Fiction to Film: The Host

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Way back before I started blogging, I read The Host and absolutely loved it! It took a while for me to get into but the second half made it completely worth it. So of course I, like many others, was super excited when they decided to make the book into a movie. Luckily for me, unlike many others, I was not really disappointed with the movie.

I’m not really sure if it’s just because it’s been so long since I read the book that I just don’t remember all the minute details, but I thought that for the time they had, this movie adaptation was fairly accurate. Of course, the movie is usually never as good as the book and that’s the case with this one.

I know a lot of people didn’t like how the “Souls” looked but they were pretty much what I was imagining while reading. I think they did a great job with showing the different voices of both Melanie and Wanda. I can’t really see how they could have done it differently and still make it easy for the viewer to distinguish between the two, especially if they hadn’t read the book. I think the movie could have used a lot more romance between Wanda and Ian, but I will take what I can get. I know that in the movie things seemed a bit rushed, but I think that had to do with how much they were trying to cram into this one movie. The Host isn’t a small book. So the time period wasn’t as easy to grasp as if you were reading. So I think for anyone who hadn’t read the book, it looked like all of this happened in only a short period of time, when it was actually over a longer time period.

As for the casting, at first I wasn’t really sure what I thought of it at first. None of the actors cast were really how I envisioned the characters in my head, except for Jared and I never liked him in the book. Luckily he is played by Max Irons, so even though I still thought he was a jerk (rightfully so) he was still hot. I still prefer Ian though and think that Jake Abel was a great pick for him! I wasn’t really sure what I thought of Saoirse Ronan for Melanie/Wanda but as the movie went along she grew on me and I ended up really liking her. I will say though that their choice for Wanda’s body in the end was not at all what I thought it would be and I didn’t like it!

Overall though, the movie was entertaining, if a bit rushed. I really wish Stephenie Meyer would continue the book series, but I have a feeling she’s not going to. It really is a much better series than Twilight for me! I will probably watch this movie again when it comes out on BluRay.

Fiction to Film: Jack The Giant Slayer

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So I feel like I might have this thing going on for Nicholas Hoult or something, but I feel like I’m watching a lot of movies with him in them lately. That being said, he’s a pretty great actor and I feel like he made a really great Jack.

When I first saw the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer, I was immediately interested. So I had to go see it. I mean, who doesn’t like the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? Mind you, there are very few similarities to the two. There’s Jack, the magic beans and the beanstalk of course. Then the giants. But Jack doesn’t go up to steal anything, he goes to save the princess.

I really enjoyed the casting for this movie. Nicholas Hoult of course, was great. Ewen McGregor was hilarious and it even has Bill Nighy, who makes an awesome giant that you love to hate. Stanley Tucci is in it, I actually didn’t even recognise him in this role, I’ve never really seen in much other than comedies, plus his character had hair. I think Eleanor Tomlinson was a great choice for Isabelle as well, I haven’t really seen her in much, but she did wonderful. So the casting was all really good in my opinion.

The storyline was great, like I said before it doesn’t follow the regular Jack and the Beanstalk plot, but this one was much more interesting to me. More action and romance, parts that make you laugh and just plain fun to watch.

I would definitely watch this movie again and again. I think you should check it out! I know I’ll need to watch it again with my husband, he’s quite jealous that I went out on a girls night to see this one!

Fiction to Film: Life of Pi

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So I’m sure you realized after seeing my review of Life of Pi, that I would have to do a Fiction to Film feature on it. I mean how could I not? With a story like that I had to watch it. Especially with all of the awards the movie has won, there has to be a reason right?

Well all I can say is I absolutely loved the movie. It is definitely one of the better book to movie adaptations. Yes it’s a movie so they can’t include everything, but I felt that they did include the most important events in the book. Richard Parker was amazing. I love tigers, they’re my favourite animal. So watching a movie where a tiger is one of the main roles is awesome. Obviously there was quite a bit of CGI for this movie, but I thought it was really well done. Very realistic.

I watched this the day after finishing the book, so the book was still very fresh in my mind. I found there were a few minor changes but I didn’t really mind at all. I still felt really bad for Pi and his suffering and I still disliked the ending where you are supposed to pick which story to believe. I mean, they make is sound impossible to tell, but if there was a tiger living on that lifeboat for 227 days, there’s going to be some sign. I know they don’t really talk about the boat, other than the rodent corpses they found in it.  But I guess if they told you, you’d lose the whole point of the story.

In my opinion I’d like to believe the story with the animals because it’s the better of the two and that’s what I’ve invested the most time into learning. I do like in the movie though how you’re introduced to the other people who were supposedly on the boat with Pi. It makes them seem more real in that story when he tells it because you can actually imagine them, unlike the book where you have nothing to base their personalities off of.

The movie is just fantastic and I loved how beautiful it was. Everything was just about perfect. I’m sure I’ll rewatch it again and again.

What about you? Have you read and seen the movie? Do you think the movie fit the book as well as I did?