Category Archives: zom coms

zombie romantic comedy films starting from the year 2000

Life After Beth

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Zac’s girlfriend, Beth, dies from snake bite when she’s out hiking. He grieves for her deeply, until one day – Beth’s back! He can love her again. That is, until he discovers she’s become a zombie!

This is a terrific film. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Zombieland or Warm Bodies, but it does come pretty close. And like its zom com predecessors, the theme is about love and relationships rather than horror or ‘end of the world’ anxieties. It has a beautiful, delicate humour.

This film is funny, well-scripted, and the casting and acting is excellent. Aubrey Plaza is sensational as Beth and I believe that this must be her best role yet. This is definitely a film that is worth a watch.

 

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Warm Bodies

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It’s the apocalypse. Living on one side of a giant wall are non-humans – they are the zombies and the bonies who have been infected with a virus and have been separated from the humans.

Without being able to communicate effectively with each other, the zombies are leading a fairly banal existence, they are lost and lonely. That is, until Julie comes over from the other side of the wall.

‘R’ takes Julie hostage in order to save her from being eaten by another zombie. They develop feelings for each other and he eventually helps her to escape. When the other zombies see ‘R’ and Julie together it starts to change the way that they  function, gets them thinking, remembering about having feelings – they start to become more human.

When the humans and the non humans come together in a battle, it’s up to Julie to act fast and convince her father (head of the military) not to kill the zombies. She and ‘R’ may have to work together to save the world!

I found that those people who gave this film mediocre reviews were those that were not fans of rom coms. And this film is quintessentially a romantic comedy film (with some action and ghoulishness thrown in). It is about love and relationships. It’s also about humanity’s fear of difference and ‘otherness’. The breaking down of the wall is about accepting difference.

Teresa Palmer is terrific as Julie, and although I thought Nicholas Hoult an odd choice at first, he is magnificent. His internal narrative was comical and charming. Half way through the movie I realised he was the kid who played Marcus in About a Boy. Corrdry is unusually ‘right on the mark’ in this flick – instead of being too much, too stupid, too crude, and too sexist as in many of his rom com support roles in the past.

Great flick, very funny, good pace, superb acting. Going to put it in the Top Rom Com List and not much has made it there this year! Am I wrong? Stop me if I’m wrong…!

Zombieland

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

The US has become a virus-ridden country. Only a few people have survived being turned into flesh eating zombies. Our protagonist, Columbus, is a young college student with a lot of hang ups and phobias. He’s a loner with a long set of rules that save him from being turned into a zombie. And he wants to find love – well he did before he had to dodge zombies to stay alive.

Woody Harrelson plays Tallahassee, who has his own very different set of rules and when he meets Columbus, they team up to cross the country together. They eventually meet some sisters on their own mission. After a number of deceptions, the four travel together. In the end, they help each other with their missions and there is even the chance for love.

I don’t like gore and guts. I like comedy and romance. So why do I like this movie? The gore and guts are just props for a classic rom com.

This is a pretty funny movie and very cleverly made. There’s a great scene with Bill Murray that really makes the flick. You do have to ignore the violence, it’s not against people, it’s against zombies. That said, you get used to it as the movie goes along and you notice the romantic sub-plot more than the killings. Great film, you have to watch it but maybe not with little kids.