[critical] Warm Bodies Renaissance

A mysterious virus has destroyed civilization. The survivors live in bunkers fortified, fearing their old similar become monsters, the devourers of flesh.

R, an undead romantic, saves against all odds Julie, a lovely survivor, and protects the voracity of his companions. Over the days, the young woman awakens in him long-forgotten feelings,… She discovers in this zombie different something other than a blank stare, and gestures of mummy…

Disturbed by her feelings, Julie returns to his fortified city where his father has raised an army. R, more and more human, is now convinced that his relationship with Julie could save the entire species… Yet, in seeking to review Julie, it will trigger the ultimate war between the living and the dead. The chances of survival of this unique pair are more brittle…

Author’s Note

[rating:7/10]

Release Date : March 20, 2013

Directed by Jonathan Levine

Film american

With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco

Duration : 1h37min

Original title : Warm Bodies

Trailer :

Displays it as the look teen of the main protagonists were in fear of a Twilight in the land of the zombies : that certainely ! Then of course, one has to deal with a romance and even an adaptation barely made-up of Romeo and Juliet which is found many times in the film. There are lovers from two very different worlds (one can hardly do better), the scene with the balcony and even a choice of character name enough suggestive : the hero R and Julie, the friend of R named Marcus (Mercutio), Perry (Paris), etc… But fortunately, this adaptation of the novel of Isaac Marion’s “I am a Zombie filled with Love” has its advantages in making a film that is eminently likeable.

The main asset is her sense of humor well balanced : it plays with the codes of the zombie movie that this is their slowness, their look or their limited vocabulary. The fun is certainly not very end but quite contagious. The mechanism of voice-over letting us share the thoughts extremely down-to-earth of the heroes of the zombie is a process which turns out to be funny early in the film. And the interpretation of Nicholas Hoult, previously seen in X-Men – The Beginning, is very correct, and all the more remarkable that he comes to bring his game and his emotions through the filter relatively to the makeup and postures imposed.

More than a real film-quality “technical”, it must be admitted that the enthusiasm of the director Jonathan Levine and its processes humorous gives a capital sympathy undeniable to Warm Bodies. Film dispensable, without a doubt, but we would miss a very good moment of relaxation.

The mixture of teen-movie and zombie flick would have been largely able to wallow in the muck and vermin cinematic feature films easy and pretentious for teenagers badly bruted, but if the content is sometimes a bit of tagged teen and hipster, laugh quite frankly, the heroine (Teresa Palmer) is not unbearable, and John Malkovich does surjoue not overly. Pay for even can be that the movie is absolutely not scary in spite of a design of the “Bone” quite correct, notably because of a make-up zombie is quite light.

Finally, the last strength of this film : its short duration. Attention, this would not have been a torment to see ten more minutes and we do not get bored looking at it ! Quite the contrary, the pace is fast, the story is light but also compact and it gives a touch of B-series / telefilm welcome (in the good sense of the term for a feature film referring a bit to the movies “kind”).

To be clear, more than a real film-quality “technical”, it must be admitted that the enthusiasm of the director Jonathan Levine and its processes humorous gives a capital sympathy undeniable to Warm Bodies. Film dispensable, without a doubt, but we would miss a very good moment of relaxation.

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