Written September 01, 2015
My wife and I are big fans of the book and finally got to see the big screen adaptation last night. They really did a great job of finding the right cast. (especially William Hurt as Uncle Jeb!!) It's always hard to take such a detailed book and make it into a motion picture but they certainy made the best of it and it was a lot of fun to see!!
Written April 02, 2013
I took my fiance to see this because she has read the book about 3 times, and enjoyed the story. I despise the Twilight films, and didn't expect this much from the movie adaptation of a Stephenie Meyer book. It was refreshing, and I enjoyed the film. The story was a cool, the film was well acted, the characters (mostly) did what they needed to in order to tell this story, and I give kudos to Saoirse Ronan for playing two lead characters in the same movie FAR better than Kristen Stewart could ever play one character in her life. My fiance griped that the seeker was supposed to be Asian, but I admire Diane Kruger's work and I think she did a very good job giving us an loveable antagonist in this. Good movie, should not get so much negative criticism. For those who wanted to dish that out, where were you when the Twilight films were out? Praising them. This is far better than any dull human/uninteresting werewolf/sparkling vampire tale. I promise.
Written March 29, 2013
The book was good but the movie (surprisingly) was better. The movie left out a lot of elements from the book but it was a really good rendition. Just like the book when u think there is still more to come, it wraps it all up real fast. The characters are not how I pictured them but as the movie moves on everything in your mind changes and they become exactly what you want. However the scenery was exactly what I had imagined. I do disagree with the scene with Kyle and the whirl pool. In the book he was knocked unconscious and the floor started to give way and Wanda risks her life to save him. That is not how it happens in the movie and there was no risk to Wanda's life. But overall a great movie. Even though they did not have a scene of Walter and his funeral or one of Jodie/Sunny. In closing DO NOT take a 2 min bathroom break when Wanda goes shopping it's only about 15mins from the end and you'll miss Wes' death and the capture of the seeker. At least that's What I think I missed.
Written April 01, 2013
As usual there were parts different from the book, but it was well done. The relationships were what made the movie and book special. That even in another person's body another person's qualities can stand out. It was definitly something I wil buy when it comes on on dvd.
Written January 30, 2015
If you are a fan of the book (which I am), this is definitely worth seeing. If you didn't read the book, I would recommend waiting for the Bluray. As an adaptation, it stays fairly true to the book, so fans will be able to appreciate that aspect.
I have a problem with Andrew Niccol as a director. His films have so much potential, but they turn out very average and end up falling flat and disappointing. The acting is solid and there are some really good scene. But for me, the film doesn't come together well as a whole. The score is extremely lacking, the editing wasn't that good, and the Melanie voice-overs were poorly done and came across as cheesy.
I enjoyed the film, despite Niccol's underwhelming (and sometimes boring) end product, because I like the story
I hope to see a sequel once Meyer finishes the next book, but with a different director.