Written August 23, 2014
...and maybe not even if you haven't. I really enjoyed the book, and with all the discrepancies between the story line and appearance of characters and such, I just couldn't get on board with the movie. How can I say this without spoiling? There is no Marian...Amma does her thing, as well as the job Marian has in the book...and in one of the first scenes, Ethan is cooking his own breakfast. If you've read the book, you know how disturbing that is.
There were other HUGE elements of the story that were so mangled that I'm not sure it even makes sense any more. I really tried not to let these things bother me, and just when I'd moved past one and let it go and opened my mind back up to the movie, another cataclysmic rift would appear, and so it was downhill from the credits on. I wish I had better things to say about it...I love books, and nothing excites me more than a great book-based movie. This one missed the mark.
Written August 22, 2014
Ever read an incredible book and then you find out they are turning it to a movie so you get excited because the characters in your mind are going to come alive on screen by some really talented actors and actresses? You happily pay the absurd amount of money they are charging these day, take your seat with your popcorn and settle in for what you are sure will be a great movie. I mean the books were awesome so why wouldn't the movie be? Two words: Train wreck. I was annoyed that such a great book was turned into such a bad movie. They basically just took some of the characters names from the book, slapped the most basic plot the dark vs. light, threw in some more supernatural and stirred it all up. If you don't like to read or haven't read the book, by all means Enjoy! If you read the book and loved how well written it was and how the story unfolded, don't waste you time or your money. You won't ever get those two things back.
Written August 29, 2014
I personally did not like the film, but I think this is because I read the book and had VERY high expectations. Maybe this is a great film for a date night, but if you read the book you will be disappointed. With any adaptation, you should at least use the book as a skeleton structure. I don't know why they deviated SO FAR from the original story...even the ending was different and WORSE than the book! It left NO jump off for a sequel (in my opinion).
-- Alden Ehrenreich is a GREAT actor. I looked forward to everytime he was on screen.
-- The setting was great! I wish we could have seen more of Gatlin. Ravenwood Manor was attractive!
-- Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, and Emma Roberts CARRIED THIS FILM. They were a delight to watch.
-- THE SCRIPT!!! AND THE ENDING!!! (See opening statement)
-- The combination of the Amma/Marian.
-- The LONG, AWKWARD dialogue between the two leads.
-- SOME of the special effects (why did they darken some scenes?)
Written July 25, 2014
This movie was really good. I read the book and it upset me that director and producer took so much creative license and made the movie so different from the book, but it's also what made me love it. I understand that they had to make the movie a reasonable length, but it bothered me that they blew through like 5 chapters in 10 minutes. I did, however, like how humorous they made Ethan. They brought him to life a little more. If you read the book and you haven't seen the movie, I think you should go watch. I believe it was great! If you haven't read the book, but have seen the movie, I recommend that you read the book. Only because if you were confused on some parts, it'll clarify things. Either way they were both amazing, book and movie. Just see it, no matter if you've read the book or not.
Written August 20, 2014
I didn't read the book but was actually pleasantly surprised as the movie has gotten mixed reviews- i enjoyed the story line and the movie has a decent cast of actors.