Movie Review: Vampire Academy


MOVIE REVIEW:

Vampire Academy

Since we've been off hiatus we've seen a few movies (not Divergent -- that will happen next week ;) ). Oh....Vampire Academy. Where do I even begin? This had the potential to blow me away. BIG TIME. But there were some things that seriously fizzled out or were just plan weird choices by the producers. First let's focus on the good because unlike critics, I don't necessarily think this was a terrible movie. There were just some problems that made it straddle a B- and C+ for me.

The good? The casting, I felt, was pretty spot on. Zoey Deutch kicked ass as Rose Hathaway, and I don't think anyone else could have delivered those kinds of lines with that kind of Rose spunk. She was perfect. [Side Note: Becca and I also got some major Ellen Page vibes from this actress. We loved it!!] Another great casting choice was Lucy Fry as Lissa. The two of them together had a very organic friendship.

Now, the romance. Surprisingly, the standout was Dominic Sherwood as Christian. He played the bad boy to a tee.

Danila Kozlovsky embodied Dimitri, but I wasn't swooning as hard for him as I was in the books. The problem? That hair! Why, oh why, did the producer choose to make his hair long? I think that will be the question of the year...maybe even century (for me, of course, I'm sure all of you have better things to question). There was also another problem with the romances, which I will get to in a second.

So I loved the casting. The humor rocked! What went wrong? Character development and editing. Oh the editing! It felt like every single scene was no more than thirty seconds or a minute long before being quickly spliced into the next scene. There was no time to breathe, to take in the jokes or the relationships. It was just a punch line after a punch line without time to ingest the story. Such a shame since the books have amazing character development. There is not a single hint of insta-love in the books, but in the movie...it almost felt like Lissa and Christian fell in love from the moment they locked eyes. Their love-hate dynamic fizzled early on.

I say this time and time again with book adaptations--you have to change shit! Okay, I usually am more eloquent. But what I'm saying is that screenwriters rely so heavily on the source material, trying to do exactly what's in the book that they start to lose focus of movie storytelling. And that's something that I think happened in VA. The movie is pretty faithful to the source material. And this usually happens to appease fans. But don't you wish they just added scenes that weren't the book, that they could have expanded the world and made the plot a little more...dynamic. VA is an epic series, and the first movie needed to showcase that instead of focusing so much on the first novel. And it definitely needed more breathing room than the movie allowed it.

[Huge Side Note: If you've watched the movie and seen the trailer then you might notice that a huge seen was cut. The one where Rose is hiding under the desk while Kirova is on top seducing someone. It's cut and instead spliced sooooo abruptly in the actual film. Weird. And it shows that there were lots of odd editing choices for this movie.]

It sucks because there probably won't be a second film. In all honesty, this series should have been a TV show. But that won't ever happen with The Vampire Diaries on TV. Which is another shame because TVD is heading down a road of lame. (I am a big Klaroline shipper...so yeah).

Even though this movie is not one of my favorites, I will probably watch it again. It wasn't boring like Beautiful Creatures or as cheesy as The Mortal Instruments. It just lacked the proper editing and script to be the best movie it could be.

B -

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

FIND IT HERE: IMDB | ROTTEN TOMATOES

10 comments:

  1. I had no problems whatsoever with Zoey being cast as the lead. I adore her and she's pretty darn spunky herself. Omg, I can't wait to see Dominic Sherwood as Christian. My favorite character being portrayed perfectly? YES, PLEASE!!!! Hahahaha, that hair indeed. Ah, yes. I've heard that the editing wasn't very good. I don't mind changing the book for the sake of a good movie. I mean.. a book is a book. You can't put 400 pages into a 1.5-2 hrs movie--that just doesn't work. Ehh, yeah, the reviews for this haven't been glowing, but I'm so going to watch this and I can't wait to see how I feel about it. I'm glad that you enjoyed :)

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    1. You must see it! While it's not perfect, it's still pretty good. Dominic was great, but I do wish the romance with him and Lissa was a little more developed. Can't wait to see what you think! :D :D

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  2. Ohh. I was so excited for this one, but it looks like I'll be waiting for it to be out on DVD to see it... or you know, Netflix.

    Can't wait to see what you guys think of Divergent!

    - Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

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    1. It sucks that it didn't stay in theaters longer :(( But it will be a fun movie to watch at home, especially if you can watch it with other ppl and chat through it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Tabitha!

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  3. I need to read these books. I haven't yet and so haven't watched the movie either. But your review definitely has my interest piqued :D

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    1. The books are fantastic! So much humor and they read very, very quickly! Thanks for stopping by Jenn <3 <3

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  4. I actually didn't like Lucy. I found her boring and uninspiring, especially when she delivers that 'huge speech' at the end of the movie. And I just couldn't listen to her annoying voice.. Zoey was spot on though! I loved how she brought all that sarcasm :D

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    1. Oh...that last scene at the end with her speech was soooo bad. But I think I blamed it mostly on the script. It was just incredibly cheesy. Zoey's sarcasm was ah-mazing! Totally agree. Thanks for stopping by :D

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  5. Yes, yes, it went too fast. Scene after scene I felt like I couldn't breath. I read somewhere that the producers where forced to make it short & cut a lot of scenes because The Weinstein Company said so, but that the movie as it was planed was actually longer & spot on (I'll try to look up that source).
    Whatever the case, I don't think it was awful. Some editing here, some breathing there, somewhat longer & tada(!)
    Oh, well :/

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    1. I didn't know about The Weinstein Company, but that makes sense if they were the ones behind all the edits. And it definitely didn't work. I'm glad you didn't think it was awful either :)) Thanks for stopping by, Valeria!!!

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