Warm Bodies: Romeo and Juliet with Zombies

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Warm Bodies: Romeo and Juliet with Zombies

Post  Aslinn Dhan on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:54 pm

Okay, so I watched Warm Bodies the other night and I have to say that I really enjoyed this little bit of fluff. Basically it is Romeo and Juliet told through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Meet Julie, the human girl who goes on a search party with her boyfriend and a few others. When most of her group is beset by zombies, she is one of the survivors, saved by R, the zombie who has a running internal monologue through the film.

The world has ended according to R by the coming of the zombie virus and he is one of the walking dead in an airport. He explains a lot about the evolution of the virus by telling us there are times he feels strange, like he could be normal if he could just hold on to bits of humanity. He doesn't really remember his name but he does remember his first name began with R. In flashbacks, he tells us that people were normal on the day the world ended and normal was everyone was on their iPhones and Smartpads and other devices, moving around but not really connecting with each other. He has a best friend, a zombie who sits in the airport lounge and he sits next to him and they try to talk to each other in sort of grunts it is really frustrating because he would like to make contact but they have forgotten how to do that. (Does that sound familiar?)

There are two sorts of zombies in their world: the corpses, which is what he is, and the boneys, which are zombies who have just given up and they tear off their skin and they just let go of whatever humanity they might still have lingering. One of the ways that zombies have to reconnect with their former lives is to eat the brains of the living. When they do they have all the memories of the person whose brains they have eaten.

That is how he came to be attached to Julie. He ate her non-committal boyfriend's brains. He keeps her safe until he has to get her out but by then, there are other zombies who are sort of waking up as well and they help R and Julie escape.

Julie's dad is the leader of the humans and he has no love for the zombies. When Julie finally leaves R and returns to the humans, R runs into the group of awakening zombies and they tell him the boneys are after him and Julie and he has to warn her.

Suffice it to say, the zombies team up with the humans to fight the boneys and they awaken to their former human selves and they even teach the humans to reconnect to each other. This cute little fluff is entertaining and funny as it bounces off the old zombie cliches and he struggles to be less creepy and more human and there is an interesting sort of moral story to the film. That is don't let the little things you hold so dear turn you into a zombie. Reconnect and reclaim the human connection and be face to face communicators in your life and in the lives of others. Otherwise you could loose your self and become a boney...someone with no humanity who hates the world and lets the world know it.

Give Warm Bodies a shot....you will like it....

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