The Oscars may be over, but my movie watching is NOT! I recently purchased the AMAZING MoviePass, which is essentially a movie theater subscription system, and so now I can see movies whenever I want!
The best film I saw this week (by quite a bit) was Warm Bodies, based on the book (of the same name) by Issac Marion, and directed by Jonathan Levine. Warm Bodies was recommended to me by my bestie Zoara, who convinced me to try the book. I had originally refused as I heard it was “Twilight with Zombies” which was essentially the worst description ever, but after a few hours of constant nagging, I gave in and began.
24 hours later, I finished the book with tears in my eyes and an intense desire to re-read the book again…which I did.( I won’t post a review on the book, mostly because Zoara did an amazing review on a author/friend of hers which you should read HERE)
When I heard there was a movie based on the book, which was going to be released mere days after finishing the novel, I felt both ecstatic and insanely anxious. Anxious because as most book to movie translations in a word…SUCK. And I really didn’t want this one too. This book was so special and so much more then a “teen novel” and a “typical romance” and I wanted the movie to show that .
And it didn’t. But by the end of the film I didn’t really mind. That being said, IF you want the film to mirror the book then skip this movie, while you’ll get all the romance you will not get the deeper moral, political and social explorations the book did so well.
But Warm Bodies the film held everything you want from a scifi romance movie. It was funny, smart, charming, with just enough corny moments and lines to make your heart melt. I was quite impressed that R (Nicolas Holt, from Skins fame) was able to be so good looking and adorable, when in the first 20 minutes of the film he kills a young human boy, eats his brains while kidnapping his beautiful girlfriend Julie (Teresa Palmer). But I like everyone else in the theater, loved R, and loved his inner monologue, which was used heavily throughout the film and was pretty funny when played over the rather lifeless emotional face of R.
R and Julie’s journey together was slow, sweet and ultimately rewarding, and while the film’s ending was a bit rushed and lackluster, I found myself walking out of the theater happy with the fluff which didn’t really make me think, but made me laugh which was exactly what I needed.
Did you read Warm Bodies? (if not I urge you to read it!!) Did you see Warm Bodies the movie? What did you think?
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