Written May 31, 2016
I will admit, I'm not in the demographic this movie is going for...especially if I consider myself in the demographic of people who actually go to the movies to see a well thought out, entertaining story. The movie is over 2 hours long, and every five minutes I managed to convince myself it was going to pick up at any moment. The plot was monotonous and stagnant, each scene feeling as if it was stuck in a melodramatic loop. The transitions were horrid, and the dialogue turned the movie into an unintentional comedy much of the time. At one point, I thought it may have been just my non-understanding of a book that was written for teenage girls, and I was accepting of that, however, the teenage girls in front of me continuously made fun of the characters, dialogue and situations, to a point where I didn't even care they were talking. I have so much more to say, and not enough characters to say it in. Bottom line, if you're a kid, or an adult, you're wasting your money on this movie.
Written July 30, 2016
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 September 25, 2016
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 October 22, 2016
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.
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.