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For years I’ve been complaining about how there are no good rom-coms anymore. Sometimes kind of loudly. And probably annoyingly.
It’s not like I’m a movie snob. I own Nacho Libre.* Enough said.
But seriously, I miss rom-coms in which I actually feel invested in the characters. Maybe I am fussier than I’d like to admit or I’ve simply been spoiled by the awesomeness of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, but the fact remains that I haven’t truly fallen for a rom-com since Dan in Real Life.**
That is, until a couple weeks ago. And a little movie called Warm Bodies.
Oh my goodness, this movie is so good. I mean, like, halfway through the movie I realized I hadn't stopped smiling since the opening.
Oh and yes, it’s a zombie movie. A zom-rom-com. Or a rom-zom-com. I’m not really a zombie genre expert, so I don’t have my labels down. But I do know I would rather see Nicholas Hoult as a zombie any day over Matthew McConaughey as...anyone.***
Here’s a quick blurb about the movie courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:
A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human - setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Reasons why this movie rocks:
- The humor. It’s So. Funny. R’s internal monologue in the beginning is alone worth the price of a movie ticket. For instance, this:
You can actually watch the first few minutes of Warm Bodies here.
- The zombie. I had no idea zombies made such awesome and sympathetic POV characters. And for once, Hollywood didn't ask me to fall for a main character just because of his abs. R is incredibly funny, but also sensitive, reflective and as all heroes should be, plenty flawed. I mean, the guy eats brains, so...well, and there's the dead thing...
- The romance. Some people are picky about special effects or acting chops. Me? I just want to see the kind of romance Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert gave us in It Happened One Night. Warm Bodies delivered with a romance that's so well developed and a tension that holds through the entire movie.
- The story. Simply put, the story is charming.
And yet...it's more than charming. Because even days after seeing Warm Bodies, I was thinking about the metaphor of it all. There was this undercurrent of longing through the whole story, a sense of "It doesn't have to be this way."
And when I think about humanity and the daily "death" all around us, well, I feel like there's that same whisper of truth coursing through creation: It doesn't have to be this way. There's more. There's life.
But now I'm getting serious, and I usually save that for Fridays. :) So stay tuned for more Warm Bodies chatter on Friday.
In the meantime, what's the best movie you've seen lately? How do you feel about zombies?
p.s. Warm Bodies also transported me back to high school Spanish class when we learned this song: Me Novio Es Un Zombie (My Boyfriend is a Zombie). And yeah...it's been in my head ever since. In case you'd like to torture yourself too, have a listen here. The zombie chorus starts about two minutes in.
p.p.s. Okay, for anyone concerned about the gross factor. I only had to cover my eyes once during the movie. :) Yeah, there's a little brain-eating in the beginning. But if you can watch the orcs in Lord of the Rings, this won't bother you. And interestingly, later on when we see R again eating brains (mostly non-grossly), it's actually one of the most emotional moments of the whole movie.
*And can quote it liberally. “These are the Lord’s chips.”
**Which is fabulous, by the way. And which I also love to quote. “This corn is an angel.”
***I'm sorry, I'm just not a fan.