Movie Mention: Warm Bodies

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love this particular movie poster, because I'm a HUGE fan of "Love Story" and the reference brings me a smile.

I love this particular movie poster, because I’m a HUGE fan of “Love Story” and the reference brings me a smile.

On Monday night, I went and saw Warm Bodies–the movie that takes our normally feared zombie creatures and turns them into potential dates.

When a young zombie man, R, saves Julie from becoming a zombie herself, the two trigger a heartbeat in the living dead, changing everything. Click here for more information and/or a trailer.

This movie is smart, cute, and full of fun (if you consider war between zombies and the unsatisfied Bonies fun…which it is. Seriously.) Nicholas Hoult does a great job, bringing an introspective zombie boy to life. (To life? Can I say that since he’s dead? I think so.) My only complaint (seriously…my ONLY) is that I wish the heroine was more capable. I felt like she was only there to spark the catalyst and then be saved…numerous times…even when she probably didn’t deserve it. However, my overall opinion of the movie was great!

Whether you’re with your special loved one or with no one at all today, this is a great movie to see.

Warm Bodies is also (and originally) a novel by Isaac Marion. Click here if you’d prefer reading this dark and lovely tale.

If you’re a zombie fan, and you’re looking for more undead entertainment, check out Carrie Ryan’s “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” book series here. The trilogy is probably my favorite zombie tale. World War Z is also fantastic (but it’s very much a political metaphor–nothing like the Brad Pitt movie that’s about to come out. However, I’m excited to see that as well.)


P.S. I’m delighted to announce that I have a new page coming on February 16th. Be sure to check it out!

28 Responses to “Movie Mention: Warm Bodies”

  1. travels with mary February 14, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    I didn’t like the first Forest of Hands and Teeth (for the same “incapable heroine” reasons), but the series totally got me hooked on zombies!

    • Shannon Thompson February 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      I could see that. The first one was the worst. I loved the last two, and I really respected how she doesn’t even use the zombie word because she made them her own.

      • travels with mary February 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

        yes!! I got to talk to her when I was working on MA in Children’s Literature– she came to one of our classes. She’s a really lovely woman and definitely talked about her love of zombies and wanting to make them her own!

      • Shannon Thompson February 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

        That must have been really cool!

  2. Emma February 14, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    I saw this last Friday night and enjoyed it. The music was excellent and I think it helped set the mood. And R and Julie and the balcony scene! I’m so glad he never remembered his real name, better to let the audience guess.

  3. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Sounds like a zombie version of Twighlight.

  4. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Beautiful words for a beautiful day 🙂
    Happy valentine’s day

    A. H. Amin

  5. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    If you feel uncreative my advice would be leaving your screen, give sometime for your subconscious to form an idea. Best ideas forms from the subconscious since our consciousness is too busy with our reality.
    The trick is to learn how to summon it. That depends on you. My way is either jogging or listening to music.
    Sounds weird but I hope you’ll try it. One of the important parts in being a writer is knowing when to stop.

    Happy writing

    ~ A. H. Amin

  6. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Thanks for the links. :$

  7. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Unfortunately not available for the Middle East

  8. ahamin February 14, 2013 at 6:32 am #


  9. wordschat February 14, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    As I said in my review it is competently acted but for a Romeo & Juliet of the undead it is way to heavy on talk and needless constant pop soundtrack. Like Nice Hoult dislike the movie. Watch The Walking Dead TV series instead or Micheal Vera in Zombie land.

    • Shannon Thompson February 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Zombieland is a must! Very good movie.
      I think Warm Bodies is cute, and I use that word in agreements with your “Romeo & Juliet” statement. These zombies aren’t close to horror. This movie is very much centralized on a love story.

  10. slepsnor February 14, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Great review. I’ve been wondering about this movie and I don’t trust critics who get paid to write reviews. They always annoy me. Thanks.

  11. "The Light-Bearer Series" Novelist, Emily Guido February 14, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU!!! Muah! Lots of love, Emily 🙂

  12. Michelle Proulx February 14, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I loved the scene with R and his friend where they just sit at the table in the airport groaning at each other for a full minute. Brilliant.

  13. theaspiringmoviecritic February 14, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I really like this review because it’s to the point but still holds enough detail to let readers decide whether its something they’d wanna see. I’ll have to check this one out for a future review

  14. Kyle Burton February 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    It really is a charming movie. Anytime John Malkovich gets to do something a little absurd I’m game. (And thanks for the follow!)

  15. picturemereading February 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I felt the same way! 🙂

  16. margaretjeanlangstaff February 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    hahaha I was dating zombies before zombies were cool… they’re all probably really “dead” now it was so long ago….

  17. Lisa Orchard February 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following my blog! I hope I write interesting things for you! 🙂

  18. Gordon Sheaffer February 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I have been avoiding this film because I’m afraid it won’t live ( sorry) up to ‘Sean of the Dead.’

    • Shannon Thompson February 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      I think it’s a different genre. I know they are both zombies, but, in reality, these movies have different messages. This is a love story. Shaun of the Dead isn’t. It’s comedy and horror.
      Kind of like the difference between “Interview with the Vampire” and “Twilight.”

  19. Mike February 16, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    “Bonies”? This is a porno?

  20. 8020sund February 16, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I guess it was Warm Bodies that brought you there 🙂

  21. heymathe February 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to see this! thanks for the candid review not to mention stopping by my blog and following me! Much appreciated, looking forward to reading more from you!
    best, mathé


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