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The Host was magnificent. The movie was so much like the book, it was unbelievable. Despite the romantic themes, there's enough adventure and action that my boyfriend loved it as well. I've never EVER seen a movie so closely parallel the book that is was based off of. From casting, to location, it was just simply perfect.
Even if you don't particularly like Meyer's past works, this is definitely something I'd recommend seeing. If only the directors of Twilight had stuck with the book as much as they did with The Host.. Perhaps there would be less people with ill informed opinions of the subject.
The only thing I suggest is going into the theater with an open mind- if you go in thinking you're going to hate it and you don't give it a chance, of course you're going to hate it.
The Host was a magnificently written book, and it's just as magnificently directed- The best movie I've seen in a LONG time.
I went to this movie expecting to be disappointed because I loved the book and frankly couldn't imagine how they were going to pull it off. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, after reading the other reviews, I suspect those who read the book will find a depth that others may miss.
The main conflict is between the alien parasite, Wanderer, and Melanie Strider who both inhabit the same body (Saoirse Ronan). At first Wanderer is true to her kind, the Souls, and reports everything she finds in Melanie's memories to the authorities. Gradually, though, images of the two great loves of Melanie's life, her brother Jamie and her lover Jared win Wanderer over and she winds up joining the human resistance.
The casting, in my opinion, was excellant as were the sets which match the book very closely. Unfortunately, it was impossible to condense all the internal struggle and angst of a 600 plus page book into a movie. To someone who hasn't read the book, motivation for the characters to act they way they do, may seem lacking and the fact that Wanderer and Melanie each love a different man confusing. However to those who are already fans, the movie is well worth the price of admission and I highly recommend it!
I took my brother’s teenage daughter to see this film and I regret it immensely. She was begging me to take her for the whole week and I consider myself to be a good aunt, so I caved. The film was incredibly stupid and I feel very sad that these kind of films are being pushed on our youth, I truly believe it makes them stupid. The film is basically like all the Twilight films, it is empty, stupid and completely pointless, I can’t believe that I paid money to see this film. Overall, I wish I did not see this film, however my niece loved it and that made me even sadder.
This was a very stupid and extremely boring film and I definitely do not recommend seeing it in the theaters, it is not worth your time or money. I don’t even know why I went to see this film, I guess my friend begged me to and I caved. So, my friend loves Twilight films and I tease her about it all the time, I mean she is a grown woman and I think those films are for teenagers. Anyway, I absolutely hated this film, it was boring, stupid and completely absurd. The films was not even good enough to laugh off and make fun of, I literally fell asleep during it. Overall, avoid this film at all costs, if you don’t, you will regret it.
As much as it kind of embarrasses me to admit this, I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie more than I thought possible. Yes, it is very similar to Twilight with the young female teenager at the center who is tron between two cute guys, but the point of the story is not to show teens in love. It is to show how far a young person can go to survive being overtaken by a foreign invader who believes that the human race is just there to be enslaved. The best thing about this movie was how it presented a lot of the story as being in the mind of the main character, and how she channeled that anxiety into doing something to save the planet. It kind of reminded me of Spielberg's A.I. which very few people seemed to like at the time of its release. I would say that this is going to be a cult classic and should be one of those movies that a lot of people encourage sci fi fans to watch.
OMG Stephanie Meyer, did we really need another story about a hapless teenage girl who falls in love with a supernatural teen hunk in order to save herself or to prove to the universe that love is the most important thing in the world? Ugh. As a young feminist, I could not help but roll my eyes throughout this movie. It also doesn't help that the lead is played by the fine Saoirse Ronan who I think is very talented but who deserves much better material than this. The movie is pretty standard teen love story told in the framework of an alien movie, so unless you're a big fan of both genres you won't find this one very palatable. I think it's worth pointing out that the best thing you can do when watching anything written by Stephanie Meyer is to check your expectations at the door - just as you would when watching the soppy, romantic treacle by Nicholas Sparks.
This is based on the book The Host by Stephanie Meyer who also wrote the Twilight series. If you're a fan of that type of storytelling, then you'll probably like this movie because it kind of tries the same gimmick. The only difference is that there is no impossibly beautiful vampire at the center of the story. This time it's about a girl who wants to resist being overtaken by aliens that have basically taken over the entire human race. They all answer to a high inquisitor played by Diana Kreuger who is really an alien in human form. The love story is okey dokey but won't be one that you find yourself thinking about after the movie is over. The guy who plays the wanderer is decent but the whole movie belongs to Ronan who plays the lead. She really shows how she is one of the best actresses out there and that she would have done a much better job as Bella Swan than Kristen Stewart did.
I remember when I saw the amazing Saoirse Ronan in the movie The Lovely Bones that I thought, wow, this is one girl who is here to stay. She really knows how to make a character her own. There's something so pure about her eyes and her performance that you just can't help but be captivated. The same holds true in The Host in which she plays the heroine Melanie who resists being taken over by alien invaders who have dominated much of the human race. The only one who can save her from becoming just another automaton is a young wanderer with whom she has fallen in love. She doesn't know what to do so there's a lot of internal dialogue and frankly we could have done without a lot of it...but Ronan is really a superb actress and she makes the movie watchable even when the story and the characters around her seem to get pretty convoluted.
A fairly ho-hum retread of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Host basically does the same thing the Twilight stories can lay their claim to fame upon: taking an age old sci-fi/fantasy meme and conforming it to a teenage love story. If you don’t like Stephanie Meyer’s trademark storytelling devices, you will likely find The Host a bit of a lukewarm rehash.
Alien parasites have nearly dominated the world. Once they have infected their human host’s body, they are turned into an uber-civil Stepford being. A small band of resisters has escaped, one of whom is Melanie (Saoirse Ronan). She is soon taken over and must fight an internal battle royale between a savior wanderer and the High Inquisitor who wants to rid her of the last remnants of her humanity.
The teenage love story between the Wanderer and Melanie is innocuous enough, though it never really seems to have a reason for existing except that maybe Meyer is trying to tell us that Love really conquers all (even alien invaders). It’s not nearly as cheesy as Twilight but doesn’t have the intellectual or emotional heft to be anything other than serviceable entertainment. Ronan delivers the goods and carries the film on her shoulders; if only she were given a stronger characterization to embody.
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