Nicholas Hoult is a love-struck zombie in Warm Bodies

Nicholas Hoult, zombie, Warm Bodies

‘Love story’ and ‘zombie’ are two words (okay, three words) that I never thought would go together, but this is a world where vampires sparkle and girls actually look forward to becoming one of the undead. What has happened to the world?

Nicholas Hoult (Beast in X-Men: First Class) is a zombie named R that falls in love with a girl when he absorbs the memories of her boyfriend after eating his brains. As you can see from the pic above, we’re not talking about the zombies from The Walking Dead. I’m actually wondering if this dude will sparkle too after the rain stops and the sun peeks through the clouds.

However, the movie is based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, and I have to give the author credit where credit is due. He came up with a twist that hasn’t been done before. At least I don’t think a zombie love story has been done before. When it comes to standing out in a crowd, a unique twist is all it takes… and that twist can frequently lead to a movie deal because Hollywood hasn’t come up with an original idea on their own for a while.

Maybe the saccharine-sweet storyline of the Twilight saga has jaded me to the possibilities of an undead love story actually working on a decent level. After all, aren’t zombies allowed to find love too? Unique dietary needs and questionable hygiene shouldn’t knock them out of the dating pool, should it?

For better or worse, I’m a fan of all things zombie, so there’s a fairly decent chance that I’ll be standing in line when this movie hits theaters on August 10th. Until then (or at least until I read the book), I’ll keep an open mind.

What do you think? Are zombies the new romantic leads?

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