Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Warm Bodies

We saw this at the City Screen cinema in York yesterday with E4 Slackers Club tickets and it’s fair to say we weren’t disappointed. I’ve warm-bodies-poster-ew-brandedalways been scared of zombie films – I can barely tolerate Shaun of the Dead without freaking out – but I managed. As expected, it’s not full of blood, guts and gore because it’s not advertised as that. It’s, essentially, a zom-rom-com. It’s cute. Nicholas Hoult is adorable and one of the most good looking zombies I’ve had the pleasure of looking at. As well as being insanely cute, it’s also hilarious and there’s plenty of laugh out loud moments in it, a lot of them a result of R’s (Hoult) awkwardness with Julie (Teresa Palmer). This is what makes this zombie film a little more special than others; R isn’t like the others. Sure, he acts like what you’d expect from one at the beginning with the groaning, shuffling and people-eating but there’s something about his thought processes – given to us through a delightful and adorable self-narration – that makes him more human. 

It’s such a nice little love story because he clearly falls in love with her at first sight, then he tries to win her over after defeating the competition using a seemingly unorthodox method. But it’s not gooey and it isn’t annoying in the sense that there’s not a great deal of emotional turmoil and Julie isn’t deciding who she loves the most, not referring to any other fantasy love story in the slightest.

As a further point as to why you have to go see it; it’s got John Malkovich in it. Is there anything else that you require? Nope. It’s released in the UK on the 8th of February. Go see it. <Insert clever zombie-dead pun>

9/10

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Entertainment, Film, Review

Review: Zombieland

I wouldn’t say that I watched this willingly. It was more like, “Brittany, sit down, eat your fish and chips and watch this.” I was also told: “Don’t worry, it’s not scary,” because if I haven’t already made clear, which I doubt I have, I can’t handle zombie films. It’s my worst nightmare; I can’t even hack Shaun of the Dead. So when I was told that I was watching Zombieland, it’s safe to say that I was pretty nervous.

But it is a really good film. Aside from the zombies and all the blood and guts that spew all over the camera, it’s hilarious. Essentially, it’s about the last people on Earth after a virus has claimed the rest of humanity and turned them into flesh eating cannibals. Ugh it still gives me the shivers. And you know the worst part about it? The zombies don’t just groan and stumble after them, drooling for brain food – haha – oh no. They can run. As fast as humans. So even though it’s the dead-but-not-dead walk that always freaks me out more than anything, I find this scarier because this way there’s no chance of getting away from them. Ugh.

I love all the characters in this film: you have the reclusive nerd who’s somehow managed to not get eaten, the hardcore ‘let’s kill everything’ guy whose only goal in life seems to be to get his hands on a Twinky.., then there’s Emma Stone.. girl crush right there, it’s gotta be said…who’s the hot fighter chick and the nerd’s love interest and finally there’s Emma Stone… ‘s little sister who helps her with all the scams that they partake in to survive and get cars and guns and things like that. The only thing I would say about the characters is that when they first sort of meet, they end up being enemies because the girls take the guys’ car and weapons on two occasions and they’re constantly threatening each other with guns, but all of a sudden they become best friends because the nerd guy comes out with some kind of short speech that changes all their minds about each other. I don’t know, it just didn’t sit right with me.

One of the best things about the film is Bill Murray as Bill Murray in Bill Murray’s mansion. It’s a brilliant chapter in the film, I love it especially when something happens to Bill Murray because he’s dressed as a zombie and tries to scare the nerd guy. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m sure you’re clever enough to work it out.

But anyway, towards the end of the film is also pretty awesome, the girls reach the theme park that they’ve been destined for and by lighting it all up and turning all the music on, they attract zombies from all over. It’s pretty creepy actually, seeing a fairground that’s deserted with just two people playing in it. It gets worse when the zombies show up.. I watched a lot of it through my fingers. Especially when the clown zombie popped up. Worst possible thing that could’ve happened. It’s like both my nightmares shoved into one.

It’s a pretty good film if you’re not too bothered by gore and blood and zombies. I doubt I’d watch it again because the idea of zombies that can run disturbs me too much. And the whole film made it quite clear to me, that I’d be one of the first to go in a zombie apocalypse, which gives me a lot of hope and comfort for if/when it happens….monstrosity. Ughhhhh. I didn’t like that bit.. but for someone who isn’t a wuss like me, it’s a great scene.

8/10