What happens when you get the opportunity to see a movie early, meet the author of the book, and two of the male leads? Well, step into this post and see!
As many of you may or may not know, The Host, which was written by Stephenie Meyer, comes out as a movie tomorrow! Though many may not know who much of the cast is (unless you’re older like me), I can assure you – if you like sci-fi, romance, and a little bit of humanity, you have a reason to see this. Or maybe you just like Stephenie Meyer, in which case, go see this and support her! (Ok ok, you have a crush on Jake Abel and Max Irons, there I said it!)
About 2 1/2 weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Stephenie, Max and Jake. A couple of days later, I also attended a book signing with the trio. What happened? Obviously the movie, but then a slew of questions in a short 15 minute period at the screening – and a whole lot of people showing up to a teeny tiny bookshop to meet these three! Further – what happened with the Q&A? Well, actually you can check out the full video HERE (video taken by Stacey over at PageTurners). My brain didn’t think “Hey turn on the camera” until about halfway through. Sorry about that, but major thanks to Stacey for having the mind to hit record! I was able to get a few photos though, and here are the best!
Those boys were a riot! Max with his accent, and Jake with his…well go watch that video, you’ll see what I mean! Of course, Stephenie was exactly as poised as I remembered from past events (okay, premieres).
What about the book signing? Well, with well over the 750 tickets actually given, things had to move pretty quickly as there was only a 3 hour window to fit us all in! Who was lucky number 3 though? This girl! Now, in my crazy mind, I also got another number which wasn’t until 737, but it was all well worth it – word vomit and all! I even created a shirt for the event. Oh, and Stephenie signed it! Check it out!
Ok…so enough about the experience, you all want to know “How was the movie?” In one word: Fantastic! I give it 4.5 stars…and coming from a 5 star review of the book (which you can go back to HERE), that’s pretty good right? I will say, there were obviously a few things here and there that I was disappointed with – lack of characters/character development in the film, small tweaks (like the appearance of the Seeker), and a couple things that seemed a little less in place – but I also had to think about how small the budget was, and what Andrew Niccol’s vision was. Thankfully, I got a little more insight to some of those things via videos from the roundtable discussion with fansites in LA! Anyhow, I digress, the movie was cast extremely well. Though Saoirse Ronan is relatively unknown, her portrayal of Wanda/Melanie is beyond words. The way the fighting between Melanie and Wanda takes place is incredible. Diane Kruger did a phenomenal job as The Seeker. She has a great way of making you think she’s evil without actually appearing too evil (since the souls aren’t supposed to be ‘harmful’).
Max Irons – all I can say is “yum” (am I allowed to say that?) He portrays Jared in this way that you don’t know whether to love or hate him…and then there’s Jake Abel who has to make a complete 180 in the film, which is honestly hard for many actors – but he took the cake with this! Those are really the main four that are a constant part of the movie that you’ll want to look out for. There’s also Chandler Canterbury who plays Jamie. I have a feeling he’ll get more parts after critics, film makers, and fans alike, see this movie! There are a couple of extremely familiar faces in the cast for the “almost 30s” and up! Who? William Hurt and Frances Fischer, who play Uncle Jeb and Aunt Maggie respectively!
In all honesty, I didn’t know how much I’d end up enjoying the movie since I am extremely critical when a book becomes a movie – but I really did enjoy this, and even happened to cry a couple of times (for happy and sad reasons) during it! So please, go see this movie! And if you went to a screening or book signing and have anything to add, feel free to leave us a comment! We’d love to know what your experience was!
Oh yea, that directly above is me talking to Stephenie Meyer. I only identified it because of my awesome Forever tattoo (once a Twihard, always a Twihard).
*photo credit to the Naperville Sun