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Movie Reviews: Warm Bodies

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A surprisingly touching and tender movie, despite it’s loose horror theme, Warm Bodies is an unexpected gem of a rom-com.
The special effects in all but a few scenes are realistic enough, and the makeup is fantastic, but the real driving force behind this delightful movie is the actors. Nicholas Hoult is stellar as the love-struck zombie, R, and almost impossible to look away from. The way his face fills with all the hope and fear and love and vulnerability R feels without ever betraying his undead characteristics or saying more than a few words at a time is amazing to watch. Teresa Palmer is also excellent as Julie, the object of R’s affections and Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton (M and Nora, respectively)’s few lines are some of the movie’s best.
While I had hoped for a bit more comedy, as this is classified as one, I was still endlessly entertained and thrilled by Warm Bodies, and blown away again and again by Hoult’s performance.

Star4

Movie Reviews: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that this movie was designed for those who had read and loved the book, rather than as a movie that could stand on its own. There are gaps in the movie that are filled in the book, so for those people who hate this movie and are dismissing it as Twilight-esque, I encourage you to read the books. I think this movie would be better enjoyed as a companion to the novel. Nonetheless, it was highly exciting and enjoyable and stuck to the original story about as much as could be expected. Some highlights for the movie were the inclusion of some of the funnier lines from the book, which sets the story apart nicely, and Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan who play Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis to perfection. It’s no fantastic, it’s not horrible, it is just what you would expect – a funny, action-packed and enjoyable movie best enjoyed along with the novels rather than as an alternative.
WARNING: If you have only read the first book than I suggest waiting to see this until you have read City of Glass, as they added some major spoilers for some reason!
Star3

Movie Reviews: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

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Ladies and gentlemen…. Allow me to introduce the worst book to movie adaptation EVER. Everything that was amazing about the book has been taken and irreversibly twisted into a completely ridiculous film full of cheap laughs and pointless additional scenes. The book is less than 200 pages long, it can’t have been that difficult to stick to it. The starring actors fail to capture all that was good about their characters on the page, and instead turn them into idiotic, soulless pieces of cardboard. Do yourself a favour, read the book and avoid the film at all costs!
Star0.5

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

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Due to my fear of blood I was unable to watch all of The Hunger Games, but I did manage to watch it in between the goriest parts. The movie takes the book’s brilliance and transfers it easily to the big screen, and while it is not by any means as good as the book, it is a worthy companion to it. I was disappointed by the elimination of certain characters (Madge) from the book, but understand why it was necessary. The cast are all fantastic and captured their roles perfectly –  Jennifer Lawrence storms onto screen as the fiercely protective Katniss while Josh Hucherson’s Peeta, with his charming, easygoing quality balances her out perfectly. Well worth the watch, whether you’re a fan of the books or not.
Star4

Movie Reviews: Beautiful Creatures

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I was originally drawn to reading Beautiful Creatures after watching the movie trailer (which looked amazing), and finished the book just a few hours before I saw the movie. In doing that I got a great perspective for exactly how the book differed from the movie – and it differed A LOT. The basic plot was still in place – a boy living in a small southern town falls in love with a girl who happens to be a witch (or Caster in this case) – but anything beyond that was changed almost entirely from the book. I’m sure hardcore fans of the book would have been disappointed by how this movie turned out, as even the most major of plot points have been changed. I, however, enjoyed the book but was not extremely in love with it by any means, and found myself liking the movie… well, more than the book (please don’t kill me BC fans!). The movie injected some more humour into the story than was present in the book, making it a bit lighter and easier to enjoy. Both the book and movie had the chance to be great and fell a bit flat, but if you’re looking for a nice, silly movie to watch or a light read to curl up with, you could do worse.
Star2.5