But in fact, as directed and adapted by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) from Isaac Marion’s yearning, existential 2011 novel, Warm Bodies feels more rooted in the sort of achingly bittersweet teen “outsider” films of the ’80s.
Plus, the new film’s high-concept Romeo and Juliet premise–an overly sensitive zombie boy known only as “R” falls for Julie, a pretty, apocalypse survivor –is nicely grounded by honest, likable performances by British actor Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, A Single Man, X-Men: First Class, and next month’s Jack the Giant Slayer) and Australian actress Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the upcoming Terrence Malick film Knight of Cups). Warm Bodies also stars Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and John Malkovich.
I sat down in Chicago a few weeks ago to chat with the with the equally charming Hoult and Palmer about Warm Bodies, the Zen of Zombies, and little chocolates made to look like pebbles.
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