Imagine the inner dialogue of the walking dead. Do they grunt and moan internally to mirror their outward vocal patterns, or do they mentally ponder everything around them in grammatically-coherent sentences expressed with human-like emotions?
This latter scenario is far more tragic — a situation where a wandering corpse is actually a wandering soul trapped within the confines of a bloodthirsty, uninhabited and uncontrollable monster.
Sure sounds like a rough life, especially if you’re a zombie who falls in love with a girl yet are unable to express your feelings properly. Even rougher if that whole falling-in-love thing is preceded by chowing down on the flesh and brains of the girl’s boyfriend.
Such is the case of “Warm Bodies,” a frequently creative and often enjoyable romantic zombie comedy from writer/director Jonathan Levine (“The Wackness,” “50/50”).
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, the story picks up in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam, with voiceover narration being delivered from 20-something zombie named “R” (he can’t remember his name, just the first letter), played by Nicholas Hoult (“About a Boy”).
R follows a crew of zombies on a raid for food, and kills/eats the boyfriend (Dave Franco) of Julie (Teresa Palmer).
In a unique spin on the genre, a zombie’s consumption of brains provides him/her with the memories of that particular human. In this case, R receives Julie’s boyfriend’s memories and immediately falls head over heels for the girl — keeping her safe by taking her away from the attack and bringing her to his airplane cabin zombie pad to listen to vinyl records and “bond.”
The interactions between R and the human world are frequently funny, as the former tries to express his intentions and emotions in hilariously limited ways.