Davis: Comedy in latest undead movie
Sylvester Stallone is back into action this weekend with Bullet to the Head, but the movie that will likely upset Sly’s attempt to return to the top of the box office is what is best described as Zombieland meets Twilight.
But before writing Warm Bodies off as a campy romantic comedy twist on the zombie genre, note that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer commented that author Isaac Marion’s novel created the most unexpected romantic lead she has ever encountered.
Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer) stars as a zombie named R, an unusual victim of a zombie epidemic, who rescues Julie (Teresa Palmer) from a zombie attack. She sees that R is different from the others and they form a special relationship in their struggle for survival and he becomes increasingly more human.
This sets off an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to spread to the other zombies.
Featuring Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Dave Franco (James’ brother) and the great John Malkovich, this movie will not only appeal to the young crowd that made Twilight a smash, but also fans of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead and maybe even fans of Shakespeare (there are several references to Romeo and Juliet, the most obvious being the names R and Julie).
Although Stallone is 66 years old he does not seem to be anywhere near retiring if the action in The Expendables and now Bullet to the Head is any indication.
In his latest, he plays a hitman who teams with a young NYPD detective (Korean actor Sung Kang from Fast Five) brought together in New Orleans by the murders of the respective partners.
Behind the camera are two Hollywood veterans—director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) and producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Sherlock Holmes).
On the topic of movie veterans, the Paramount is opening two movies that are full of them. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin star in Stand Up Guys in which Pacino plays Val, an ex-con who is released from prison after serving 28 years for refusing to give up his criminal associates.
His best friend (Walken) is there to pick him up and then meet up with another old pal (Arkin).Their bond is as strong as ever, but one is keeping a dangerous secret—a former mob boss has commanded him to take out Val.
Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet, a comedy-drama starring an incredible British cast including Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Courtenay (Dr. Zhivago), Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Billy Connolly (Mrs. Brown) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter’s Professor Dumbledore).
Set in a home for retired musicians, three residents are in for a shock when their former singing partner becomes the newest inhabitant.
But it is not a welcome reunion as her career as a star soloist and the ego that accompanied it split up a long friendship and a singing quartet.