Genre: Zom Rom Com
Running Time: 1 hour 37 mins.
Premise: Boy zombie, R. (Nicholas Hoult), falls in love with human girl (Teresa Palmer), and starts to come back to the living as their relationship blossoms. Things would be great if girl's father (John Malkovich) wasn't dead set on killing all zombies, and evil skeleton-looking creatures called "Bonies" weren't after them.
Behind-the-Scenes: Based on the YA book by Isaac Marion.
The Good: A love story between a human and zombie is a tricky one to pull off, especially when the story requires the juggling of disparate genre elements like horror, comedy, and romance. But writer-director Jonathan Levine (who previously helmed the fantastic 50/50) strikes just the right tone, and injects a lot of heart in the film. Hoult and Palmer make for an engaging couple - some of their scenes together aboard R.'s makeshift homebase on an abandoned airplane reminded me of Eve and Wall-E. Children's Hospital mastermind Rob Corddry is hugely enjoyable in a supporting role as R.'s best friend, and he gets the best line of the movie (which I won't spoil for you here). The soundtrack is full of fun tunes - hard to resist a movie that utilizes M83's "Midnight City" to great effect. Warm Bodies plays like a better, much cooler version of Twilight, and, with any luck, it will be just as successful as those films.
The Bad: The CGI used to create the "Bonies" looks a bit cheap - you can tell the filmmakers are working with a smaller budget than they probably needed. The end, while satisfying, takes a couple of convenient shortcuts that lessens its impact.
Should You See It?: Yes. This is the first new movie of 2013 that's worth seeing in the theater.
Rating: **** out of 5 stars.