Warm Bodies--Twilight with zombies?
Not really. There is no love triangle, for one. Just a zombie interested in a human girl. He sort of walks around like Frankenstein and grunts.
I think the movie is supposed to be more like Romeo and Juliet than Twilight as the main characters names are "R" and "Julie" and there is a balcony scene where R calls out to Julie from below. The movie came out around Valentines Day, which was some pretty smart marketing.
I watched it for love, for escapism, for a world set right--and it delivered all those elements. It's PG-13. I think parents can enjoy it with their teens. I wasn't scared once.
The director of this movie, Jonathan Levine, did 50/50 and adapted this screenplay from the novel by Isaac Marion.
I thought Nicholas Hoult (the kid from About a Boy!) as a zombie that can only grunt a few words out at a time did a really good job.
I liked the actor who played his best friend "M" (Mercutio?) as well, Rob Corddry. I liked that his best friend was a guy a lot older than him. Did you know that in PG movies, the f-word can only be used once so you have to make it count? Well, in this movie, M gets to say it.
Julie, played by Teresa Palmer, is sweet. Her dad, played by John Malkovich, is not that threatening--I don't really get that casting choice.
One of the best parts of the movie is the set designs. The airport gone apocalyptic, the suburbs gone apocalyptic--very visual stuff.
The next best thing, for me, were the dream sequences, even though they happen from R eating someone's brain (ew!). I don't know how they pull off that kind of fuzzy outlined--highly lit dream sequences but they were ethereal and they contrasted well with the dark zombie world where most of the movie takes place.
The music choices? Very retro--from Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" to Guns n' Roses "Patience."
How come the bodies were getting warmer? I never figured that out. It can't just be "love," can it?
I haven't read the book by Isaac Marion yet, but I do like to read the book AFTER the movie, so I'll let you know.