Thursday, February 7, 2013

Open Letters Monthly: Warm Bodies

Teen supernatural romances are all the rage right now. Capitalizing on the goodwill generated by those awful Twilight films, titles keep popping out of the woodwork, trying to transmogrify into the next blockbuster series. This month we'll see whether Beautiful Creatures, based on the series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl can live up to the hype, but in the meantime we have Warm Bodies, the zombie comedy romance brought to us by the director of 50/50.

In a future controlled by hordes of shambling corpses, R is a zombie trying to maintain his last shred of humanity via collecting knickknacks and vintage vinyl records. Though a philosophical sort, he's stuck following his instincts most of the time, which usually involves hunting the few living humans left on the planet for food. That all changes one day when he runs into Julie, a young human woman, while she and her small party are scavenging for medical supplies. After he eats her boyfriend, R falls head over heels for the lovely lady, and it changes something inside him. But while the two develop feelings between themselves, the people and monsters around them struggle to understand their mutual attraction. But as his love for Julie slowly brings R back to life, the question becomes whether living and undead can ever coexist, or if the two groups will forever be at war.

Warm Bodies is directed by Jonathan Levine and stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco and John Malkovich.

Click here for the full review at Open Letters Monthly.

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