Friday, February 14, 2014

Movie Review: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy (2014)
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.(From IMDB)

I am a huge Vampire Academy fan. Rose is one of my all-time favourite heroines and I adore the story and development of the characters. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that it was being made into a film.

I will not be the first so say that the pre-release advertising did not instil much confidence. They seemed to dumb down the film for a stupid audience and I began to worry.

Luckily, I did go see it last night and really, really enjoyed it. Here are my thoughts broken down into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Good
  • Zoey Deutch, ya'll. I had my concerns that she would not pull of Rose's sassiness. Especially given that she is the daughter of Caroline in the City's Lea Thompson. Remember her?

    Anyway, Zoey did a surprisingly good job of portraying Rose, even if she didn't look quite like I had pictured the character. By the end credits, I believed she WAS Rose. And she had just enough attitude and humanity.
  • Lucy Fry is a stunning, regal Lissa. I loved the casting here. She is beautiful and really was the best Lissa I could ask for as a die-hard fangirl. I loved her way of speaking and her speech at the end was perfect.
  • They stuck to the plot for the most part and I am forever thankful. I never got angry that some important detail was mangled.
  • I loved the set. The school is amazing!
  • The pacing was great. Fast and time was not rushed at all.
The Bad
  •  Dimitri. What the actual fork. Sure he has big guns, but I simply could not sit there and cheer on his and Rose's relationship. He was too old and his hair reminded me of Darth Vader's helmet. So, no.
  • Whenever Rose had her Lissa visions, she would talk out aloud to herself. I get that was done for the audience, but it made Rose look a little crazy to passers-by. I am sure that could have been executed a little better.
  • The music was shocking. They could have gone with something darker to add to the feel of the movie. Too much tweeny pop.
The Ugly
  • The training scenes were basically non-existent.
  • Because of the above, the romance between Rose and her older interest of lust didn't have time to develop. Suddenly Dimka just loves her. Why? We do not know. Maybe it's because she has rather impressive cleavage.
  • You do need to read the book before seeing the movie in order to appreciate the characters and story. I wonder if VA virgins would even want to read the book after seeing the film, as a lot of the mythology is lost.
  • There is no Adrian. Ok, there was no Adrian in the first book either, but still. I protest!
So VA didn't perform that well during opening week and it's still up in the air if Frostbite (book 2) will be made into a movie. I hope so as I was mostly satisfied!
Go see it, but read the series first!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Update!

Hey everyone,

Wow, 2014 has been a crazy year thus far! I am not too sure what the difference is between my head and my backside at the moment.

With everything that is going on, I have had to really prioritize my time and this blog has, sadly, been put a little on the backburner. I have so many reviews I need to write and so little time to actually write them. This is frustrating as I have also been getting review requests in my mailbox! I am sorry, if you have sent me through something, I will hopefully get around to it in the next month or two.

I am also set on reading my way through my now ridiculous TBR pile. So expect some different reviews to crop up here and there. In addition to this blog, I am going to be sending some reviews to Women24, hopefully one a month, and get back to my Exclusives e-zine review gig.

Right now, though, I am going to be reading Dark Whispers, the new novel by local author, Joanne Macgregor. I was very blessed to get a review copy of this, so keep an eye out for my thoughts!