Warm Bodies - Review
Nicholas Hoult provides the heart in this undead zom-rom-com…
Warm Bodies sees Skins and X Men star Nicholas Hoult play R, a zombie who, if you ignore the whole 'being dead and eating people's brains' thing, is a nice guy just trying to find some purpose in his otherwise uneventful afterlife.
Unlike pretty much every other movie centred around shuffling corpses, the hero of Warm Bodies is a zombie himself, and this allows for some brilliant interior monologues from R.
Although he appears a vacant, groaning monster to the outside world, the audience are shown that beneath the dead flesh lies the spark of life, as R describes his days spent attempting conversation with his grunting best friend M (Rob Corddry) and eating the brains of the living in order to experience their memories.
With his floppy hair, hoodie and monosyllabic attempts at communication, R comes across as an emo teen, but a chance meeting with the very much alive Julie (Teresa Palmer) - just after he has eaten her boyfriend - kickstarts his heart and sparks a change that has ramifications for human and zombie alike.
After rescuing Julie from his fellow zombies he takes her back to his airport lair, where he tries to win her affections whilst keeping her from being munched on by his fellow undead - and away from the even nastier 'bonies', terrifying creatures who have completely given up on any sense of humanity.
Julie gradually begins to warm towards R, but in a Romeo and Juliet style twist faces strong opposition from her military leader father, played by John Malkovich, who is very anti-undead after losing Julie's mother to zombiedom.
Despite a rather thin story, a few huge plot holes and some occasionally shonky CGI (particularly for the bonies) Warm Bodies is still an enjoyable romp with some very funny moments.
Hoult in particular is highly watchable, and while you might not want to rush to the cinema to watch it, Warm Bodies would make perfect Sunday afternoon viewing - when you're maybe feeling a little zombieish yourself…
Gavin Cullen @mtvuknews
MTV.co.uk verdict: 6/10