Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Warm Bodies

"My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy"

I'm not your average chick-flick kinda girl. With few exceptions, romantic comedies take a back seat to most other movies by choice. Warm Bodies (2013) is one that makes the cut. I normally wait for movies to come out on TV - not DVD or blue ray, TV, but as soon as Warm Bodies hit Redbox, I had to see it. I was not disappointed.

Warm bodies is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet based on the book of the same name by Issac Marion. It's set in an alternate reality where zombies have taken over as the dominant species.

"R" played by Nicholas Hoult is a zombie living at the airport. The zombie disease progresses in levels. R and most of his peers are the standard, brain-loving zombies called corpses. They eat human flesh and wander slow and aimlessly through the area they were when they died but they still have remnants of their humanity. They look like humans, move like humans, and through R's inner dialogue we learn that they think like humans though on a rudimentary level. The zombies, in this way, are paralleled to the human condition where the plague is a symbol for the loss of human connection through the overuse of technology.

Then there are the "bonies" who have progressed to the final stage of the plague. Bonies are the main protagonist in Warm Bodies. They've lost their human form and their human thought. Their only goal is to eat. According to R's narration, "They call these guys Bonies. They don't bother us much, but they'll eat anything with a heartbeat. I mean, I will too, but at least I'm conflicted about it."

Enter Julie. Julie, an uninfected human and daughter of the survivor's leader. She and her team get caught by zombies on a supply run and R eats her boyfriend. He then fixates his gaze on Julie but instead of eating her, he kidnaps her and falls in love with her. Over time, she falls in love with him too. Meanwhile, their contact with one another cures him of the plague, bringing warmth into his dead body (Which is, of course, the opposite of the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet.). With the alliance of the corpses and the humans, they bring down the impending scourge of bonies and bring to life those who were once dead.

Warm bodies is a fun, albeit different take, on the zombie trope and a great addition to any zombie library. For further reading, this is a good place to look.
*Only 18 days till the return of TWD*








3 comments:

  1. I couldnt get into this one!

    Btw heard some spoilers from TWD if you want to hear them!

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    1. I'm a glutton for punishment. Yes, please spill.

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