Warm Bodies (2013)

At the time of this movie’s release, zombie-mania didn’t seem—at least to me—to have any chance of longevity. Sure, it’s a great premise for an occasional horror film but giving everything in sight a zombie makeover (or would that be a makeunder?) is an odd fad. I honestly didn’t realize until the movie was well underway that it’s based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Adaptations are notoriously tricky to pull off but this one managed to be theatrical while avoiding parody. Moreover, the mostly undead state of the main character circumvented overused teen romance tropes (e.g. racial inequality or socio-economic disproportion), which allowed the focus to remain on the premise of an unlikely pairing.

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