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This review is from: The Host [DVD] (DVD)
To put it short, simple and to the point Meyer's novel "The Host" was, and was always meant to be a book. Not a film.
As many of you shall be aware, "The Host" is written in the first person narrative (using first person pronouns 'I' and 'we') were the readers / audience have a dual perspective from both Melanie and Wanda. Thus, a fair chunk of the book is composed in italic font which is Wanda's supposed 'voice' inside Melanie's mind as both people happen to be sharing the same body.
Subsequently, when watching the film when the face of Melanie is looking in the mirror having a running conversation in her head it is one thing, fake. Well in fact I'm telling porkies, its two things: fake, and boring...
Another thing that is quite irritating is that the acting itself feels staged and like they are acting. Some of you at this point may say, "well duh, this is a movie... it isn't real..." and I understand that, my problem is that when watching this movie I want to at least feel like it is real. And when I did watch this at the cinema I kept rolling my eyes, tutting and thinking to myself 'just because twilight was a hit (with girls apparently - what a joke) why on earth does that mean that everything Meyer writes must be converted to film?
Don't even get me started on the acting ability either. I cannot pinpoint if whether it is the actors themselves delivering the lines, or if it was the director, but nonetheless, it is God awful. The timing of actions and the sync of speech seems all wrong, scripted almost, and yet again, fake. The only brilliant actor was young Chandler Canterbury, who plays Jamie, Melanie's younger brother. He was pure excellence, brought a tear to my eye actually.
Anyway moving on, the story line (plot) is also different in the movie. And yet again, I did not like it.
SPOILER ALERT: Go away right now if you don't want to be spoiled. ************* Right, at the end of the book, the gang decide to put Wanda's spirit into another host (a girl) because they didn't want to lose her. However, in the movie, the group shoves Wanda in a body not because they are attached to her, but because, this new body is of trapped in a coma and consequently the body will only go to waste if they don't occupy the vessel with another soul. To me, this adaption felt both awkward, unplanned and completely cold - because, for me, it implies that they didn't care for Wanda'a welfare. So, the only reason they revived her is because they could, not because they had the initial desire to. That is cruel in my eyes.
The movie, especially the graphics, are very beautiful.
The music choices are original and successfully intensify the drama.
The fight scenes, as well as the car assault sequence, was very well crafted.
All the characters look and suit the characteristics of their given personas in the book.
Overall, the film is pretty average and nothing colossal or special. Would I watch it again? Maybe in a decade's time when I'm old and have cats.
But, as I've said, I don't think this material should of been adapted to the big screens because in honesty, it simply does not work.
I'd save your money if I were you. Wait 5 years for it to premiere on TV.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2014, 08:58:22 BST
A. Gray says:
I completely agree, loved the book, the film was disappointing and the end especially, just wrong!
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