Hypable Movie Review: ‘Warm Bodies’

3:45 pm EDT, 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.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
Related: Arrested Development season 4 drinking game

Marvel fans aren’t pleased with the twist in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.

By now you know that Steve Rogers is revealed to be a Hydra agent in the first issue of the new Captain America: Steve Rogers series (Read our in-depth analysis of the new issue here). Naturally this news — that ultimate do-gooder Cap would be so evil — has not sat well with fans.

The general consensus is that this shit is unacceptable…

http://cairistiona7.tumblr.com/post/144914269536/we-may-not-agree-on-stucky-we-may-not-agree-on

… And the only thing to do is ignore it:

http://contradictoryfrankie.tumblr.com/post/144924573033/marvel-seriously

http://antis0cial1diot.tumblr.com/post/144916043048/basically-how-the-scene-went-down

Others think Marvel need a taste of their own medicine:

http://demigod-who-crashed-the-impala.tumblr.com/post/144916277135/marvel-needs-to-sign-its-own-sokovia-accords

And/or need to fire their lame-o writers:

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Then there are beautiful Photoshops like this one of Chris Evans’ Captain America ripping up a tree the comic:

http://epicgeekdom.tumblr.com/post/144924279502/after-hearing-captain-america-has-always-been

Some people are Photoshopping the comic to make him say things that are just as outrageous as him being a HYDRA agent:


http://codyjohnston.tumblr.com/post/144920242899/marvel-how-could-you

While others are giving him a different revelation — one concerning Bucky. This is the twist that SHOULD be in the new Captain America series

http://fukinweeeb.tumblr.com/post/144923721446/guys-i-found-the-real-version-calm-down

http://saltikitti.tumblr.com/post/144918179067/here-i-fixed-it

Marvel, please write yourself out of this one as quickly as possible.

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… Before you start coming up with other outrageous revelations

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Emilia Clarke proves there is more to Dothraki than death threats in a recent appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Clarke, who plays the indomitable Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, sets Meyers straight on the fact that Dothraki is, in fact, a real language created for the show. Linguist David J. Peterson crafted Dothraki, and all of the other fictional languages used on Game of Thrones — but even after six seasons, his words present Clarke with a continual challenge.

“You get it in English, at the top in the first script, it’s like, ‘This will be in Dothraki,'” Clarke recounts of her learning process. Following English is the Dothraki speech, followed by a literal translation, and then finally the dialogue in spoken English.

“And then I get an MP3, and then my kitchen hears it for weeks and weeks and weeks on end, until I sound convincing,” Clarke says.

But given the opacity (and complete invention) of the Dothraki language, Emilia Clarke admits that there have been times when she replaced her lines with something a little more… interesting.

“With the latest marvelous actors we’ve had doing Dothraki with us, it was a long day,” Clarke admits, giggling. Not realizing that the camera was on her, Clarke allowed a moment of silliness to take over.

“I thought it would be funny if I did ‘MMMBop’ in Dothraki,” she says. “And that didn’t help him at all! And then I think some of that was definitely my take.”

Ever game, Clarke dives in to her rendition of the Hanson hit, translated into the language of the brutal horse lords.

“I can’t stress how much less catchy that is!” Meyers laughs.

Game of Thrones 6×06, “Blood of My Blood,” airs Sunday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.