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I think there are three problems with the film:
1. The thing that almost sunk the movie for me was the way the character of Melanie Stryder was manifested in Wanda's head. I didn't mind the use of voice-overs, but I did mind the way that "Melanie" came across...sometimes, she sounded like a petulant 14 year-old and not the 20 year-old woman she was in the story. When Saoirse Ronan was in Wanda mode, I found her mostly more convincing and otherworldly (although near the end, she started sounding like a typical human girl with weird contact lenses in her eyes instead of an alien being that had lived multiple lifetimes in different bodies over a thousand years).
I really do wonder if it would have been a smarter thing to have cast an older actress in the role (perhaps if Jennifer Lawrence had been free she could have done it better). I think Ronan is a beautiful woman and she's definitely talented as an actress but as I said, when she was in "jealous Melanie" mode, she came across as very young...and not particularly likeable.
It also would have been smart to minimize the internal dialogue as much as possible and convey a lot of it with just Ronan's expressions and flashbacks.
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The romance aspect was well done too, and with deep psychological and moral values at play, this was indeed a true romance movie, not a chick flick. If you wish to look for it, there are some deep issues this movie poses. If you're not a philosopher type and just want to kill time watching a romance with your significant other (or alone), the movie can be watched that way too. Either way, the casting and acting was very well done, the CGI could have been better for a sci-fi, but its not weak enough to detract from the experience, and the ending is very well set up to allow the movie to just end here, or, if Stephanie Meyer continues the trend that most authors do, set up for a sequel.
Of course if you don't enjoy romance movies, or are looking for a sci-fi with a bit more...fighting, then it would be wise to steer clear of this one.
For a basic plot summary, "The Host" sees Earth being colonized by aliens who take over bodies and suppress the human souls. When this process happens to Melanie Styder (Saoirse Ronan), however, her soul fights back against "Wanderer", the new alien being. With this internal battle raging in Melanie's body, she reconnects with her younger brother (Chandler Canterbury), former boyfriend (Max Irons), and uncle (William Hurt) who just so happens to be leading a pocket of human resistance against the colonizers.
To me, the interesting parts of this movie consisted of the battle between Wanderer and Melanie for which soul would rest in their shared body. A lot of "what it means to be human" themes swirl around, many of which produce some deep-thought issues.
The trouble is, I felt that the acting and directing was woefully inadequate to portray some of those lofty philosophical ideals. The film was just too stark and stoic to ever draw out the kind of true, real emotion that can make characters memorable. The "love triangle" evident about half way through the movie has no "kick" because the two male members just don't have much character development. The same can be said for the young boy character. Just not enough "acting meat" to ever make me truly care about the principles.
Finally, and this may get me a few automatic down-votes alone, but I feel this is a movie that appeals much more to women and their feelings/emotions.Read more ›
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Very good show I had read the book & surprised my oldest daughter who is an avid geek with this movie.. She loved it so much she cried then loved it even more!Published 1 day ago by Jennifer Tucker
For some reason, listening to this movie on my phone with ear buds helps me clear my mind and fall asleep. I do it often, and Netflix no longer has it and YouTube took it down. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tara Harrison
disappointing, disjointed. maybe because I read the book, which was good.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story drew me in and there is very little bad language. You almost see his butt once but the romance is tame compared to almost any TV show. Great, fun movie!Published 12 days ago by Audrey Grier
Very entertaining movie. I had read the book first and wasn't disappointed with the movie.Published 14 days ago by SueVH
I read the book liked it I watched the movie I loved it. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Same for my wife. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mattchoo
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