With plans to make the dead brain eaters what “Twilight Saga” did for vampires, “Warm Bodies” hits theaters aside from the terror and political criticism, typical of the works of George A. Romero, for a sweet romance full of adolescent crises. Fans of zombies have anything to be angry with this apocalyptic version of “Romeo and Juliet“, but the younger, at the height of their anguish and discoveries will have plenty to identify with.
In the wake of the “The Walking Dead” series and based on the novel “Bloodfire”, of Isaac Marion, the film takes place eight years after the zombie apocalypse. Nicholas Hoult is R, a zombie who does not even remember his own name and, during a visit to the city to find food (people), kills the boyfriend of Julie (Teresa Palmer), whom he falls in love instantly. He then takes her to the airport where he lives with a horde of undead. There, in his airplane decorated with objects collected over the years, the two get to know better.
It is clear that in the beginning the girl is afraid of R and attempts to flee, but in time he believes still has a shred of humanity. Together they explore the collection of vinyl records of “boy”. Songs like Hungry Heart, of Bruce Springsteen, Rock You Like a Hurricane, of Scorpions and Shelter From the Storm, of Bob Dylan, pack teenagers and nostalgic tone to give great soundtrack.
Things get complicated when the girl decides to return home. To this end, R and Julie must face two serious problems: the skeletons, undead who left their humanity completely aside and eat anything that moves, and Grigio, father of Julie and commander of one of the last remaining human settlements – two groups that do not accept changes.
This is the second movie that director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) uses humor to deal with life and death. While the long “50/50” is more realistic and shows the struggle of a young man with cancer, “Warm Bodies” uses fantasy and pop culture icons as the backdrop for treating a depression of adolescent R are facing a reality that does not match their expectations.
Levine makes a good portrait of adolescent alienation and their different degrees of compliance, but never crosses the line and transform the speech into something political, like Romero would. This, combined with long moments of tenderness between the couple, practically without any action, leaving the tedious narrative. The only thing heats even when the lovebirds are Nora (Analeigh Tipton), girlfriend Julie. The girl injects a good dose of humor in the plot, which could be totally focused on the interaction of these three characters.
Of course there are many references to films of the genre, like “Land of the Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead”. The use of open angles, panoramic gray palettes and deepen the atmosphere of the end of the world, right up the street abandoned newspapers with headlines about the crisis of zombies. However, good work ambiance is marred by bad special effects, as bad as the “Twilight Saga”, with animated skeletons evil and bad (and dispensable) scenes from inside the human body.
Defying all aspects established by Romero about undead, “Warm Bodies” is a friendly romantic comedy, with some suspenseful moments and little action. The film should hit in full public taste that was orphaned “Twilight Saga” and also please fans of romantic comedies with his positive message about how to face life. The best thing here is that no character shines in the sun.