Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm Bodies
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Jonathan Levine
Based on: Isaac Marion‘s novel
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich

The zombie apocalypse has happened. R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie who can’t remember much – not even his entire name – and spends most of his time shuffling around an empty airport. But all of that changes when he meets Julie (Teresa Palmer) during a hunt. Julie is one of the few survivors. And while R munches on Julie’s boyfriend Perry (Dave Franco), he falls in love with her. He brings her home and Julie slowly realizes that maybe not all zombies are the monsters she thought they were. And their connection sparks a new development that is much bigger than the two of them.

Warm Bodies is great. It’s sweet, very well made and extremely funny. I expected much from it beforehand and I got it all.


I wanted to read the book beforehand, but when I ordered it, its arrival took longer than I expected. But I’ll definitely still want to get to it. Anyway, that means I can’t compare the book and the movie. But the movie on its own is just plain great.

First of all, it’s told with a great sense of humor. Everybody who has ever thought themself awkward in a social situation will totally relate to R (and let’s face it, the person who hasn’t felt awkward ever does not exist). It’s self-derogatory, but in a very loving way, which makes it especially enjoyable. And the soundtrack is pretty cool, too.


The cast is fine. Nicholas Hoult is good as R (he was born for such a rather unexpressive role), Teresa Palmer isn’t great, but it works. John Malkovich is John Malkovich, which works out just fine, too. Though who I definitely enjoyed most was Analeigh Tipton. That woman is funny.

The film is not perfect. I could have done without the hostage situation in the love story, and without the taking-on-the-ex-boyfriend’s-emotions part of it all. But they handled it mostly well, so it didn’t get too disturbing. In fact, I really enjoyed myself and the film and had a great time.


Summarising: zombies have never been so cute.

3 thoughts on “Warm Bodies (2013)

  1. The trailers didn’t do anything for me, so I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this on a plane during my trip to the US. It really is funny and weirdly sweet. Definitely one of the better movies this year.

    • Here you have the example of a movie where I didn’t read the book before. But I bought it and have it lying around at home with plans to read it soon, so I can let you know how that goes. :)

      But yes, it was definitely a sweet film.

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