George Romero Meets William Shakespeare

Warm Bodies  (Imbd.com)

Warm Bodies (Imbd.com)

Currently #1 at the box office is the movie Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine based on the novel by Issac Marion. Described as a “zombie romance,” (a zomrom, anyone?) with allusions to Romeo and Juliet, the protagonist zombie (Nicholas Hoult) goes by the initial “R” (Romeo?) and falls in love with a human, Julie (Juliet, get it? played by Teresa Palmer).  R’s fellow zombie goes by the initial M (a Mercutio-like character).  If things aren’t weird enough, John Malkovich plays Julie’s father.  Unfortunately, there is no T (Tybalt) in the movie.  What is it with this current obsession with vampires and zombie plagues?  Alas, even Shakespeare is not immune.  Yet, if it brings the Bard to a younger audience, then maybe someone should think about doing a zombie Hamlet.

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