‘The Host’ Review: Saoirse Ronan Proves She’s One Perfect Soul

Fri, March 29, 2013 3:10pm EST by 22 Comments
The Host Review
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Posted at 7:57 PM on April 21, 2013  

She’s a liar. The setting was nice, but this book is not movie material. Just see for yourself—check the rating Cough36cough on metacritic.com

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Posted at 3:14 PM on April 21, 2013  

Wasn’t expecting much beforehand, but love it, and have watched it 5 times. Brings up some interesting questions though. Like how the souls – who had to enter a human through a cut in the neck – managed that trick for the first one that arrived? And how about humans about to die, or crippled, or mentally retarded, do they also get a soul? And babies. Does the soul enter a new born baby – which then becomes an adult soul in a baby body – or do they wait for a certain age? Ah, inquiring minds want to know. Roland Riemers of ND

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Posted at 4:57 PM on April 21, 2013  

If you READ the dang book it answers questions about how the Souls took over, and it gives you more history on the other soul planets and on Wanda’s past lives and experiences. (kinda all over the place couldn’t really tell you an exact pg) Also mentions on the human baby question you have to.. Hard Cover version starting at about pg 481 in particular…

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Posted at 7:12 PM on April 20, 2013  

I loved the book, read it several times. I felt so depressed watching this movie because 95% of the actors were cast wrong…the brothers were so different, Pet was so miscast, the Souls wore white not black as in the book.. Mas Irons was the only one who even looked like Jared and Melanie/Wanda looked like a 14 year old girl kissing an adult.(ugh!) The cave was too bright and not anything like described in the book. I don’t think Stephanie Meyers did the book justice.We needed Mellisa Rosenberg (spelling?) to do the script to make a believable story..We sure as h-ll-lneeded a director who at least read the book beforhand…what a disappointment…there will not be a sequel but I look forward to new books to be written. for the first time ever I agreed with Rotten Tomatoes review!

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Posted at 7:11 AM on April 20, 2013  

The people nowadays are so picky. If its not perfect, than it sucks? No, it just means its not perfect and NOTHING IS PERFECT AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT.
This movie was so well done, the acting was great, the plot was great, the setting was great, what more can you ask for from normal human beings?
So many things happened in the book, its close to impossible to fit everything in a less than two hour movie. So you can’t expect them to squish every single detail into it
I think the movie was amazing and I HOPE SO MUCH that Stephanie makes another book and that they continue to make that book into a second movie because if they don’t I will honestly be really upset. They all deserve to make the second movie.
Thank you and goodnight

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Posted at 11:31 PM on April 1, 2013  

I’m so excited to go see this!!! I hope it’s not as much of a book compared failure as Beautiful Creatures turned out to be, i really don’t want to have the urge to hurl my drink at the theater screen again! I’m hoping it’s good and i’m really looking forward to seeing the actress for The Seeker, because that character in the book is very diverse and complicated and determined and i’m hoping Diane does her justice, and i hope they reveal WHY she’s like that also! I’m all out excited though to see this! I’ve been wanting to go for SO long!!!!!!

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Posted at 12:25 AM on March 30, 2013  

I think the movie was poorly done. I’m not convinced that the book CAN’T be turned into a good movie, however, but the focus was just in the wrong place. They needed to focus alot more on backstory, plot, and believability in timelines than on make out scenes and poignant looks to an understated soundtrack. Above all, they really did not showcase the goodness of the main character nearly as much as should have been, which made the whole movie less compelling.

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Posted at 3:27 AM on March 31, 2013  

The movie had a lot of potential, i think. It wasn’t too poorly done. They just didn’t have enough time to make you really feel anything. Everything just feels really sudden. They suddenly fall in love. Jamie is suddenly sick but is just as quickly healed…so you don’t really feel the sadness and suffering. The casting was pretty good, except for the 2nd host body, and I loved Ian and Jared. Melanie’s voice was kinda annoying though. She was really high pitched and Wanda talked weirdly, which makes sense since she’s an alien, but not because she was perfectly normal in the book.

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Posted at 7:55 PM on April 1, 2013  

I agree with what your saying. The book is like one of my all time favorites.. and I understand they don’t have time to put everything in, but I was a little disappointed how they didn’t have as much back story. Or history on the aliens and the worlds they inhabit. There was just that brief moment when they were asking Wanda how old she was. I also thought that the “hole” as Wanda calls it in the book food storage cavern) was really large. Obviously they wouldn’t make it as small a place as in the book, but what they did use seemed extra spacious.. Another problem I had was they ditched a lot of her deep character connections. Sure they left her obvious connection to Jared, Ian, Jamie, and Jeb.. But her friendship with Doc was skipped along with her “posse” (Walter, Lily, … etc) The ditching of Walter made sense that would have ate up time but, I missed all the other character connections.. My last disappointment, what the damage done to Wanda after being attacked by Kyle. She came out of that fight with ONE scar on her face, so it wasn’t as noticeable when she went to the healers to get the medicine for Jamie.

Other then that I did like the movie, I guess when your so attached to the book it becomes difficult to let go of all those details. All the details that they wouldn’t have time for in the movie. The movie was already 2hrs and 5min long, they had very little wiggle room left… Anyway those are my thoughts..

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Posted at 11:53 AM on April 5, 2013  

you are dead on about this movie. It was all to sudden, they showed too much about the seeker chasing them instead of revealing more character development. She meets humans, 10 mins later they all lover her, jared shows up kisses her, I knew it he said, He didn’t know it, he still didn’t believe her in the book, even in the movie he says I don’t believe it before he kissed her then he knew it, whatever. Jamie is hurt, two rides across the desert, pointless showing of desert and trying to show desperation that wasn’t there. Jamie sits up and is better says your getting good doc. He was out cold how did he know what happened, they smile and boom she is robbing stores blind, then boom the seeker caught boom the end. What? It was like choosing novacaine gum, you know your chewing gum, but you can’t taste or feel it. Such a disappointment.

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Posted at 11:16 PM on March 29, 2013  

I went tonight to see this movie. I had read the book twice and loved it. I thought that they did a great job on this movie. I loved it and the acting was terrific.

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Posted at 9:32 PM on March 29, 2013  

I think I’ll wait for the DVD.

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Posted at 3:39 PM on March 29, 2013  

Not a sci-fi fan at all, but my teenage daughter loved the books and will look foreward to seeing this movie :)

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