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Warm Bodies

So, that was highly enjoyable. It stuck very close to the book, but the parts where it diverged were actual improvements on the original. (You're one of the most enjoyable paranormal heroes I've encountered, R, but goddamn do you need to stow it with the philosophical and religious natterings sometimes.) One of the changes I enjoyed was making Perry driven and damaged, but not outright suicidal, so R doesn't get an easy out for eating him. The movie very much keeps intact that Julie helps R stay on track with his "be a better person" goal, and he very much cares for her, but their relationship is separate from his making the decision to become a better person in the first place. He was galloping headfirst into an existential crisis before he ever met her, and then experiencing Perry's life and death sealed the deal.

Like I said, I'm a pretty big fan of R, overly poetic little emo kid that he is. Nicholas Hoult did a great job of bringing R's emotional evolution out given that, you know, he had to keep his face essentially blank for so much of the movie. Also, really didn't get the appeal of him in the Jack the Giant Killer trailers, but would certainly not throw him out of bed for eating crackers at this point.

And Julie! (Okay, I'm not going to lie to you, I was a good three-quarters of the way through the book before I make the "R and Julie=Romeo and Juliet" connection. Sometimes I'm not so swift.) She's one of the improvements I thought the movie made over the book. I liked that she was a survivor, that she gave R a chance but didn't forget what he was until he proved himself, that she has terrible/awesome taste in music. Julie was basically perfect.

Overall, the movie was incredibly enjoyable and brought out the book's wit and insistence that people get to decide their moral paths, but managed to avoid the sometimes plodding navel-gazing. And the cast was perfect.

oh jesus christ there's going to be a third Lost Boys movie what.

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