Warm Bodies (2012)


Jonathan Levine directs Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich in this zombie meets girl romantic comedy.  

A pleasant surprise exceeding all my low expectations. The romance is sweetly and swiftly laid out, the chase sequences are the work of someone who understands terror and the comedy is light yet sharp. I’m no fan of Palmer, and here she carries on her jerky blend of dead eyed prettiness and gurning over emoting that irritates me so. Hoult though is becoming a genre stalwart. He can do big (see Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road) and he can do restrained (see his Beast in the current X-Men phase), here he somehow does both. Convincingly dead yet full of charm.



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