13 December, 2012

Warm Bodies and Popcorn Dinner

Guess what I just got back from seeing? Thanks to Bookyurt, I got to go to an advanced screening of Warm Bodies tonight. Even though not all of us agree with author Isaac Marion's views on YA lit (discussion here), that doesn't mean we won't give his book or the movie based on his book a chance. I haven't read Warm Bodies yet but Alethea loved it. And I love zombies so I was totally stoked to be able to see this movie before its national release.

I am not going to go into a full review or anything but I did want to say that Warm Bodies, the movie, is pretty awesome. It's go that great mix of comedy and horror and  has a sweet romance as well. Nicholas Hoult is fantastic as the zombie R. I think he gives a really nuanced performance. At times really awkward and stiff and totally believable as a zombie, but also funny and sweet. I've never been a huge Rob Corddry fan, but he's great in this. He has some really good lines and his delivery is perfect. Julie is played by Teresa Palmer, a new to me actress.  I really enjoyed her as Julie. She was a good blend of tough and vulnerable.

Of course a zombie movie is never really about zombies. This movie asks the question: what does it mean to be human? Are you human because you are alive and have a heartbeat or is it something more? While technology connects us more than ever, it also isolates.  Maybe it's just me but I saw a lot of myself in R.  It's easy to get caught up in life and lose sight of those connections that make us human. In Warm Bodies, the zombies have forgotten how to live, but the humans have forgotten as well. R and Julie's unlikely friendship sparks a change in both groups.

I am probably not explaining myself very well because it's late and I had popcorn for dinner. It was good popcorn but still, this girl needs real food. What I am really trying to say is, go see this movie. It doesn't come out until Feb 1, but definitely see it when it comes out. Then come back and tell me if you liked it. In the meantime, here's the newest trailer for Warm Bodies. :)

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