Again, here is something to enjoy while I am reading the next book to be reviewed. Not completely off-topic, as the movie is based on a book! :)
I saw Warm Bodies tonight with some friends, and was pleasantly surprised at how funny it was! For those who love paranormal romances like I do, this is definitely a fresh twist. I haven't read the book that the film is based on, so I can't say how the two compare (although movies usually pale in comparison to the original material!). However, I found it to be a wildly entertaining and charming film. For those of you who haven't heard about this movie, it is set in a post-apocalyptic America, where a plague has wiped out many people, and has turned some of them into zombies. Our hero, R, is a zombie, but a fairly unusual one. He still has thoughts, and hopes, and dreams. At the beginning of the film, he meets Julie, a human, (after killing her boyfriend and eating his brains...) and is surprised to learn that he is still capable of feeling emotions. He begins to fall in love with her.
In most zombie-related films I have seen, the zombies are the bad guys. Here, the writers have managed to make me empathize with them. The film portrays R as being not so bad. He just wants to feel something again, anything at all. There is a funny scene at the beginning of the film, where R thinks that it must have been nice before the plague, when people were able to feel and connect with each other; the film then cuts to a scene a busy airport, with people rushing back and forth to get to their destinations, completely ignoring each other. Everyone is staring at their phones. This is the unfortunate truth of the world today. We get caught up in our lives and our personal issues, and rarely have time to catch up with our loved ones. So, slow down for a minute, and give your mom/dad/sibling/significant other/friend a call. I'm off to do the same :)
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it." -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off