By Maria Perry |Staff Writer|
“Warm Bodies” is not just another zombie movie.
The film’s main focus isn’t always on zombies attacking humans or getting their head shot off, but the importance love has in a person’s or monster’s (if that is an accurate term) life.
It shows the power love has through the ever-growing bond between zombie and human and how sometimes the most gruesome monsters lie inside of us.
“Warm Bodies” is number one in the box office. The film is also based on a novel by Isaac Marion, with a screenplay written by Jonathan Levine.
The cast includes John Malkovich as Grigio, Julie’s zombie-killing father; Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie that is not like the other zombies; and Teresa Palmer as Julie, a girl who is fed up with her father Grigio’s need to protect her in a zombie-ridden world
“Warm Bodies” gives us a new perspective on a monster that is usually seen from one side, since most wouldn’t view zombies as sentient creatures because they are too busy maintaining their hunger for human brains or flesh. This new perspective is further emphasized by the fact that the story is narrated by a zombie.
They humanize the zombies even more when they start to have them show emotions that humans would normally have, such as guilt when, in the past, zombies have usually been portrayed as creatures, which only really have one focus: survival.
The movie emphasizes that it takes more than just food to keep people going. Humans are very social creatures that seek to be understood by others.
“Warm Bodies” doesn’t just associate this necessity to the humans hunting the zombies but also to the zombies themselves.
The zombies also experience prejudice like many people do in their lives, it is just a different type of prejudice. They were commonly thought to only be able to grunt but when the humans made contact, they learned they can also talk.
They are also associated with the monsters that are completely apathetic to the world and only want one thing, they also have a sense of how things were and how things could be and form relationships with other zombies and humans, protecting them from harm or keeping them out of danger.
Although R was not able to understand why he was protecting a human, he was able to understand she was in danger. In doing this, he showed that he cared for the enemy enough to protect them and never wanted to actually hurt anyone.
Before meeting R, Julie had only one opinion about zombies. Her father had expressed that they were dangerous creatures that will kill no matter what. When R didn’t eat her right away, she probably thought he was saving her for later. However, she gradually realized that he was protecting her.
“Warm Bodies” further emphasizes the idea that though we all look different, speak different and have different ideas, we all experience the same emotions.