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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HOST

March 29, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

“Long,” “tedious,” “unintentionally hilarious,” “silly,” “lumbering,” “consistently empty-headed” — those are some of the adjectives being used to describe The Host. And they all can be found in just one review — Lou Lumenick’s in the New York Post. In fact, the movie hasn’t received a single positive review from a major newspaper critic. What it primarily has going for it is the name of the writer who conceived the book on which the movie is based — Stephanie Meyer, who produced the Twilight trilogy, which begat one of the most successful movie franchises ever. Virtually every review of The Host compares it with the Twilight films — some favorably. Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News, for example, writes: “There’s no more subtlety here than in the Twilight saga, but at least this woozy, convoluted tangle represents a more interesting effort..” Those may be the most positive words written by any critic about this movie. More typical of the attitude of virtually all critics towards it are these comments from the New York Times‘s Manohla Dargis: “Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation. That sounds like it should work (really!), but it never does, largely because the story is as drained of energy as are its moony aliens.” Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post scorches the actors and the director, Andrew Niccol. Niccol, he writes, “is usually better than this. But I don’t blame him. His body has been taken over by Meyer, whose monomaniacal focus on the supernatural menage a trois is guided by her own alien overlords: the teenage girls who buy her books by the millions.”

  • Laurie

    Boo! This is the best book I’ve ever read. I hate to think the movie will suck. The problem with Stephanie’s books is that its mostly made up of internal dialogue that you just can’t portray in a short movie. Same problem as the twilight saga. Not to mention putting 22 hours of reading into a 2 hr movie.

  • Sparrow

    Totally agree with the first comment…stephanie meyer is one of the best authors out there today. You can’t criticise her or the director if everyone was expecting another vampire related movie, they should have researched it on the net before going to watch it. This is one of the best books i’ve read and therefore feel the movie will also be as good.

  • Bru

    I agree with both of you.. I loved the book, it is one of my favorites, and I loved the movie. But the problem is that you can’t put all the amazing scenes that give essence to the story into a small movie.. I mean, kyle’s girlfriend, and walter’s character.. I really missed those.
    And the sense of humor.. By the trailers I thought it would be a more serious sci fi movie, but it was not like that. I know Melanie is pretty sarcastic in the book, but in the film, that just sounded a little too forced.
    But i don’t like these critics, at all. They are not capturing the beautiful message that the story wants to pass us. They are only criticizing this much because the writer is stephenie meyer. It is blinding them, not allowing them to see this great and original story.
    Plus, the acting, mainly from Saoirse Ronan, is priceless.. The way she gave life to two absolutely different characters is fantastic.
    I really hope there is a second book and movie as well.. and that people stop criticing it so much. (sorry for the english, I’m Brazilian)