'Warm Bodies' a great blend of horror, humor

By Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comFebruary 1, 2013 

Warm Bodies is the near perfect marriage of horror and humor.

R is a zombie. He is one of many victims of an unnamed apocalyptic event. R doesn't remember much about being alive or if he even liked being alive. What R does know is that being a zombie isn't cutting it. The drive to kill and eat brains disgusts him, but it's irresistible.

One day while on a hunt for humans with others of his ilk, he kills and eats Julie's boyfriend. When a zombie eats a brain, they get a flash of the memories contained within. While reliving the boyfriend's memories, he falls in love with Julie.

He also kidnaps her. While hiding her on the airliner R calls home, they become friends. Julie also just happens to be the daughter of the leader of the human resistance against the killer dead.

As an added twist, the skin and muscle drop off of zombies that have been zombified longer than others, and they become bonies. They are the most dangerous zombies of all.

Warm Bodies is a funny flick featuring some terrific tongue-in-cheek acting and excellent narration from Nicholas Hoult (the boy in About a Boy), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), comedian and actor Rob Coddry (The Daily Show), Analeigh Tipton and John Malkovich.

The real stars are writer/director Jonathan Levine and Seattle author Isaac Marion, who wrote the book Warm Bodies. Levine's skill is an ability to explore unique human conditions in unusual ways. His last flick 50/50 was one of 2011's best and took an oddly humorous, but no-punches-pulled peek at a young man with cancer battling for his life.

Levine and Marion's Warm Bodies asks an interesting question. What if zombies could think? Using the prospect of a zombie slowly becoming human, he pokes fresh fun at R's zombie cohorts while taking good-natured shots at what it means to be human.

Director: Jonathan Levine

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Coddry, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes and some violence. It is playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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