Upon seeing the trailer for this movie, I was extremely reluctant to watch it. It seemed to me as Twilight with zombies and the whole premise of a zombie romantic comedy was less than appealing.
The first 20 minutes of the movie annoyed the hell out of me and I almost gave up on it. Because you have to get past the fact that zombies think, feel, communicate and are basically good guys forced to eat humans because they can’t help themselves. Instead, we are offered another set of villains, the ‘skeletons’ which are basically semi-decomposed zombies who are more ruthless and aggressive without any ability to rationalize.
I am more of a classical zombie fan. To me, a zombie is something that is purely evil on its most primal level. There’s no reasoning with a zombie, there’s no appealing to its human side, there is no mercy, no interaction whatsoever. Just run or die. Kill or be killed. So, now you know how difficult it was for me to digest this movie. But i did it!
As the movie progressed, I stopped focusing on the negatives and started appreciating the movie for what it was, a teen zombie comedy with some brilliant parodies to human relationships. Once i stopped looking through my ‘Romero’ glasses and switched to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ or ‘Fido’ mode, the movie became even more enjoyable.
The plot line is more or less straightforward. A zombie named R is fully aware of what is going on it the world and what he is. One day he and his pack come across a group of scavengers and fells in love with a girl named Julie which triggers some kind of a reaction in him and he starts being less of a zombie every moment he spends with her. I’m going to stop here to avoid giving any spoilers but the movie is much more than this cheesy plot line.
I believe the main characters were cast to resemble those from the Twilight movies which just adds to the whole parody feel. John Malkovich is there as well, as a pragmatic leader of the remaining humans and Julie’s father. Notable mention also goes to Rob Corddry who plays R’s best friend M and provides good parody for the bro-mance aspect of the movie between him and R.
All in all, this movie was a roller-coaster. From avoiding to see it, then almost quitting after 20 minutes to being pleasantly surprised at the end of it.
This movie is the most romantic zombie movie out there, so if you have a significant other you want to ease into the whole zombie genre, this movie is perfect for it!