As a huge fan of the book it was a tear jerking experience to hear the beginning narration read by William Hunt preforming as Uncle Jeb. His smooth voice explains how the world as we know it has changed from the aggressive society we live today to a calm peaceful planet since Earth has been invaded by the Soul’s, an alien race. It was quit moving.
What impressed me was the sets and the acting. It was a wondrous thing to see the caves on screen. It certainly felt grand as the movie shows the massive living quarters of the last of the “unhosted” humans. The caves are written as much darker place in the book but are very well lit in the movie. This of course is a smart thing to do since bright place seem to represent hope. I think they did a great job with choosing the cast. I loved Saoirse Ronan as Melanie but if I remember correctly the book has her as a dark haired (almost black), grey or hazel eyes girl. This didn’t hurt the movie in the least but I still picture that girl as Mel. The actors all did a fabulous job portraying their characters and I am now in love with Max Irons who plays Jared! Seriously, he’s perfect for that roll and super nice to meet in person (met him in Dallas for the Stephenie Meyer signing).
What was missing? The soccer scene! For some crazy reason I was looking forward to that scene. I hate that it didn’t make it in movie. That was one of my favorite scenes in the book and I think it’s because it’s the first time Jared really understands that Mel is still in there with Wanda. And, that is when you see the jealousy between Jared and Ian starts to show.
The difference between the book and movie. In the book: The caves were much darker bringing a gloomy unpredictable feel to the story. There was more violent scenes between characters especially Kyle and Mel. Of course there is much more details about everything, the food they eat, their chores, the planets Wanda has lived on, relationships between other characters and more. It’s understandable that they can’t fit all the little details we get to experience in the book into the movie but I still think The Host movie a one of the best book adaptions I’ve seen.
You could call me a sentimental fool but I was so full of different emotions to see The Host come alive on the big screen. I had tears in my eyes in the opening scene. It was so hard to sit still when I was so excited to see the story unfold before me on film. I’m hoping and praying that we now get books 2 and 3 along with the movies ASAP. I know it is impossible with stories like this but all these characters deserve their happily ever after. I’m just wishing for the best.
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