ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Warm Bodies: Wherefore Art Thou Zombieo?

Updated on April 16, 2014

Trailers are notorious for misrepresenting movies. Some of you may have a hard time remembering the last time you went to see a movie and walked away saying "Yeah, that's exactly what I thought it was."

With that in mind, the trailer for Warm Bodies had a tough job to accomplish. You really can't understand and appreciate the type of movie it is until you see it for yourself.

Which means that the only job the trailer really has to accomplish is intrigue the viewer enough to make them want to check it out out of curiosity.

And it definitely worked well that way for me.

But First, the story

The movie opens with a closeup of and voice-over narration by R (Nicholas Hoult). He's a walking corpse 'living' at a rundown airport with hundreds of other corpses. He doesn't remember his life before he died, but he's pretty sure his name started with an 'R'.

Don't get hung up on the fact that the voice-over narration is much more articulate than his monosyllabic grunting would indicate.

It's that kind of movie. Get over it.

Anyway, one day he and a bunch of compatriot corpses—including his 'friend' M (Rob Corddry)—comes across a group of humans who had been sent out of their walled-in haven to find necessary medical supplies. They attack and feast, and that's when R sees Julie (Teresa Palmer).

Something changes inside him and he realizes that he just has to protect her. He takes her 'home' and begs his mom to let him keep her.

"I promise I'll feed her and walk her and clean up after her. And she can sleep at the foot of my bed."

Okay, so I may have strayed a bit from the plot there, but that's as far as I'm going to explain.

Dot dot dot

The movie is based on the Isaac Marion novel and definitely comes across as a reaction and response to Twilight. It comes complete with a voice-over narration by a pale mindless zombie, only this time it's the male. But he does fall in love with a woman who is basically Kristen Stewart if she were a real human.

But from a more classical standpoint, I'd point out that there are serious parallels with Shakespeare. R(omeo) falls in love with Julie(t), has a friend M(ercutio), and has a run-in with her friend Perry(Paris) (Dave Franco). There's even a balcony scene.

Where it differs from Twilight most noticeably is in genre. Whereas Twilight is basically the prototypical paranormal romance, Warm Bodies constantly moves almost seamlessly from zombie movie to comedy, drama, rom-com, and action. And it frequently plays very easily as two or three of those genres at the same time.

Warm Bodies trailer

My biggest complaints with the movie are simple:

  • I'm not a big fan of zombie movies in general simply because I don't really enjoy the gore and such that typically accompanies them. In this one, there are about three moments where gore-o-phobes might be slightly tested, but it's still a PG-13 movie and if you can get past those, the rest is quite enjoyable.
  • There is one usage of the F word that I really feel wasn't necessary, but its use is actually very very funny.
  • This is a fairly criminal usage of John Malcovich as Julie's father, the leader of the human defenses. I can never complain about any usage of Mr. Malcovich, but he is very under-used here.

Overall, though, if you can simply accept that the movie is what it is, it's extremely funny and enjoyable.

But What Do You Think?

4 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Warm Bodies

For me, this one gets a 7 / 10. (It'd probably be rated higher, but it's such a unique and off-beat experience that it's really hard to judge fully.)

Warm Bodies is rated PG-13 for zombie and action violence, some language (including one very funny 'F yeah') and a little sensuality.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)