‘Warm Bodies’: A paranormal-comedy like never before


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Julia (Palmer) tries to protect R (Hoult) from her dad and prove that zombies can evolve in the paranormal romantic-comedy film “Warm Bodies.”

Newly released film “Warm Bodies” keeps the viewers wanting more by offering a variety of genres: action, zombie and romantic-comedy.

Lead actors Nicholas Hoult (“X-men: First Class”) and Teresa Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) are a dynamic duo as they team up to save mankind.

R (Hoult), his best friend M (portrayed by Rob Corddry) and a group of zombies head out to find food and run into Julie (Palmer).

Julie, her best friend, boyfriend and a few other living humans have been sent on a mission by Julie’s father, General Grigio (John Malkovich) to find medical supplies and bring them back to camp.

R attacks and kills Julie’s boyfriend (Dave Franco) which leads to his attraction and desire to save Julie. Against her will, Julie is taken to the airport where the zombies live.

She’s held captive in R’s plane, out of harms way and away from the other zombies. With the song “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses playing in the background, R tries to explain the best way that he can, that he was trying to save her, not feast on her.

This is where the movie really gets interesting and the bonding begins. R and Julie join forces to prove to the world that zombies can evolve and end the apocalypse.

Some of the lines will mislead the viewer into thinking the characters are about to say something deep only to end in a punchline.

For example, when R is wandering around the airport in the beginning of the movie he says “I don’t want to be this way. I am lonely, I am lost. I mean literally lost, I’ve never been in this part of the airport before.” The unpredictable dialog was definitely a plus.

The screenplay was written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who also directed the comedy-drama “50/50.”

Levine did an excellent job displaying each different genre effectively without overdoing it.

The somewhat cheesy previews don’t do the movie any justice. It was definitely a lot more entertaining than expected.

Levine and the cast did an excellent job at not making the comedy corny or the romance too sappy.

“Warm Bodies” is based on a novel with the same title, written by Isaac Marion.

The film is appropriately rated as PG-13; it’s not too graphic or vulgar, yet at the same time it has some raunchy comedy.

This movie is really hard to compare to others with similar genres, because unlike others, this film was put together and executed well.

If you’re the type of person who thinks outside the box and enjoys a good laugh while also being inspired, then you will really love this movie.