Saturday, 6 April 2013

Setting A Non-example

Aka: How many bad examples can be set in a single film?

Before my trip to New York and Washington DC, Jack and I headed to the cinema to see Warm Bodies. It was quite funny and nicely satirical, but that's not what you immediately remember afterwards. Instead, we got out and began to compile a list of bad examples set by the film. Here is part of that list:

  1. Kidnap is an acceptable start to a romance.
  2. If kidnapping her once doesn't work, keep trying.
  3. Zombies can't tell you're human if you pretend to be like them.
  4. Eating the brains of your obsession's dead ex is romantic.
  5. Chased by zombies? Show them some love.
  6. Not pointing out the overlooked but easily accessible entry/exit point into your otherwise completely locked-down compound is a good idea.
  7. Every dead dude can look human with enough cosmetics plastered onto their face.
  8. Falling? Quick, grab a zombie - don't worry about them, you'll both survive so long as you land on top.
  9. It's good if you're bleeding.
  10. You can survive being shot so long as you're not shot in the brain.
  11. Fix the apocalypse and the world will fix itself.
I'll stop, but you could go on for a while. Yet get passed that and Warm Bodies is quite a fu- no wait. The next thing you notice is the blatant attempt at some sort of Romeo and Juliet and zombies parody. The main dude is R (Romeo), the girl is Julie (Juliet), R's best friend is Marc (Mercutio), Julie's ex was Perry (Paris) and her best friend was Nora (Nurse)... But I say attempt because something's been forgotten - Romeo and Juliet, was not a romance!!!!!! (Sorry, it pisses me off...). And Warm Bodies is quite definitely a romance. A rom-com (or zom-rom-com...) but still a romance. The plot was even pretty similar, with more zombies (much more).

Now, finally, onto what I was saying in the first paragraph of this post: It's quite funny and nicely satirical. At it's heart, Warm Bodies is a funny, somewhat sarcastically-toned film on how technology is hampering human interaction. It's a nice theme to go on, and something I don't think anyone could really say was a false statement, but the problem is that the message is hidden under all that mess above. The first five minutes explicitly points out how attached we all are to technology, and then the message sort of gets dropped. Sure, it's human interaction that made the zombies come back to life, but the whole technology aspect is - so much as I can recollect - never mentioned again.

It would have been an okay film without the message, and most probably dubbed as a chick flick - who am I kidding, it kind of is mostly - and if it had gone through more with said message (but not in a beat-em-around-the-head way like Wall.E which I absolutely hated) then it would have been fantastic, if probably less viewed. But doing a half-job like they did was frankly disappointing.

Still giving it a ...6.5/10. It gets a 7.3/10 on the imdb - may have to pick up the book it was based off at one point, apparently it's darker and there's less of the corny romance.

See you next time,
Zahra.

All film review posts: Warm Bodies, Rise of the Guardians, Django Unchained, Revolver, Breaking Dawn, In Time.

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