based on the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead;
directed by Mark Waters;
screenplay by Daniel Waters;
starring Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway), Lucy Fry (Vasilisa Dragomir) and Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri Belikov)
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 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.
Dyan and I are both huge fans of the Vampire Academy series. Richelle Mead is on both of our auto-buy/auto-read lists and we just love how she can write all humorous, sexy and serious scenes really well, while still keeping her characters in character.
Both of us gave four stars to the first book in the series, but neither of us wrote a review considering the book’s already pretty out there. But here is one of our favorite scenes in the book that was also good in the movie:
“A ghostly smile flickered across his face. “If you weren’t so psychotic, you’d be fun to hang around.”
“Funny, I feel that way about you too.” He didn’t say anything else, but the smile grew, and he walked away.”
Rose and Christian used to be Dyan’s favorite pairing, but then of course she realized that Rose and Dimitri were meant to be! Still, she and I really liked this scene even in the movie. Rose and Christian were just hilarious together!
Okay, so the other day Dyan and I went out to watch Vampire Academy, which, as we’ve already mentioned, is the first book in one of our favorite series. So of course we had do watch the movie, no matter how much it looked cheap and as if it were some sort of spoof. Here’s my mini review (with a bit of Dyan’s opinions here and there) on the movie (which might contain spoilers):
The movie was hilarious! (In good and bad ways.) So glad we watched it. Although a lot of things really sucked about it, I still appreciate that they tried to keep the story as close to the book as possible.
The main problem I had with the movie was the pacing. Since they did try to cram everything from the book into this movie, everything felt too fast. Of course, that led to some bad acting at times and really confusing scenes (if you haven’t read the book). I was a bit confused sometimes myself, even if I have read (and reread a bit) the book.
The acting was alright. Rose had good chemistry with her friends (Lissa, Mason *fangirls* and Natalie), but with Dimitri? Just no. They were really stiff and odd around each other. Dyan often cringed when they had scenes together (while I was practically laughing my ass off with how uncomfortable Dyan seemed with the age gap between them–Danila’s 28 and Zoey’s 18, I think). Of course, I may have felt some tingles here and there, but for the most part they were just really awkward together.
Other actors were really good, such as Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera), Sarah Hyland (Natalie Dashkov) and Claire Foy (Ms. Karp), whose scenes I really enjoyed watching. It’s usually the insane/weird characters that I end up liking in movies, since I know that the actors worked hard on their roles to achieve the insane-vibe.
It’s sad to end this review on a bad note (or two), but I’ll have to mention how much I hated the action scenes with Zoey Deutch (Rose). She was a funny character, at least, but I don’t think she’s cut out for the action scenes. Remember that scene where she punches Mia Rinaldi? Yeah, it looked totally fake. And whenever she was training with Dimitri? *cringe* Another odd thing was the ending, where they show a cave full of strigoi. That doesn’t happen until book three, right? Dyan and I were so confused by that.
Overall, I think you should watch the movie if you’ve read the books and want a little laugh. Or a lot. It depends on if you’ll find the funky-ness of the movie funny or irritating.