It’s been a while since I’ve talked about a book here, so I figured it would be fitting to throw this in as a little combo post here. I just went and saw the movie Warm Bodies today, and a friend gave me the book to read a few months ago (which I only finished this past week, shame on me), so I thought I would review the two together!
I’ll start with the book I guess, but I want to throw out there that the movie adaptation is insanely similar to the book. I was really pleased with how accurate the translation from book to screen was.
Written by Isaac Marion, the book is essentially about a zombie living in a post-apocalyptic world, wandering around, doing nothing with other zombies. We call our narrator “R”, since he can’t remember his real name, or anything about his old life. He thinks just like we do, and he’s one of the few zombies that can still think and question things like a real human. He communicates in very short sentences with his fellow zombies, usually consisting of 3-5 words, but his inner narration is really very funny. R has quite the sense of humor about his life. Long story short, he meets a human girl, and somehow has this emotional connection to her, which then sparks a love story/action story/comedy.
It’s wayyyyy better than you expect it to be. I’m very much over this whole “Teen Paranormal Romance” plot line (think Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, all of these shitty new monster movies, zombie movies, werewolf movies, etc.), but this book offers something different. It’s not the same story you’ve heard a million times, and for that reason it’s really charming and also surprisingly hilarious. It’s great because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you’ve seen Being Human, it’s similar to that in the fact that there’s a lot of satire and self-deprecating humor.
I feel like I don’t have much to say about the movie other than the fact that it was an amazing translation of the book. Everything important was there, and I really liked that. My boy Nicholas Hoult (from Skins UK) plays the main character, and also Dave Franco and John Malkovich play pretty great supporting characters. I mean it’s John Malkovich so…
The girl who plays Julie (the lead female) is also surprisingly likable and very much like the book character; I thought she did an awesome job. Also it’s worth noting that Nicholas Hoult’s facial expressions in this movie are enough to make me want to see it again. He always looks so painfully uncomfortable, it’s amazing.
I highly recommend that you read the book before you see the movie, it shouldn’t take more than a day or so (unless you’re me and read 3/4 of a book one day and then don’t finish it until two months later).