By: Morgan Guess
A love story between a zombie and a human seems far from practical and a little on the silly side. Presuming Warm Bodies to be a sick spin off of Twilight, I was floored when exiting the theater. It was not a traditional Nicholas Sparks love story, but an elusive tale with a steamy corpse played by Nicholas Hault. Hault stars as the lead zombie who doesn’t remember much of his previous life besides the first letter of his name, “R.”
When on a raid with his undead brothers, R discovers Julie, a blonde beauty with a gun searching for pharmaceuticals for her colony in post-apocalyptic Montreal. During the attack, R kills Julie’s first love Perry but is conflicted during the process. This is, of course, a zombie movie so there were a few scenes of brain munching that allows the undead to connect with humanity through the victim’s memories. At the raid R falls for Julie the moment he sees her and feels the need to protect her from his dead, flesh-hungry friends. R hides his human companion in his airplane home, which is filled with random trinkets, including a record player that’s spinning, making him feel more “alive.” R’s narration added humor to the somewhat serious story and resembled the thoughts of a human teenager. R transforms as he learns to care for, protect, and love Julie, who is skittish to the kindness but eventually learns that the undead can indeed be saved. The growing love between the two leads alluded to one of the classics, Romeo and Juliet, making it hard not to enjoy the romance. The love becomes infectious as R’s friend Marcus and the rest of the undead begin to care again. Spoiler alert: Through many adventures, the movie came to its climax when the corpses teamed up with the human colony to defeat the “bonies” or skeletal zombies too far gone to ever care again. During the chaos, Julie and R soon discover that they have sparked the cure that can bring the zombies back to life. When the undead become no longer a threat to humanity, the cement wall concealing the small colony comes crumbling down thanks to the love between R and Julie. They all live in peaceful harmony and eventually discover that the cure for the undead was simply a human’s touch and love.
Although many may regard Warm Bodies as just another abnormal love story, there are many underlying themes that make this romantic comedy a hit.