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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 3:45 pm, November 12, 2012

We attended a screening of the film Warm Bodies in Los Angeles last night. Multiple screenings were being held for the Twilight premiere campers at LA Live so they could get a very early look at Summit’s next book-to-film adaptation. Here now is our Warm Bodies movie review!

The Warm Bodies book was written by Isaac Marion and it tells the story of a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) who falls in love with human character Julie (Teresa Palmer).

This zombie world is a different one than, say, the creatures you’ll see in The Walking Dead on AMC. For one, Warm Bodies‘ zombies can get out a few English words. They can also run and fight at a capability similar to the humans. For us, it took a little getting used to after seeing such a different set of zombies as the ones you see on the aforementioned TV show. Nevertheless, we respect this different zombie lore and found its differences served the story well.

Adult actor Rob Corddry plays R’s best friend M who is also a zombie, while John Malkovich plays Teresa’s father General Grigio. The eye candy in this film, besides Hoult (if you like the zombie types), is Perry Kelvin played by Dave Franco. Perry is Teresa’s boyfriend up until R kills him and eats his brains out. In this zombie world, eating a human’s brains allows you to see and feel their memories. It’s the sole way of dreaming when you’re a zombie, as R explains at one point.

R’s consumption of Perry’s brains helps him see a happy life with Julie, which is part of the reason why R falls in love with her. The majority of the film is taken up with R’s mission to persuade Julie into liking him and seeing him as someone who holds feelings and kindness. Warm Bodies is anchored by the narration of R which adds a good amount of comedy and context to several scenes.

As you can see in the trailer (below), the film has a quirky feel that it plays into whether it’s using the narration or just having fun with zombie lore. There’s also the always-creepy R who relentlessly tries to be less freakish. His attempts add a lot to the story.

Like most happy endings, by the end of Warm Bodies the guy does get the girl, but in this story R is also able to greatly affect and inspire the rest of the zombies. He also influences the human’s view of the zombies.

Even though this writer didn’t read the book (yet!), he found Warm Bodies to be a fun zombie story with a love story that you’ll want to root for. Despite the odd premise (“Zombie boyfriend,” as described by one of Julie’s friends), the story is a compelling and believable one. We understand that it diverts from the book’s ending, but the way it ended in the film was very fulfilling and heartwarming.

Grade: B+

Rated: PG-13 (for zombie violence and some language)

Warm Bodies opens in theaters on February 3, 2013.

  • grimmbrother

    Is there a reason why you told us how it ends?

    • Sarah

      He said nothing that isn’t completely obvious in the trailer. I mean, really. He gets the girl? SHOCKER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

    In the middle of reading the book, thanks for ruining it!

    • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

      I promise it’s not ruined. The book has more depth than this review could ever convey. “The guy does get the girl” is a painful oversimplification of the story itself.

  • http://twitter.com/LaCoraDora Cora Dora

    It’s a review and reviews typically include spoilers. If you don’t want to know any spoilers, why are you reading an in-depth review such as the ones that Hypable always does?

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

      Most professional reviewers know not to reveal the ending of a film in their reviews. I think you would be hard pressed to find a reviewer who would. In the case that they do reveal plot points a spoiler alert is normally given to the reader as a courtesy. I’ve read countless reviews before seeing a movie on other sites and never been spoiled. That’s because they discuss acting, directing and writing or they jump around plot points. Every other article on this site is cautious about spoilers in titles, pictures and within text, why should I have thought otherwise for a review?

      • alazear2

        THANK YOU!. someone finally gets that a review isnt a summary of the movie but a commentary on it. In fact thats the main problem I have with this review. For the most part I don’t consider anything andrew wrote (until the 2nd to last paragraph) to be a spoiler. almost all of this data is in the trailer or availible through a simple google search. my main problem is that He doesnt actually review the movie. Sure he gives a grade but there is no reason for why that grade was assigned.

        • PopoK

          Okay so while I have been defending the spoilers in this review (and I maintain it), even I will admit this isn’t much of a review lol

      • PopoK

        While I get your point pretty much everything he said is in the trailer, I mean they practically give you the ending in the trailer…maybe he shouldn’t have written that one line but as a rule of thumb if I don’t want to be spoiled about a movie I never read reviews just in case.

  • Popok

    I’m so confused by people being upset by spoilers – this is a movie review if you didn’t want to be spoiled you shouldn’t have read anything related to it anyway!!

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I don’t think this review had big spoilers. Everything that was supposedly “spoiled” was really obvious if you watched the trailer.

  • Jess

    I think the main issue with this ‘review’ is it is more like a plot synopsis. I think that this review should have said more about the strong and weak points of the film rather than the plot. I’m not complaining about being spoiled because I chose to read this article but I think overall this is a very weak ‘review’ and does not really make me want to watch the film any more or less.

  • alyssamz

    The trailier seems like they are taking a really quirky approach to the movie
    which isnt really like the book at all

    but it a good idea movie wise. The book is very strange and I was surprised it was being made in to a movie at all. I wouldnt call it mass appeal.

    So quirky funny is a good idea.
    this is going better then expected :)

  • Love Good flicks

    I think this movie is going to do the impossible: be even worse than Twilight saga!

  • Abi

    it looks like an interesting concept but what an obvious plot! Just from seeing the trailer I know the whole story, I didn’t even need to read Hypable’s spoiler at the end!!

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    I read the book a long time ago, and I’ve been dreading this film. It looks like they realised this could never work as a serious film and went full on comedy. I’m looking forward to watching it now.

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