The Crazy Bookworm talks:
Beautiful Creatures, The Host and Safe Haven
Short and Sweet: Was not a fan throughout most of the film. Was able to redeem itself slightly by the end.
Explanation: I must say that I was really excited to see this film. I was a big enough fan of the book to want to see a film adaptation; The movie trailer looked very promising as well. However, the trailer hid most of its flaws. Showcasing some of the best parts of the film. One of the down falls of this film was the acting. Oh boy, it was pretty rough. When it came to looks, I thought they picked the perfect Ethan(Alden Ehrenreich), matching closely to what I had imagined. And he was pretty decent at being goofy and lovestruck silly; but that is where it ended. After about an hour of this, it got a bit irritating. Lena(played by Alice Englert) was just as bad, if not worse. There were many "emotional" moments, but those scenes lacked feeling because the actress struggled to pull it off.
My favourite parts of this movie where the secondary characters! Viola Davis(The Help) and Emma Thompson(Nanny McPhee) rocked this movie. In my opinion, they were the saving grace. It was because of their epic characters(and acting!) that I left the movie mostly satisfied.
Overall: Not the greatest film adaptation. I am very open minded when it comes to books turned movies, but this one just didn't do it for me.
Short and Sweet: A great Young Adult version of an adult novel.
Explanation: I was a little disappointed when I saw the first trailer for The Host because it was very "Young adult-y" and I know I sound like a hypocrite. I love young adult, so why am I hatin'. I'm not. I just loved The Host for it's rawness. It's like Stephanie Meyer let loose. She expressed what she couldn't in Twilight. However, I feel they wanted to cash in on the Twilight success(and fans) so they geared it towards a more teenage audience. Which in all fairness on their part, was a great move.
I thought this was a great adaptation. I loved Saoirse Ronan as Wanderer/Melanie. Although she wouldn't be my first pick; She was perfect for this "Young Adult" version. One thing that was really hard to get used to was the Melanie voice over. It was almost annoying in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.
Where the movie lacked in it's sexual tension and raw relationship between Wanderer and Jarrod, it DID NOT lack in the action and back story of the "aliens". The special effects where superb!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book turned movie. Being a big fan of the book, I was not disappointed!
Short and Sweet: You know me. I heart ANYTHING Nicholas Sparks related!
Explanation: This may be a bit of an unfair review. I loved all of Nicholas Sparks' books and adore all the movies as well. So yes, to put it simply; I loved Safe Haven. I have always been a Josh Duhamel fan, so I was thrilled that he would be playing the lead roll of Alex. I was a little hesitate when it came to Julianne Hough playing Katie, because I have only seen her in one thing; Footloose and that didn't go over to well. But again, I was trying to stay open minded. Thankfully, she surprised me in a good way. I thought she did the part justice! Josh and Julianne's chemistry was light and seemed effortless. They embraced their characters' relationship and pulled it off well!
Of course the film had me reaching for the Kleenex but that is no surprise! Another winner for me when it comes to Sparks' films!
Overall: If you want to get your "love story" fix, this is a great choice!