Director: Andrew Niccol
Actors: Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Diane Kruger (The Seeker), Max Irons (Jared Howe), Jake Abel (Ian O’Shea). Click here for a list of the full cast.
Runtime: 125 min
Release date: 29 of March, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fantasy, Romance.
So, for those of you who have been living in a cave for the past month, the Host is a movie that just came out, and it’s based off of Stephenie Meyer‘s international bestseller, The Host.
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Now, that was the description of the book, and not the movie, but seeing as the movie and the book are about the same thing, I thought I’d be lazy and just use the book one.
I believe that the first thing I should discuss is, of course, my opinion of the movie, and there are a few words that come to mind. Brilliant. Perfection. Awesome.
Despite the fact that the movie leaves you with a severe “movie-hangover”, it was amazing (for some reason I am italicizing all of my adjectives… I’m not really sure why, though).
The movie did keep very well to the plot, in my opinion, but it did leave out somethings that I wanted to see. However, it did take away the parts of the book that I didn’t like, so I guess you could say that it balanced itself out.
Sometimes, it almost felt like they were downsizing Wanda’s role (a little bit), which is strange seeing as she is the protagonist, but not the point where it was noticeable for people who hadn’t read (and weren’t obsessed with) The Host (book). Or at least, the person I went to the movies with didn’t notice anything – and this person hasn’t read The Host.
The acting was, surprisingly, good. In Twilight (also by Stephenie Meyer, for you cavemen who don’t know this) the acting wasn’t that great, to be honest. I like the movies just fine, and I adore the Twilight Saga books, but I didn’t really like the acting. However, I felt like the actors in The Host made the story so incredibly believable – and I did, in fact, cry once. Although, I cry on a daily basis, so it isn’t that much of an accomplishment, to be honest.
For all the women out there, I have to ask – are feeling as conflicted as I am? In the book, I adored Ian (to a point where it scared the people around me), but in the movie I, for some reason, felt more drawn to Jared (much to my disbelief/horror). I do find both actors attractive, it’s not that, I’m just liked Jared more.
(ARGH! Can’t handle all of these feels!)
The only part of the movie that I clearly disliked was the actor they chose (SPOILER ALERT!) to play Wanda after she “gives Melanie back” to Melanie. She seemed too… voluptuous for the sweet, pixie-like, person I’d envisioned in my mind. But then again, what do I know about casting?
All in all, it was a great film, and you’ll enjoy it even if you haven’t read the books.
Anyone else see The Host? Anyone going to see it now after my review? Let me know in the comments section down below. – Notice the excruciatingly bad rhyme I just did.