The romance side of Warm Bodies wasn’t as bad as I expected, and it was in fact very funny and incredibly self-aware, especially when R (Nicholas Hoult) chides himself for blankly staring at Jules in his zombie, half-dead way, deeming it creepy. The film is packed with gems like this, where the thoroughly zombified R keeps an ongoing narrative throughout, often which give a humorous insight into the world of R, his ‘home’, and best friend (if zombies can have best friends, that is) M. Even the comparisons to Romeo and Juliet aren't massively pronounced, and only if you're really looking for the references and comparisons will you find them.
|Julie (Teresa Palmer) and R (Nicholas Hoult).|
|The bonies. Creepy, right?|
I really didn’t want, or even expect to like Warm Bodies, but I did. While in some places it’s a bit clichéd (what else can you expect from a teen paranormal romance?!) it is genuinely funny, amazingly self-aware and, dare I say it, actually quite enjoyable.
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