7:00 PM, 15th June, 2013
And so dawns another zombie apocalypse. (Yes, I went there).
I love the zombie genre, with all its gore and shock value. I am happy to say that Warm Bodies offers a refreshing twist to the classic cult zombie film.
Although he is the usual meandering, groaning style of walking dead, our lead and delightfully self-aware narrator is R (Hoult). After eating the brains of the boyfriend of Julie (Palmer), apocalypse survivor, he develops an awkward attachment to her and a desire to protect her from others. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival. As his crush on Julie develops, R becomes increasingly more human.
This film still has all the cool, rotten flesh and gore that you want from a zombie flick, but it is heightened by a sharp, dry sense of humour and adorable, squishy feelings.
The plot is loosely borrowed from “Romeo and Juliet”; forbidden love, teen romance, undead guy falling in love with girl. I know what you’re thinking. One could conjure up comparisons with teen undead romances, but thankfully there are no sparkly vampires here.
With a lighter than standard rating, of course, we will be leaning toward the Zom-Com rather than the Romero films, but Warm Bodies happily stands amongst its glorious contemporaries Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.
8:53 PM, 15th June, 2013
It’s 1939 and US President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife are about to play host to the King and Queen of England, in the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. But international affairs soon take a back seat to the complexities of FDR’s domestic affairs -- including a relationship with his far removed cousin (Laura Linney) -- which all conspire to make the weekend an unforgettable one.