Written August 26, 2016
I took a gaggle of giggle tweens to the premiere last night. That seems to be the demographic. The film itself is "meh" as a work of art. The scifi effects were surprisingly unimaginative. There was really no climax to the film, just lots of love triangle dabbling. I did not read the book, although my daughter loved it.
It is a pretty innocent film, although the previews that played before it were, in some cases, terrifying!
Thanks, Hollywood, for another try. This time it probably meets the mark for the maturing Beiber set. Only.
Written October 13, 2015
It seemed like they were in too much of a hurry to get through the story. The acting was only so so. The script wasn't very good. I really liked the last trailer they made, but it set me up for disappointment in the end. Mostly it was PG except for one scene which I think should not have made it into the movie. It was not in the book either anyway. Disney probably could have made two or three good movies from the book.
Loved the book. Movie was okay, I guess.
Critic Reviews were not very helpful either. Just a lot of derogatory nonsense.
Written August 31, 2016
Spending a few minutes writing a review on this movie is already giving this movie too much credit. But I will do it for the greater-good.
I didn't know anything about this movie going into it (saw it with my girlfriend who wanted to see it) and I walked out glad I was never invested in the story or else I would have been extremely disappointed.
The only way this movie could be justifiable is if it was a made-for-TV movie that only played once on the SyFy channel on a Friday night.
Written July 29, 2016
This was an excellent movie! I think that the movie did a great job of bringing the book to life--perhaps even better than the Twilight movies did, especially considering how much of the "action" in The Host occurs in the Melanie/Wanderer's head. Loved it!!
Written June 27, 2016
I might have liked this movie if I hadn't read the book first but having read it I can't help but feel a little cheated. I know it is impossible to translate everything from a book to a movie in a limited time span but they left out some of the most important parts. Many of the important characters in the book were not even mentioned in the movie, or were barely there. The whole point of the book was how Wanderer comes to love these humans and adopts them as her family even if it means turning on her own kind. They didn't express that at all in the movie. Also, they did not show the passage of time well. One minute Ian is choking Wanderer and the next he's like, "Ah, maybe she's alright." It doesn't show anything in between, and that is just one example. The book took place over the span of about a year but the movie could have taken place over two days for all I know. It just wasn't thought out very well and it didn't do the book justice.