Welcome to Day 7 of Vampire Academy week at Forever 17 Books!
Today is the last day of my week long Vampire Academy celebration and what better way to end it than with my thoughts on the movie, right?
Thoughts heading in:
I talked a bit about my thoughts on the movie in my Vampire Academy book review that posted a few days ago. But I’ll state them again here. I was not impressed by the movie trailer when I first saw it.
I hadn’t read the books yet but this was not making me rush over to my shelf to pick them up, that’s for sure. It seemed cheesy? And like a comedy or parody of some sort. I assumed it was the direction the producers and directors decided to take it to help distant it from Twilight. When I did finally read the book I could see the trailer in a little bit of a better light but I was still unsure of the direction. I mean, that tagline is horrendous to me. But I hoped it was just the marketing because a few of the newer clips and tv spots seemed better. But still, I was nervous. Because seriously, these books are super amazing and not at all cheesy or corny.
Obviously all of my thoughts here are going to be spoilery of the movie. This is a tough one for me because I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. I’m not usually picky about movies and tend to enjoy most of what I watch, even when others don’t. BUT I am super picky about adaptations. Hence the dilemma. In all honesty, if I didn’t read these books I would have never been interested in seeing this movie. In fact, after I read the books I tried to talk a few friends into reading them and they aren’t really interested because they saw the movie trailer. Ouch. But regardless of my issues, it is always nice to see some characters and scenes come to life on the big screen.
Hmm, I’m not so sure how to tackle this but in some cases I felt like the acting was off and in some cases I felt like it was the lines they were given to deliver that were cringeworthy instead.
Rose: I loved Zoey Deutch as Rose. She is pretty awesome at delivering that sarcastic tone and snarkiness that Rose has in the books. Plus the girl is seriously gorgeous! My complaint here was that they took that Rose character and amplified it by a trillion, it felt like. It was comedic overload. Way too much. Rose is way more subtle than that in the books. That’s where the movie takes on this parody tone. The books are pretty serious and though Rose can lighten it up in the books when needed, it was just too much here.
Dimitri: I’m still undecided here. Going in I thought he was great for the role but obviously a lot of these actors are unknown and I’m just going off looks. lol At times I had a hard time hearing him. Was that just me? It was like he was speaking really quiet and quickly. I couldn’t enjoy the accent as much as I wanted, or maybe that is what helped make him harder to hear. Some of the lines didn’t work when he did say them. I don’t know, I’m picky. He didn’t do too bad though. And he kicked ass in the action. Can we talk about his hair? Too long, in my opinion. Really it was the combination of the hair and the clothes that got to me. The duster was a must but the high collared shirt combo with the hair made him look too old. LOVED when his hair was pushed back though.
Lissa: Another I’m not really sure of. Some of her lines were really stupid and made me cringe. But that’s probably not her fault.
Christian: Yeah… his character didn’t work for me like I hoped. Again, a few of his lines felt so forced. He is so much more badass in the books for how he was portrayed here. He seemed weak in the movie.
Mia: I actually didn’t mind Mia too much in the movie. She nailed the bitchy mean girl, for sure. It wasn’t until later on where she had some moments that felt ridiculous.
From before I saw the movie, Zoey and Danila were super adorable together and had such cute chemistry. I wish I saw more of that onscreen with Rose and Dimitri. At times I felt it but they really glossed over a lot of this relationship. This is what I wanted most! GIVE IT TO ME! The lust charm scene was probably my most anticipated scene in the whole movie. I mean, c’mon! But it went so fast and their lines during it were so stupid. I wanted to feel the swoons, not laugh. And it was so short! But their training sessions were a lot of fun. And I liked how they perceived it at the end. There were really cute together.
Rose and Lissa were great too. They played up the friendship a lot. Some of the other aspects of their connection fell flat though. Rose was seeing through to Lissa way too much in a little amount of time. And the constant back and forth to Rose during those times so we could get her commentary wasn’t necessary to me. She could have saved it for a thought or two afterwards, when we jump back into Rose POV. The itching and scratching was just weird.
Christian and Lissa had no onscreen chemistry. Rose had more chemistry with Christian than Lissa did in this movie.
I thought the action was great. I mean Dimitri and Rose were awesome with their fighting skills. Danila and Zoey must have done a lot of work to train for that and it showed. I wasn’t let down in this department at all.
Terrible. Because the first thing that keeps coming to mind are those psi hounds. They were laughably bad. Everything about that scene made me cringe. They look worlds better in the below pic even but in action they looked so fake.
Book to Movie
Overall they followed the plot pretty well, just not the tone of the book. Why did they go in this direction? It’s sad because it alienated so many people from wanting to see it. Yes it is a YA novel but adults are a huge percentage of people who read YA too so making something that focused on high school drama and teenaged comedy didn’t work for me here. Yes there is that in the books but not at the same level. How would they ever make the rest of the series like this? The books have such a strong and serious tone that would never work in this style.
Do I recommend? Eh. Hard call. If you go into it with an open-mind, knowing what to expect, than I think you may enjoy it better. The first thoughts that entered my twitter stream after it premiered were all pretty positive. Looking back, most of those were from authors. Obviously authors are going to support each other and the movies made from their work. But then later on I started to see the negative too, from readers and bloggers, and unfortunately that is what I’ve seen the most of. And the box office totals were terrible. But really, it was okay for me on a whole. Interesting enough, the man in the row behind me laughed out loud a couple times and seemed to be having a great time watching it. I won’t comment about the older men (50-60’s) who came alone to see it. O_o
Have you seen it? Will you go see it? Thoughts? I’d love to hear what others think/thought of this movie! I hope you enjoyed this week long celebration! Don’t forget to go back and see what I thought of all the books!
Vampire Academy Week:
Day One – Vampire Academy review + GIVEAWAY
Day Two – Frostbite review
Day Three – Shadow Kiss review
Day Four – Blood Promise review
Day Five – Spirit Bound review
Day Six – Last Sacrifice review
**Oh and don’t forget you can enter to win a paperback of Vampire Academy! **