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Warm Bodies

I read the book. I loved the book. I saw the film. I sort of liked the film.

I’m terrible when I see the film of a book I’ve read. I constantly compare it to the book and point out all the bits the film has missed out or changed. Yeah, don’t come and see a film with me if you know I’ve read the book 🙂

The main things for me that are not quite right in the film are:

– R was wearing a suit and tie. He liked the plane because when he was alive he’d clearly spent a lot of time there. Also his pre-apocalyspe suit and tie made him stand out when he went to see Julie. Obviously the dirty hoodie and the hint at being jobless fit more with the slacker teenage audience…

– No time was spent exploring the zombie culture. The bonies had much more depth and held the zombies in fear in the book. I guess R having a zombie wife and kids doesn’t fit with the demographics for the film audience?

– The zombies were just too ‘fresh’ and alive looking. It means that you really don’t see much of a transformation on-screen for when they start the change. Even when the make up is put on R, he doesn’t really look that much different.

– The ending. All those zombies and humans living and learning together? I guess they needed a happy ending with closure?

Warm Bodies - RAs a standalone film though it wasn’t bad. A bit too soft-soaped romantic Romeo and Juliette styled for me though. I don’t like chick flicks though. I though Nick Hoult was fantastic as R. He really raised the film for me. His mannerisms and facial expressions just added the right touch of quirky comedy to the film.

The bonies were pretty good although they did remind me quite a bit of the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts!

All in all not too bad, if you forget about the book…

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Warm BodiesThis book was on my Kindle wish list for about a year. Why you ask? Well, I liked the blurb for the storyline and though it might be a quirky take on the usual zombie storyline, but it was the bit in the blurb about it being a ‘zombie Twilight’. I don’t like Twilight…

I realised that the film of the book was coming out this year, so I thought I’d better get my skates on. Here’s the trailer for the film –

The world is now overrun with zombies and ‘R’ is one of those zombies. The zombies are a pretty mindless bunch, but ‘R’ knows he was once human and had a name but he can’t remember what it was. He knows it began with an ‘R’. The zombies just mill around all day in the airport hoard, occasionally riding the escalators when they come on or herding off to feed on the remaining humans. They follow a sort of parody of their old living lives, even creating zombie family units with the zombie children.

On one of these raids, ‘R’  eats a male human called Perry and instantly starts to get flashes of his life, including his girlfriend Julie, who us also about to be eaten. Instead of eating her, ‘R’ masks her with zombie blood and saves here, taking her back to the airport.

At the airport their relationship starts to develop, with Julia starting to trust ‘R’ and ‘R’ becoming more human-like with words and thought. It is a sort of black comedy Romeo and Juliet story. I don’t want to go into the storyline anymore in case it creates some spoilers or people.

I’ve got to admit, the thought od reading a book with a zombie as a romantic hero just seemed kind of wrong, but believe me, this story and the characters really work. I even loved the other zombies! Go with the flow and you’ll be pulled into this postapocalyptic world so easily. You won’t want to leave…