Movie Review: The DUFF

I am finally writing this review, it feels almost surreal.

As I am sure some of you readers know, I had the chance to go see The DUFF at an early screening, and I wrote all about the experience too! It was definitely an adventure getting there, and even more of an adventure in the theatre! But all in all, it was a great night full of laughter and just a plain old fun time. So, without any more delay, here is my review of the DUFF…

*This Review Will Contain Spoilers for both the Book and the Movie*

To kick everything off, I knew walking into the movie that it was going to be significantly different from the book, but I just did not know how much they were going to change. And the answer is – a lot more than I expected, and I did not appreciate it. I know that they had to change things in the movie to keep the rating low, and to just generally adapt it for the silver screen. But in many ways, I feel like they only kept the rough storyline, the characters name, and the overall outcome. Think of it this way; the book is the Banana Split, the one with the good ice-cream, with whipped cream, sprinkles, fudge sauce, caramel sauce, strawberries, and a cherry on top, the movie is a bowl of ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, it was just not as good as I would have liked it, and everybody knows that you take the banana split over the ice cream bowl, unless you are allergic to bananas. The movie cut out the whole storyline with her Dad being an alcoholic, and just had her living with her mom. Which messed up a significant part of the plot that was included in the book. And you know what is even worse – they didn’t even have them work on their Scarlet Letter Book Essay together, which is one of the most frustrating things about this whole thing. That ties in the book to classic literature, and shows the depth behind the characters, and it really just has so much significance in the book that I don’t know how they can even justify taking it out of the movie. In all honesty, it just really hurt my heart. Now, if any of you were wondering what made me the most angry about this whole thing, it was the fact that they cut out my favourite scene in the book, when Wesley Rush punched Bianca’s father in the face. It. Was. My. Favourite. Part. Of. The. Book. So, if you can tell, that made me inexorably angry.

You all must now be wondering if I even liked the movie, and the answer is yes. I enjoyed the film. It was generally light-hearted, but the ending proved to have a deeper more impactful meaning, that I believe is important for all the girls and guys watching the movie. It was funny, the humour in it was inescapable, and it contained a lot of different types of humour as well. I am a big fan of very dry satire, and I didn’t think that the movie would be able to boast that, but it did it a unique way. I like that the movie is targeted toward a younger audience than the book was, because that means more people will be able to hear the message that Kody so brilliantly depicted in her novel. All in all, it was a good movie. It just wasn’t The DUFF.

Feel free to ask me any questions about what else I thought about the movie! I love hearing from you guys!

Keep on designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

Advertisements

Movie Review: Palo Alto

So I have posted the cover and book review, it is now only time to post the Palo Alto Movie Review too! I watched the movie a few days ago and gave my brain time to think of everything that I wanted to include in this post before actually writing it.

Okay, so the movie was directed by Gia Coppola and starred people like James Franco, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff and many other talented actors and actresses. This movie was not true to the book, not that I was expecting it to, but I still think that fact should be included in this review. The movie was done in an interesting way, and it was quite good. After reading the book I liked how I could see that they blended some characters together and made the story lines overlap in a slightly more visible way.

The movie did not make me think as much as the book did, nor did it grasp my attention like the book did, but nonetheless the movie was still enjoyable, and I would encourage all who have thought about reading the book to do so. The movie showed a different aspect than what most movies revolving around the teenage life show. No, it didn’t deal with supernatural love, or a girl rising out of the ashes of a society and changing it for the better. It didn’t deal with the apocalypse or wizards, but it did show a truly raw and dark part of peoples lives that I have no doubt in my mind truly do exist in some peoples realities. I found it quite easy to sympathize with some characters, and others I was glad to not have. The movie really did show an aspect of a teenagers life that is not so often projected on a screen, and for that I am grateful.

Definitely check the movie and book out, and if you have any questions about the movie leave them in the comments and I will be sure to respond as quickly as possible!

Keep designing your own catastrophe…

Hannah

The Maze Runner: Movie Review

*Spoiler Free*

As many of you are aware, I have had an obsession with The Maze Runner book, and I was finally given the opportunity to see the movie. And I must say, I was not disappointed. The movie, sadly, did not follow the book at all, but it did give room for a well thought-out screen play in my opinion and some pretty nice looking males running around a screen for 2 hours. I was not a big fan of the accent that they had Theresa try and portray, because it was broken and you could easily see through it. I was quite impressed with how they portrayed the Grievers though, they were just scary enough with just enough of a look to them that suggests that they were built and combined with the living. Gruesome, huh?

I also really enjoyed the way they showed the Maze, and how they were running through it. This movie kept me on my toes and ready to leap into action in an attempt to escape the maze at any second and I thought that was amazing. I hope to see this movie again in the future and re-watch all of the awesome parts.

The one compliant I truly do have about the movie though is, that I wish they stuck more to the book. I miss all the parts of the book that I couldn’t wait to be shown on screen. But nevertheless, I encourage all of you to go and watch the movie and tell me your thoughts on it in the comments below!

If I Stay Movie Review

blogger-image--1164319805Today I went and saw If I Stay. The movie is based of the best selling novel by Gayle Forman and features the famous and talented actress Chloe Grace Moretz. I read the book this week and I was very impressed by Gayle’s style of writing as well as the book itself, so heading into the theatre today I was expecting the movie to be close to the book. I was not disappointed. The movie starts off just like the book and although it does add some stuff it makes the story more understandable to people who haven’t read the book. Chloe immediately impressed me by how easily she portrayed the character Mia and I am still blown away by how amazing of an actress she is at such a young age. By casting people that are the same age as the characters they played really made the movie better and more relatable.

Adam, played by Jamie Blackley, exceeded my expectations! Adam is a very complicated character to play and I was blown away by how easy Jamie made it look! The chemistry and the emotion between Mia and Adam was so real and very heartfelt. The movie was also very funny, just like in the book, but also very serious. The memories shown were spot on, and the screenplay was almost exact. Trust me on this considering I just finished the book a few days ago.

The score was brilliant! It fit perfectly with the movie and was just enough of classical music and rock and roll to suit everyones taste. I am so happy about the score because music is this entire book and being able to feel Mia play and rock out to Adam really helped bring the movie together! Sometimes I found that when the switched into certain memories it was kind of awkward but they still managed to get their point across and bring tears to my eyes!

If you have read the book, you know the ending. The ending was exactly the same as in the book but everyone in the theatre (I know they all read the book too) sat in silence while watching the credits role because we were still stunned. I knew what was happening and I was still crying! Its like The Fault in Our Stars all over again!

I highly suggest you read this book and then rush over and see the movie as soon as you can! You will not be disappointed! Definitely one of the closest book-to-movie adaptations I have seen in a very long time!

What did you think of the movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Let us know!

Jordan