Michikit Friday, May 02, 2014
So I finally saw the movie and I liked it, not loved it, but liked it. I think that there was room for improvement, but it was certainly better than what I’ve seen in the trailers. If you are a fan of the books don’t expect a very serious, dark movie. The producers decided to turn it into a comedy for teenagers. The Mean Girls vibe was there in the dialogue, in the school and in the plot. The central point of the plot seemed to be the students’ social problems and their love lives, which as far as I recall was noticeable in the books as well, but not as much.
First of all I loved the actors, I am a huge fan of Zoey Deutch and I think that she did a great job portraying the funny, sometimes sarcastic and also a badass Rose Hathaway. Lucy Fry also did a decent job in portraying Lissa Dragomir, although I would have imagined her a little bit different, but exact physical matching between the characters and actors were never a must for me. Although I was pretty pleased with most of the characters, one bugged me through the entire movie: Dimitri Belikov (played by Danila Kozlovsky).
The Love Story
This is the thing that annoys me every time a book to movie adaptation shows up: the love story. I may be different, but when I read a book, and that book is any other genre besides romance, I tend to focus on things that are not related to the love relationships. I have nothing against them, but in movies they are always rushed and awkward and Vampire Academy was no exception.
The entire plot felt chaotic. There were no indicators for the time passing so it looked like the entire action moved at the pace of a couple of days. Some things felt rushed while others felt like were moving too slow.
Overall I enjoyed watching this movie, but much like in The Mortal Instruments case, this is a movie I am only going to enjoy once. I would have loved to see a slightly darker version with the witty, sarcastic characters. It worked for Buffy, it could have worked for Vampire Academy too.