A surprisingly touching and tender movie, despite it’s loose horror theme, Warm Bodies is an unexpected gem of a rom-com.
The special effects in all but a few scenes are realistic enough, and the makeup is fantastic, but the real driving force behind this delightful movie is the actors. Nicholas Hoult is stellar as the love-struck zombie, R, and almost impossible to look away from. The way his face fills with all the hope and fear and love and vulnerability R feels without ever betraying his undead characteristics or saying more than a few words at a time is amazing to watch. Teresa Palmer is also excellent as Julie, the object of R’s affections and Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton (M and Nora, respectively)’s few lines are some of the movie’s best.
While I had hoped for a bit more comedy, as this is classified as one, I was still endlessly entertained and thrilled by Warm Bodies, and blown away again and again by Hoult’s performance.
There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that this movie was designed for those who had read and loved the book, rather than as a movie that could stand on its own. There are gaps in the movie that are filled in the book, so for those people who hate this movie and are dismissing it as Twilight-esque, I encourage you to read the books. I think this movie would be better enjoyed as a companion to the novel. Nonetheless, it was highly exciting and enjoyable and stuck to the original story about as much as could be expected. Some highlights for the movie were the inclusion of some of the funnier lines from the book, which sets the story apart nicely, and Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan who play Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis to perfection. It’s no fantastic, it’s not horrible, it is just what you would expect – a funny, action-packed and enjoyable movie best enjoyed along with the novels rather than as an alternative.
WARNING: If you have only read the first book than I suggest waiting to see this until you have read City of Glass, as they added some major spoilers for some reason!
Due to my fear of blood I was unable to watch all of The Hunger Games, but I did manage to watch it in between the goriest parts. The movie takes the book’s brilliance and transfers it easily to the big screen, and while it is not by any means as good as the book, it is a worthy companion to it. I was disappointed by the elimination of certain characters (Madge) from the book, but understand why it was necessary. The cast are all fantastic and captured their roles perfectly – Jennifer Lawrence storms onto screen as the fiercely protective Katniss while Josh Hucherson’s Peeta, with his charming, easygoing quality balances her out perfectly. Well worth the watch, whether you’re a fan of the books or not.
Many many amazing movies based on Young Adult books have been released in recent years, and hopefully there are many more to come. So I would like to give a brief rundown of what I think about the trailers for some of these movies, and maybe a little about casting and other production elements as well.
So, without further ado….
My review of the trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones!
While it’s pretty evident that some things have been changed from the books, alot of what we have seen of the movie so far looks quite similar and I doubt there will be any incredibly drastic changes from the story. They have included some funny lines as well which I like, as the humour is one thing that sets these books apart from some other YA novels – we can only hope there are plenty more funny lines in the movie itself and they haven’t used them all up in the trailer. All in all I think it looks like a great action-adventure-romance, exactly what a movie based on City of Bones should be.
Here’s a link to the extended trailer if you haven’t seen it yet (or if you just want to watch it again!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGpmp_CUty4