Written March 30, 2013
So sad to say it, but The Host sucked. Bad acting, completely flat emotions, weak action....It bummed me out since I did love the book and adore Saoirse Ronin. If you must see this movie, save your money and watch it on Netflix in a few months.
Written October 02, 2014
I did not hate this movie as much as I should have, but I am definitely not its target audience. The film starts out as a decent sci-fi thriller, but Stephenie Meyer robs the momentum of her story by having the body consist of a teen romance-drama that unfolds mostly inside a giant cave. Meyer does find a convoluted , yet intriguing, way to shoehorn the mandatory youth love triangle into the mix. The snail pacing of the majority of this film makes it somewhat tedious to sit through.
However, Saoirse Ronan is a talented and winsome actress. She's not given too much to work with, but she does make her scenes watchable. Diane Kruger appears to have a little more fun than everyone else playing the ruthless "seeker" villain. And director Andrew Niccol's colorful expansive scenic cinematography keeps things visually interesting.
I also now covet an all-chrome Lotus Evora. Kudos to the film's product placement managers!
Written October 01, 2014
I diligently plugged my way through the book and actually came to feel for the characters, even though her writing is mediocre, at best. I saw the movie with some girlfriends and was very disappointed. Not only did they change a lot of the plot, the stuff they changed was actually worse than the book. Casting was horrible. I literally dosed off within the first 10 minutes and then had a hard time keeping my eyes open through the rest of the movie. The transitions from one scene to the other were so choppy and abrupt. To sum up, I left thinking "we'll, that is 2 hours of my life I'll never get back."
Written December 26, 2014
The parasite watches a man die a horrible death from cancer in the book rather than acknowledge that she can easily steal the cure: totally removed from movie
The parasite watches her kind and their human hosts die rather than show how to safely remove parasites from humans: vaguely hinted at in the movie, no development of the moral issue.
Big part why is a commercial success is setting up an ethical way for a middle aged man to have an underaged girlfriend.
Written March 30, 2013
The movie was exactly as I had imagined it would be. It was "spot on" with the vision of the book. I very much enjoyed the movie and felt a real connection to the characters. Uncle Jeb was perfectly played by William Hurt. Stephanie Meyer finds a way to make what should be the bad guy a sympathetic figure, not only the main character, but the "souls" in general. Not much more I can say. My absolute highest recommendations for this movie.