The Host: Movie Review

Stephenie Meyers’ only other book besides the Twilight Saga got mixed reviews (from myself included- read here), but even I was excited when I found out this was going to be a movie, but I didn’t run to the theaters to see it either.

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I knew there were lots of challenges to overcome in the making of this film and overall, I think the movie turned out to be okay. For certain, it was nothing spectacular, with so much important dialogue cut from the script, the relationships that developed throughout the movie felt rushed.

I certain that anybody that hasn’t read the book will have a hard time enjoying this movie. I filled in a lot of holes and explanations with my knowledge from what was written on the pages. Only with that information, could I find myself liking Wanda and understanding her.

Obviously, my husband didn’t read the novel, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the movie (so not hard to do with the recliners in our theater). I had a very hard time buying into this novel when I started reading it and that transferred to my husband in the start of the movie. Unfortunately, he never recovered and took a well deserved nap. He was willing to see it with me, at least, right?

Bottom line – I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that didn’t read The Host or isn’t a syfy nut or diehard Meyers fan. If you do see it, go to a matinee. Yes, you can see the movie without reading the book, but you’re going to leave the theater unfulfilled if you do. Only armed with the conversations Wanda had with Ian and Jared and Jamie from the book can you get a true appreciation for the characters.

Spring Breakers: Does It Deserve The Hype?

I watch Pretty Little Liars and because I watch this show, when I saw Ashley Benson tweeting bout her movie coming out this month, I knew I wanted to see it. To support her and her acting career. I mean, it has an all star cast ranging from James Franco to Selena Gomez. How bad could it be?

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Well that is the million dollar question. All the reviews I’d seen before seeing this, said this movie was amazing and easily one of the best films of the year.

Sure. If by best, you mean sucks.

Does this movie deserve all the hype? In my opinion: HELL to the NO!

This movie was such a waste of time, I feel like my intelligence was sucked out of me with every second I kept my eyes glued to the screen.

James Franco did an amazing job, acting like a street thug, drug dealer that he was, but the storyline was tremendously lacking.

This movie seemed nothing more than a bunch of girls we’ve seen on our tv screens trying to break out of their goodie goodie molding. The artistic way in which the film was edited, didn’t leave a lot of room for a lot of lines, but lots of cut away shots to different (illegal) things these girls were doing.

I think this had potential to be a great movie, but script is in serious need of an overhaul before that can happen. So many stupid decisions are made (many of which, I don’t think most sane girls would make just to get to FL for spring break, but who knows, maybe these girls are insane) that don’t seem realistic choices, common sense was thrown out the window for the entire movie.

If you are a fan of any of these actors, then check it out to support them. It’s why I watched it. If not, and you just like movies, skip this one. Wait for it to come on HBO – at least then, you won’t waste your money…only your time.

Safe Haven: Movie Review

Logline: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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Safe Haven opened on probably the best day of the year for a Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation – Valentine’s Day. Sadly, I couldn’t go because I was too busy enjoying a Mumford & Sons concert. Ironically, one of the openers was Ben Howard, who is on the Safe Haven soundtrack (another post will follow re: soundtrack). Time moved forward and I finally got a chance to see the movie. For me, it was worth the wait.

I will preface this review by stating I have NOT read the book, although it’s currently on my iPad waiting for me to read it, so I can’t say how close this is or isn’t too the movie. However, I can say I thought the acting in this movie was superb. Nothing felt forced or uncomfortable. The chemistry was evident between Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Their emotions became my emotions. The soundtrack and score fit the movie and did a great job at setting the tone. The cinematography captures the small town in the typical manner described in Nicholas Sparks novels. It’s portrayed perfectly on the screen. This movie does a great job of making me crave the Atlantic!

Like 90% of Nicholas Sparks’ stories, Safe Haven takes place in a quiet, small town in North Carolina. It’s here, he teaches Julianne Hough’s character, Katie a major life lesson…how to LOVE. Alex, played by Josh Duhamel, is responsible for such a task. Alex’s daughter, Lexie makes it that much easier for Alex and Katie, by being adorable and catching on to the flirting and chemistry between her dad and the new pretty girl. Even Katie’s neighbor, Jo tries to convince her to open up and give Alex a chance. Unfortunately for Katie, she is married to an abusive, alcoholic cop, perfectly portrayed by Revolution’s David Lyons. He may not know where she is, but definitely knows how to make trouble for her. In the end, he does a very good job to complicate things for Katie.

I’ve read quite a few Nicholas Sparks books and, I have to say, the last few minutes of this film – WOAH! What a cool twist. I loved it so much. Be prepared though guys and dolls, you might need some kleenex at the end. I had a moment…This story does a great job at reminding us that everyone can be happy and have a second chance.

Did you see this movie? Will you see this movie? If you haven’t, YOU SHOULD! Go to a matinee if you aren’t sure you want to spend the money on it. I’m on a romance kick at the moment, which is killing my poor husband. It’s a stretch from my usual horror or sci-fi, but I’m enjoying it while it’s around. With that being said, what’s your favorite romance?

A Good Day to Die Hard: Or Is It?

Ever since the Die Hard series began, I have been a fan. However, for one reason or another, I’d never made it to the theater to see one…until now.

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I don’t know why, but I think the movie I had in my head was not as good as the one that was in the theater. With every Die Hard movie you can expect action, explosions, and lots and lots of bad guys. In that aspect, the movie delivered. Thanks to this movie franchise, we have come to expect Bruce Willis as the fiesty and highly offensive John McClane. Maybe it’s because he’s much older now, but his character was too tame for this NY officer.

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Set in Russia, the weapons, the locations, and the conspiracies are spot on. If you are an action movie nut, then you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t surprised to see that John had an estranged relationship with his son, since he had a bad one with his daughter in the 4th installment. If the plan was to set up his son Jack to take over the McClane crime-fighting with attitude role, they did a good job. However, they should have allowed John to maintain his Yippee Ki-Yay Mother F***ker attitude and not the dry humor he presented in this installment. Granted, he said those infamous words, but to me, his character just seemed done.

I enjoyed the movie, but like I said, not as much as I wanted to. The acting was decent for an action movie and the fight scenes were awesome, but the plot was beyond predictable, giving me time to allow my mind to wander and still allow me to figure out the ending before it happened.

If you’ve seen it, let me know your thoughts. I will probably buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out all the same because I need to keep my Die Hard collection complete!

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