Leigh MichaelTuesday,18 June 2013

The Snap:

Warm Bodies was released on DVD on 4 June. The zombie comedy/romance is worth watching for many reasons, but the soundtrack is where it truly shines. Blending classics with contemporary, the music is a defining factor in the film’s overwhelmingly positive reviews (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 81% – not too shabby.) There’s no official release of the soundtrack, so you can utilize the compilation that Indiewire kindly put together to get your own playlist going. You can also buy the score on iTunes and can stream that infinitely more exciting soundtrack here.

The Download:

Disclaimer — I do not like zombie movies. You couldn’t pay me to see World War Z, I didn’t last more than five minutes through an episode of Walking Dead, and even my deep love of Simon Pegg couldn’t induce me to really enjoy Shaun of the Dead. I know — it was funny — but there’s something about lifeless, brainless zombies that just bores me.

I digress.

Anyway, I actually really liked Warm Bodies. It was, in my opinion, what the world really needs in a zombie movie — emotion, intellect, and a little bit of lightheartedness. But what made a good movie great was its excellent soundtrack, which was paired expertly with the plot to make music an integral part of the film. The script was scant — so often, the songs did the talking.

It’s a soundtrack that has Bruce Springsteen’s aptly-placed “Hungry Heart” (let your imagination run wild with that one) and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” mixed in with M83’s “Midnight City” and Bon Iver’s “Hinnox TX.” The blend of classics and currents could have clashed, but it didn’t. Instead, it felt like when you get a really great radio station and feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. Every song was awesome.

I particularly liked gems such as Feist’s “The Bad in Each Other” (watch the music video too, if you have a second) and Delta Spirit’s “Yamaha.” Every song is an upper.

If you haven’t already, watch Warm Bodies. But even if it isn’t you’re thing, have a listen to the soundtrack. It’s bound to remind you of some forgotten classics, and introduce you to some worthy new material.

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Hat Tips:

IndiewireWarm Bodies, NY Times, Image Credit: Flickr

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