|Cut to me pulling out a zombie movie. Because nothing says romance like the undead.|
Zombies are a hard thing to pull off well. Sure, there are countless zombie films out there but finding ones that are genuinely good is a bit tricky. There are the obvious choices, like Night of the Living Dead and it's sequels (three of them, at least). Then you've got the punk classic Return of the Living Dead and the Fulci films. It's when we approach the modern day that we notice a bigger trend towards things not being great. Movies like World War Z or the Resident Evil series just toss us into action movies and want us to accept them. For my money though, I think Warm Bodies is actually one of the better zombie movies to come out in the last decade.
|"He likes Warm Bodies? GET HIM!!"|
|Yes, I think the movie about a dead guy in a red hoodie is a posterchild for saving the zombie genre.|
|Does that mean that all monster love stories involving handsome men are like Twilight now?|
|While also still being a story about an awkward guy falling for a girl after his friends ate her friends.|
|Which is good, since most of the movie is inner monologue.|
The movie also acts as a pretty interesting commentary on society, with how the zombies are basically an allegory for homeless people. Everyone knows they're out there but we can always just feel safe in our comfy area, and if they come into our territory we can always run them out of there. It's not like they really matter, right? Yeah, maybe that's just me and my programmed "looking for meaning" sense because of so many Romero films full of social commentary, but I can't help but see it. People treat homelessness like a disease or plague. It's something to avoid, to not talk about until it's too late, or to feel bad about when you see it from afar. Seeing the undead as they sadly meander about, just trying to live what little life they have left before they ultimately fall apart and become...well, weird CGI skeleton things. It resonates with me and how I see people living o nthe streets treated.
|"Maybe I should play the guitar, do some busking, you know? They might toss me a few brains."|
|"So, you're saying two guys fought over this bland girl and then a war almost happened because she got pregnant?"|