemblance to a blonde Kristen Stewart.
* John Malkovich ("RED") is Julie's father, General Grigio, who heads the human defense forces in their walled fortress, fighting zombies and skeletors.
* Dave Franco ("21 Jump Street") is Perry, one of the armed defenders of the besieged humans. Yes, he's James Franco's younger (handsomer) brother.
* Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") is Nora, Julie's friend. She offers her cosmetics when they try to disguise our hero as a human, not a corpse. She says, "I know it's hard to get a boyfriend, what with the apocalypse and all, but..."
* Rob Corddry (Lots of TV) is M, R's best friend, if there even IS such a thing in the zombie world.
All of us were involved in this upbeat comedy from the get-go. We were surprised the first time we laughed because of the dystopian setting, but got the hang of it very quickly.
Expect a circumspect courtship, lots of gunshots and blood, very little vehicular mayhem or profanity and NO blowie uppie stuff.
Just suspend disbelief and have a good time! Amazon will tell me when I can order my DVD.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2013 1:59:30 AM PST
This movie was awesome!!!
Posted on Jan 29, 2013 4:03:07 PM PST
My 15 year old said this is a have to purchase movie. I will be purchasing it as soon as it is available.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 4:05:56 PM PST
Smart 15 year old, good parent!
Posted on Feb 2, 2013 7:44:24 PM PST
M. Mcilvoy says:
The book was based on the play, Romeo and Juliet, hence the similarities.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2013 8:15:50 PM PST
Shakespeare's? It seems like a pretty flimsy link, but with "Artistic License," I suppose....
Posted on Feb 17, 2013 9:42:22 PM PST
Michael Gmirkin says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 6:42:16 AM PST
As you surmised, I review from my theater impressions in anticipation of the DVD or Blu-Ray. If you look at the site, it invites reviews as soon as the site is up. If I'm wrong, Amazon should be the one to tell me, but thanks for taking the time.
Posted on Apr 12, 2013 7:07:12 AM PDT
Super Shopper says:
Great review! I failed to watch this at the theatre so I am just going to buy the bluray. I wanted to know beforehand if the movie is enjoyable and you were able to express that in your review. Thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 8:14:41 AM PDT
You're welcome. I have other reviews at JayFlix.net if you are interested.
Posted on Jun 5, 2013 4:42:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2013 11:04:22 PM PDT
Opera Ghost says:
There's little profanity, but what is there is jarring (perhaps because it's so rare and in stark contrast to the sweetness of the film).
The movie is based on the book, which was developed from a short story by the same author. Judging from one of the featurettes, the nod to Romeo and Juliet first appears in the novel, since in the short story R was named "T."
(One scene highlights the connection wonderfully. It was so much fun watching the film and realizing the parallel. Great movie!)