So I have managed to watch this now and I have to say I quite enjoyed it.
Shailene Woodley is wonderful. And there are plenty of eye candy moments. I haven’t finished the book yet though. In this case I wanted to watch the film first. Often if I read the book first I get grumpy with the differences.
They changes have tightened the story for visual impact and a whole sub-plot story line has been minimised. Putting aside the book for a moment, the film is enjoyable, action packed and open ended to leave the option open for further adaptations. I really liked it for what it was, but think I’m glad I watched before reading. I understand why fans of the book were frustrated with the adaptation but I’ve seen enough of them that I know to not expect the same thing I picture in my head whilst reading.
I think we all know the plan is to split the third book into two movies, personally I’m not sure how that is going to work, I don’t know that there is enough substance to do this. However it’s not my decision to make.
This teaser trailer has been released and I’m not sure how I feel about it, the direction they appear to be taking and all, even though I love Donald Sutherland and he plays a smarmy dictator so well.
I guess only time will tell how people respond to this trend in movies to drag adaptations out.
So I did see it and yes I had issues with it but at least this time I didn’t quite want to throw my shoe at the screen like I did with the first film.
(Though I wouldn’t mind having one of these in my back yard)
The young cast seem more comfortable in their roles (though they are older than the characters are supposed to be) and there were a few casting changes, obviously some names didn’t want to come back. On the whole I think they did this book a bit more justice than the first, though there are plenty of things they miss out (Percy’s dreams of Grover), and they make loads of changes (how Percy and Tyson meet) both of which may very well be a bit annoying. I think with these movies they’d be better saying they are based on the books because as adaptations go they play fast and loose with quite a few details. Still an enjoyable way to spend a little time (unless you are a loyal fan of the source material), but the books are definitely better, sure that’s my opinion and you are more than welcome to your own.
So disclaimer to start, I’ve never read the books. They just never interested me.
This movie has a stella cast, I love Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and think Emmy Rossum and Viola Davis are pretty awesome too. This is a case of I want to see the movie because of the cast. I have to admit that the basic story line is pretty appealling as well – is the witch going to be good or bad, though with a boy involved it is also pretty predictable.
The movie itself is quite tight, quite enjoyable. Irons and Thompson simply rule the screen when they are on it. As a stand alone movie it does alright, as the first of a series I’m not so sure. It didn’t really leave me wanting to see another instalment. However it did serve to have me looking at the book series again to see if I might have missed something. Going back over stuff about the books I went back to my first decision to not read them, there is simply so much out there to read, I don’t have time to read something that seems frustratingly convoluted. I could be wrong, and I’m sure there are many who love the books, they just aren’t for me. The film though was a good introduction to the world and the characters and hopefully did it’s job in leading others to the books.
A story is a powerful thing. Once we step inside there are worlds to discover, treasures to find, mysteries to solve, adventures to be had and friends to meet. You can learn, laugh, cry, be amazed and be swept away. Come on a journey with me as I welcome you to