Zombie Love is an Interesting Concept
I saw Warm Bodies last night and it is a delightful romantic-horror with unexpectedly normal moments (is this a new genre?). It reminded me of the comedy-horror An American Werewolf in London from the ’80’s. Remember that one? The film is fun to watch just for the humanizing moments when the boy-corpse tries to pull it all together to impress the girl. It is relatable and yet he has so much more to overcome than the normal awkwardness. I was inspired by his drive to carry on against near impossible odds.
The really revolutionary concept of this film, however, is that rising conflict and war is not the answer to the problem. ‘Allow the power of love to infuse all that you do’ is the take home message I got (with a battle against the skeletons on the side). It feels like we are finding entry into a whole new world.
It kind of reminds me of Avatar where Jake Sully goes to infiltrate the Na’vi culture and learns he is more at home with the alien love-driven culture than his own fear-based world. Then there is a big fight section to protect the rights of the Na’vi. Again, a love-driven plot with a fight scene chaser.
Are we in a transition phase where film makers are considering the possibility that there is a plot beyond the heroes journey? The fight scenes are still there but the hero ideal is not consuming the plot. Love as a driver is finding a bigger place in action films.
Warning: if you care about continuity this film will bug the heck out of you. They establish rules of the world like Zombies walk slowly, dragging their feet and next thing you know they are in major chase scenes and holding their own. They walked from the walled city to the zombie home in an afternoon and it took two days in a car to get back. I decided this was part of the off-beat nature of the film. It’s like they don’t care! How original.