Movie Review: Warm Bodies

The new zombie film Warm Bodies isn’t officially out until February 1st, however, because my friend is a Stubs member at AMC, I was able to get free advance screening passes for this past Wednesday.

For those who haven’t heard of the film, it is based on the book of the same title by Isaac Marion. After a former student shared a trailer for the film, I knew I had to see it. I didn’t know it was a book. When I stumbled upon the book at the store, I bought it and devoured it in a night. It was fantastic! (See my review here.)

When my friend mentioned she had the tickets, I jumped at the chance and was able to bring my two sisters, who also enjoyed the film.

If you’ve read the book and are expecting it to be the same, stop. It’s very different. However, despite the differences, I thought the film was just as good as the book, just in a different way. I loved the portrayal of R, and while I was annoyed that the actress chosen for Nora was not black (like she is in the book), I thought the actress was decent in the role.

But it’s R that really shines. The actor that plays him is fantastic. There’s very little dialogue from him. At least, words that come out of his mouth. Most of what we hear from him comes from his thoughts. And let me tell you, between him and M, I was laughing a lot. The whole theater was.

The film is well done, too. When R starts to change, it is subtle at first, but if viewers pay attention, you can definitely see as he starts to speak a little more clearly, becomes a little less pale, and walks a little more like a human.

Any fan of zombie films should check it out. Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s also a comedy. Check it out when it comes to theaters on February 1st!

Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

I had originally purchased this book thinking my students would enjoy it. I teach the seventh grade. However, this book is most definitely not appropriate for students or younger readers. Despite some reviews I’ve seen, it’s not for young adults. I also should state that I should not have purchased any books that day, and I limited myself to just the one, but it was well worth the purchase and it will be reread.

I did enjoy reading the novel. In fact, I fell in love with the zombie, R. This is the second zombie novel I’ve read for adults, and I enjoyed the perspective of the zombie. It’s very different from other zombie related novels, and for that I was grateful.

The change R makes as he starts to regain his humanity is fascinating. I enjoyed the world Marion built, and how the world of the zombies mirrored the world of the humans. And while R regains his humanity, Julie’s father loses his. It makes the reader begin to question what exactly makes one human, and what makes one a monster.

I did see the film (more on that in another post) and it is very different from the book.

Fans of the novel Breathers by S.G. Browne should love this novel. It is available in multiple formats at bookstores everywhere, including Amazon. 

Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K: Boston, May 5, 2012

I survived.

I mean, I survived the day, but not the race. Sort of?

I didn’t win, I mean to say. I was definitely dead. I lost all my flags, but I DID complete the race – my first ever 5K – even if I did come in 386 out of 393 in my heat. My time was 1:41:54.4

Not good, I know, but not bad considering the entire course was mud and I fell half the time I tried to run.

Still, it was a blast. I enjoyed every moment and it was well worth the pain. Even today I feel aches in my legs and ribs, yet I feel accomplished. After all, I did run part of it, and I screamed a lot at zombies.

By a lot of mud I mean HOLY MUD. Up to my HIPS in mud at some points. And I was filthy at the end. It was pretty awesome.

The picture to the left shows my friend, Jess -sorry I stole your picture! – in one of the water obstacles. It was a river of mud with logs tossed it. When I passed by this area, someone behind me came running through very fast and face-planted right in the skunk cabbage. Nasty!

If you want more pictures, check out the website: Run For Your Lives