At the Movies w/ Kristina & Jennifer: The Host

Posted on 04/04/2013 in Movies / 12 Comments

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"The Host" Release Date: 3/29/2013 Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Chandler Canterbury, Frances Fisher & William Hurt Directed by Andrew Niccol Screenplay by Andrew Niccol Rating:

What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about – Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Welcome to our first ever buddy movie review!  Since this is a book/movie we’ve both read and seen, we thought it would be a good idea to hash it out over Skype, and see where we agreed and disagreed.  So how did we fare?  Did Kristina love it like the Stephenie Meyer fangirl she is (hey, don’t get mad, let’s call a spade a spade), and did Jennifer love it because she loves the book and thinks it’s a ton better than Twilight (because it is.)?

 

Buddy Reviewing The Host: The Movie

 

Initial Thoughts


Jennifer:

So, first off.  I’m going to say right off the bat that I hated it.

Worst Adaptation Ever.

EvAr.

 

Kristina:

I must say that I wouldn’t go that far but you are fairly close!

I did not enjoy the movie at all.  I don’t think even if I had never read the book and gone to see the movie, I still wouldn’t have liked it.

 

Jennifer:

My friend Beth, who went with me, only read the first two chapters, and still hated the movie.  Or at least positively disliked it.  I feel like Hollywood took a really great book and then dragged it around in the mud.

I think I actually may like the book less now, because of the stupid movie.

"The Host"
It was fucking terrible.

Kristina:

I still loved the book!  The movie however, lacked …. From what I took from the book it was totally, TOTALLY missed in the movie!

 

Jennifer:

The message to me in the book was, what does it mean to be human?  What is humanity and do you need to be human to possess humanity?

In the movie, it’s just a story about a soul getting hijacked and faked out by a resistance human who won’t be possessed.

 

Kristina:

You are so right!

 

Jennifer:

You know what really bugged the shit out of me?  All the chrome vehicles.  It’s like Hollywood made this girly scifi movie but then asked itself, “How can we make it MOAR Scifi?  I KNOW!  Chrome cars and bikes!”

"The Host"
For the record, THIS is the best scifi movie ever made.

Kristina:

LOL!!!  Actually, I kinda liked the Chrome Lotus!  That was a hot car!!

   

The Screenplay


 

Kristina:

It really bugged me that Stephenie Meyer did not help with the screen play!!  She did for all the Twilight movies, why not this one!

I actually liked the writing style more in this book than in the Twilight movies (ssshhh don’t tell anyone I said that, I don’t want my Twi-Hard card taken from me).

 

Jennifer:

I’m telling everybody.

….

 

Kristina:

They should have made this a two part movie to go more in depth with the relationship with Melanie and Wanda.  Also with Melanie/Wanda, Jared and Ian.

I felt the whole love triangle was soo missed in the movie.

 

Jennifer:

The whole thing with the love square really pissed me off too.  In the book, we have this really interesting situation with 4 souls and 3 bodies, and the thing with Ian….it was really important!

 

Kristina:

WE SO AGREE WITH THAT PART!!

 

Jennifer:

In the movie, they just gloss over that whole thing.  “Oh, uh yeah, so these two like eachother and we only have 120 minutes to get through this, so let’s make them kiss after hanging out ONCE.”

 

Kristina:

They didn’t even take the time so show the last part of the book where she is saving people and the huge part about Kyle!!

Hollywood buggered this movie because they were riding on the authors name instead of actually making a movie.

They figure, Oh we will slap Stephenie Meyer’s name to it and it will be an instant mega movie!

 

Jennifer:

I’m really stuck on Ian.

He was totally in love with her in the book and there are like 5 scenes where he just looks at her a lot.

With some goofy assed look on his face.  PS:  That is not how I pictured Ian.

 

Kristina:

The chemistry on set for the love triangle was totally missing.  I didn’t feel Ian’s love for Wanda at all.  You can definitely tell the actors were not cast to match the characters.  Just rising stars trying to ride the Stephenie Meyer train.  They were not old enough or muscular enough.

   

The Special Effects


"The Host"
I just wanted a good excuse to use this.
 

Kristina:

What special effects?

 

Jennifer:

Exactly.

“Hey guys, so, uh yeah.  I’m gonna need you to make the souls just look like a white light.   Yeah.”

(They weren’t white lights in the book, right?)

 

Kristina:

No, they were silvery.

   

The Casting


Kristina:

Saoirse Ronan???

How did she get the role of Melanie/Wanda??

Was this her first role? ‘Cause she sure acted like it was!!

"The Host"
Saoirse Ronan can join Keanu’s League of Terrible Actors.

Jennifer:

I was kinda ‘meh’ when they cast her to begin with.

 

Kristina:

She didn’t look tall, lean and athletic to me.

And her voice!!  It irked me!

I did like the whole inner dialoge but …….

 

Jennifer:

I hated it.

Actually, it made me want to get up and leave.

 

Kristina:

How would you have protrayed the inner dialoge?

 

Jennifer:

I don’t know, but then again, I’m the customer, Hollywood needs to figure that shit out.  Because it was horrible.  I cringed every time it happened.

   

Redeeming Qualities:


Jennifer:

Uncle Jeb was pretty funny, I did like him.

Finally seeing how the mirrors worked was fascinating.

 

Kristina:

Yes, the mirrors were pretty cool.

 

Jennifer:

Jared was hot.

 

Kristina:

Yeah, I didn’t think so.  I thought Ian was hot.

 

Jennifer:

HOW DO YOU NOT FIND JARED HOT.

 

Kristina:

Ehhhh,  I didn’t think he was hot in Red Riding Hood and I didn’t think he was hot in the Host?  I don’t know he just wasn’t appealing to me.  I pictured him older.

   

Overall:


"The Host"
Still not sure how they screwed this up…

Kristina:

I thought the movie was pretty average and nothing stood out but the contacts 🙂

 

Jennifer:

I think you’re being too nice.

It was way below average.

It’s the poop I accidentally step in.

 

Kristina:

Maybe MTV will make me proud and this will win the worst movie of the year award 🙂

 

Jennifer:

Oh please, MTV doesnt have any taste.

 

Kristina:

Because of this movie, do you feel this will effect Stephenie Meyers at all?

 

Jennifer:

No, she’ll continue to write she’ll continue to make her millions.

 

Kristina:

What was you favorite quote?  Mine was “Kiss me” (a simple peck) “No!  Kiss me like you want to be slapped”!!  LOL I think I might have to use that line!

 

Jennifer:

I was too busy hating my life to pay attention, honestly.

 

Kristina:

Yeah, so all in all I wasn’t that impressed with this movie at all!!  I give it a 1/2 star.

 

Jennifer:

I also give it a half star I think.  Yeah.

   

Read the book, seen the movie?  What did you think?

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12 responses to “At the Movies w/ Kristina & Jennifer: The Host

  1. After watching the trailer I had a feeling that it’s not going to be good, but still I hoped for a miracle or something…guess it’s really that bad…I LOVED the books, so I’m really sad now\n:( \n\nWell, I’m still going to see it, I’ll enjoy the hot guys if nothing else :P\n\nThanks for the fun review!

  2. First I’d like to say that I thought Jared was totally hot. I was really wishing I was Melanie in that movie. I agree the acting wasn’t great. The chrome vehicles bothered me too. I caught myself turning to my seatmates to say things I thought was silly. I liked the movie fine though. The timeline jumped too fast because they only had a little time to cover such a long book. Because of that they didn’t give us any way to connect to the characters. I really wanted to see more discussion of the medicine. I remember they did Clean and stuff in the book, but we barely even got to see the names of the medicine on those spray tubes. Anyway, it definitely didn’t have any suspense or action, but….I did kind of think it was romantic – even though I agree that the love triangle didn’t get enough play. Really – if someone hadn’t read the book they sure wouldn’t get how intense it was. I definitely wouldn’t go see it again and I probably won’t buy it on DVD, but I’m glad I saw it.

    • I agree, the timeline jumped way too fast and yes, there was no way to connect to the characters. I wanted to get to know Melanie BEFORE she was being chased, like in the book, but they just jumped into everything feet first. This is not a movie for someone who has never read the book. There is no backstory, no explanation of the souls, of the medicines, etc, none of that. It even bothered me that they didn’t stick her in a tiny little hole with the food when they were still holding her prisoner. Things like where Ian gives her a bag of cheetos in the book were vital to their building of their relationship, but in the movie, it just magically happens because they share a couple of well-timed looks. I didn’t buy it. I wanted what Meyer wrote, because for once, I thought it was good. (I’m a still a twilight fan, though).

  3. Kelly

    This makes me so sad! I was really looking forward to this adaptation, but it sounds like they really missed the mark! \n\n\nP.s. I really want to watch the 5th Element now.

    • They did. It felt like just as Kristina said: make a girly scifi, slap Meyer’s name to it and hope it pans out. I’m not even sure if she produced it, but either way, it was hugely disappointing, and I went in thinking it would be awesome. I’d say that was my problem, but Kristina went in thinking it would be meh so she had no expectations whatsoever, and she hated it too. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 9% now. Damn!

  4. pabkins

    OH jeezuz that bad huh? I wasn’t planning on watching the movie but one of my bestie’s loved the book and conned me into going this Sunday. I didn’t really want to go but now I want to go even less. *argh* Yes 5th Element is the best Sci Fi movie EVER!

    • I loved the book, the movie was such a huge disappointment. And I’m glad we see eye to eye on the 5th Element! Otherwise I’d feel like I’d have to fight you hahaha.

  5. Nosa

    I agree with you on most points though I have to say that Saoirse Ronan is an amazing actress. She’s an Oscar nominee and deservedly so. It’s pretty hard to speak to yourself and make it seem natural.

  6. Nosa

    I agree with you except with Saoirse Ronan. She’s a fantastic actress and a deserved Oscar nominee. It would be pretty hard to speak to yourself for a large portion of a film and make it natural.

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