07 February 2014
Vampire Academy, The Movie
All righty! These are by far my favorite books of all time. Richelle Mead created a world where vampires are not scary creatures (well some of them are, but I'll get to that). Basically being a vampire is more of a nationality. Moroi are vampires with special gifts. Dhampirs are half-vampire breeds that are an offspring of vampire-human mating. Strigoi are the scary-ass vampires. Got it?
Rose Hathaway is Dhampir. She is not full vampire, but has special powers (heightened strength, speed, etc) so it makes her a perfect companion to guard the Moroi. A dying breed of vampires that are run by a royalty commonwealth.
Since it's first publication in 2007, I have devoured these books several times and when I heard they were making it into a movie, I was skeptical. I saw the TWILIGHT movies and well, they did nothing for me. I tend to be disappointed in Hollywood when it comes to adapting a best seller. So I went to the movies, by myself, not really expecting much.
Um, yeah, I went in totally wrong!
I loved the movie. I loved the casting, the direction, the adaptation, etc. It worked well. What didn't work well was the god-awful trailer. It did mainly a disservice to the film. I really hope they film the other books as well, because I think the whole story really takes off after FROSTBITE.
Zoey Deutsch as Rose was brilliant.
Lucy Fry as Lissa was also well cast.
Danila Kozlovsky this one was a leap of faith, but he really grew on me. To me Dimitri was leaner, taller, more sculpted. The accent was perfect, he was a bit thicker than I would've liked, but all in all, great casting.
The other side characters were great as well. No Adrian on this one, but if FROSTBITE is made, I'll be there with bells on!
Posted by Laura Benson
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