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  • I saw The Host yesterday when it was released in Australia. I was really looking forward to it. It never even occurred to me that I wouldn’t enjoy it. Usually, even if a movie has some flaws, I can still find it a good movie.

    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy The Host at all. It makes me sad to say that, because I wanted to, but I found a lot of things were lacking in the movie.

    Overall, one word describes my opinion of the movie, and the irony is not lost on me. It was soulless. Soulless and clinical. In spite of the fact that I already care deeply about all the characters in the story, I found it hard to care for any of them at all in the movie. They just didn’t engage me. Perhaps this was because everything was told so quickly. More time was required. I know that movie moguls don’t like films that go over the magic two hour mark, but some need to if they are to tell a story successfully, especially a story as complex as this one. And the lack of time was evident from the start.

    The introduction of the souls and how they arrived was too quick. I liked their look and
    everything, but there was just a monologue from Jeb to tell the audience what happened. We also didn’t see much of soul society, something that I felt was lacking. It would have been good to have even a brief scene of Wanda living with the other souls before Melanie made her rebel.

    I liked how Wanda left. I thought that was well done. I loved the scene when she obtains the car! It encapsulated a lot about the story in a very simple way: the difference between Melanie and Wanda’s points of view, and how nice and trusting the souls are, although they seemed to be the enemy.

    I thought too much time was spent with the seekers. Although I did like the scene when Wanda’s seeker, in her desperation, shot one of her own, I still think if it was a choice between more seeker time and more time spent dealing with the more primary characters (Wanda, Melanie, Jared, Ian, Jeb, etc) then the seekers should have been left out. This was a mistake that came across also in the Twilight films. These stories aren’t driven by conflict with the ‘bad guys’ but by inner conflict in the main characters. They are intimate stories that just so happen to be in epic fantasy settings.

    Another thing that annoyed me was Melanie. She was so damn irritating, especially at the start. I also think they started her talking too quickly. I felt it would have been more effective, for example, if she was silent until she begged Wanda not to turn in her brother. Then Wanda could have been made aware of her presence at that point. She also talked way too much. It was very distracting at times. In fact, all the characters suffered from too much dialogue.

    I think Saoirse deserves a lot of applause when she had such a difficult job, and most of the time
    I could believe it, but there were a couple of times when it didn’t work for me. Max Irons dropped his accent a couple of times, not that that’s a big problem. Other than that, he did a good job. I’m pleased to say that Jake Abel impressed me as Ian. He did a fine job. Chandler Canterbury was a bit hit and miss, although he had a lot to do for someone so young. Taking that into consideration, he did well. William Hurt was on track as Jeb, as was Frances Fisher as Maggie. I liked Wanda’s seeker, although I think it was a mistake to make it clear early that she was having the same struggles as Wanda, and that’s why she behaved that way. I think that explanation should have been left until the soul was taken out of her. And unfortunately, although I felt the performances were good, a lot of the scenes felt very stiff. Some of the dialogue just didn’t come off. This is another problem with modern adaptations of books. Sometimes they can be too close to the source material (because the fans will scream blue murder if they aren’t!) but it doesn’t always work. A good book does not necessarily make a good movie.

    When Wanda was saying goodbye to Mel I found that effective, but I thought the guy who played Doc was hopeless. He didn’t seem very upset that Wanda was telling him to kill her. And the scene with Wanda arriving in a new body had no emotional impact at all for me. I didn’t like ‘Pet’ at all. In fact, her introduction scene was one of the stiffest in the movie. I could sense no attraction between the new Wanda and Ian at all.

    But my biggest problem was how little time was spent developing the Wanda/Ian relationship. Considering how important it is to the story it was way too fast to be believable. He was strangling her in one scene, then five minutes later he was smiling and listening to her stories. Ten
    minutes after that he was kissing her. Perhaps it was because there was no sense of time passing in the scenes. I think even a montage that showed him moving gradually closer to Wanda, indicating the passing of time, might have helped. But I couldn’t buy their relationship
    when so little time was spent developing it.

    I’m sorry to say something so negative. Believe me, I really wanted it to be otherwise. I was looking forward to posting a brilliant review, but unfortunately, that isn’t possible.

  • I saw it Tuesday night, and I loved it. I had a smile on my face the entire time, and almost cried half a dozen times, but the movie was so good that I didn’t need to. It is the impossible love story that is timeless. I wanted to see it more then anything, and I’m glad I did!!

  • April

    I just came back from watching The Host tonight. I absolutely loved most of the movie. Sure they left out a lot of things but that wasn’t what killed it for me. The moment the mirror reflected Pet I almost died. She’s supposed to have long blond curling hair with a youthful look. That was CERTAINLY not who they choose to portray Pet. Did no one bother to read the book before casting Emily Browning? UHG! She spoiled the whole thing!! The movie was perfect until she popped into it. I’d almost rather they ended the movie before revealing Pet and leave the rest to our imagination.

  • I love the movie I went feeling kind Sadened By all the hate its getting across the internet (avoid Rottentomatoes seriously most of the people are obvious trolls) But I loved it the emotions were that same i felt reading the movie the flow was pretty good (a little rushed) But other then that it was great all the character were perfect compared to the book counterparts, I missed a lot of the missing Scenes from the book, some of the character relationships, But this didn’t seem to hinder the movie in any way i just know there there in the novel waiting lol. April not to call you out, but i couldn’t agree more I mean Pet was awesome the color of her hair isn’t what maker her character and Emily Takes Saoirse’s characteristics of Wanda and duplicates them perfectly. She is Small and has glowing skin(not really glowing but you know what i mean) I do think the should have given her some make up in the first scene, personally it just look slightly off, but all her other scenes looked great.

    • I completely agree with you 🙂 I will probably go see it again before it is out of theaters…

      • Yeah me to if I have the money lol I will go as many times as I can

  • Shanna

    For the most part, I was very pleased with how The Host turned out. And, much like Stephenie did, I found I was balling my eyes out by the end of it (like I did when I read the book), so I suppose I’d have to grade this movie a B. Everything was done well, the actors were brilliant, and the movie did embody the core aspects of the book. I think the two main things I would change, though, would be the following:

    1. Less scenes with the Seeker. I understand why there were so many (as the movie needed a threat and main antagonist), but I almost felt like they cut to her too much, and the movie became a bit disjointed for the fact. Going to her every now and then was fine, but I didn’t think it was needed after every cave scene.

    I also found it a bit odd that Lacey was nice in this rendition, and the Seeker the bad one (when at
    the end of the book, you almost sympathized with the Seeker for having Lacey in her head all the time), but that’s not that big of a deal, and I understand why they did it.

    2. Getting into the Souls’ mindset more. To me, the brilliance of The Host comes from the moment you realize there isn’t a black and white right or wrong here. Of course we sympathize with the humans, but as time progresses in the book, you do kind of see how the Souls thought they were
    doing something good (it’s their code to be kind, generous, etc.), and wonder if we can really blame them for what they are, etc. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I missed some of the deeper concepts being delved into: like how we value the individual whilst the Souls value the populace. Things like that would have really driven this movie home for me (more than it already did), so I do miss their inclusion a bit.

    Other than those things, I really truly enjoyed this movie, but since there were a few other things I would have changed (not as big of deals, though), I suppose I’ll list them below for the heck of it.

    1. I wanted more of Wanda. I felt like this movie sort of catered to Melanie a little too much (which is understandable, as that would market better). But as someone who ended the book with Wanda as my favorite character, I’m sort of sad we didn’t get to learn more about her (like knowing she was a teacher, that she hated seeming weak, hearing her “Rides the Beast” story, etc). Especially since one of the reason I loved The Host was that originally, like most people, I went into it hating Wanda and the Souls, and was solely rooting for Melanie. Then, though, when I started trying to see it from their perspective (and saw what a dear Wanda was), she became my favorite character in it. As Stephenie designed it, it’s an amazing and beautiful thing to see humanity from the eyes of someone who’s not human, and I miss that. I miss seeing her struggles about what’s right and wrong, and seeing how she gave up everything for her new loved ones and family.

    To that end, I also sort of wish it would have taken longer for people to accept that Melanie was there with Wanda. I get why they shortened the process in the movie, but I do miss all of the turmoil there. Honestly, I guess I would have just done some of the things with Wanda somewhat better. I miss seeing more of her and Melanie’s relationship (they almost seemed too cross with each other in the film, but maybe that’s just me). I miss the confrontation between Jared and Wanda at the end when she was going to kill herself for them, but mostly… I think I miss the Jamie scenes.

    One thing in particular that stood out to me is the scene Jeb gave Jamie the gun in the movie. I was waiting for Wanda to freak out about it, like she did in the book (because if Jamie was on watch duty he’d be in danger), but it didn’t happen. And seeing how the rest of that scene DID happen in the film, I feel like it was a wasted opportunity not to include it. Things like that were key to Wanda’s character and what showed the humans that maybe they were wrong about her, but alas scenes like that weren’t as explored as much as they could have been.

    Yeah… I really wish Wanda and her relationship with everyone would have been explored just a bit more. And I’m a bit sad that it was Melanie telling Wanda advice in the movie, when in the book it was the other way around. Melanie was blinded by her joy at being with Jared again, and wanted to tell him everything. Wanda, though, knew Jared would perceive it as a lie, and was the one to tell Melanie not to react… But that’s not too big a departure, and I can see why they chose to go that route (they had to have Wanda being the one speaking aloud, and Melanie the one in her head. If they’d had too many conversations going on in their mind, it would have been confusing).

    Okay, looking back at it, maybe there are three things I would have changed: less Seeker scenes, more sympathizing with the Souls’ mindset, and more of a focus on Wanda. And though this comment might be a bit of a downer, and make you think otherwise, I DID love this movie. The things they changed I understood, and they did capture the heart of the book beautifully on film.

    If it were me, though, I just would have done things a tad differently. Like, including the scene where Wanderer sees “hope” in the two souls walking with a purely human child. Other scenes, like things with Sunny and Walter, also would have been nice (fortunately, I knew they weren’t in it beforehand, so I didn’t get my hopes up about it), but maybe they’ll include Sunny in the next movie? Stephenie did say she was going to be an important character…

    Once again, despite what this review makes it seem like, I DID love this movie quite a lot. And I’m so happy with how they handled things, and that they accomplished as much as they did. Still, nothing’s perfect, and I hope I illustrated that here without being too harsh?

    Well, with this really long comment, I’m going to sign out! -dreams of going to see The Host again and again and again-

    -Shanna

  • Nomderploom

    Saw it this afternoon. Really enjoyed it. Some parts were exactly as I imagined when I read the book. You can’t fit the entire book into a film, but I think they made a good job of what they did, I would recommend it.

  • Lucija H.

    I personally liked the movie but since I am a great fan of the book I didn’t expect anything else. And although loved the movie I do have a couple of remarks: First of all the movie was way to rushed. It felt as if Wanda was in the caves for two weeks tops. Some things that in the book were 100 pages apart were even happening simultaneously. Second, since it was all rushed a bit there was no relationship development, especially between Ian and Wanda. It was something like this: I’m choking you, I’m realizing you’re not so bad, I’m looking at you for two days, I like you, I love you, You’re. Not. Leaving. Me. If hadn’t read the book I wouldn’t have known why Ian loves Wanda or why Wanda loves Ian. And third, there wasn’t enough suspense or hype in the movie, but some of you might not find that a bad thing.

    I am pleased to say that the acting was brilliant. Saoirse Ronan portrayed Melanie/Wanda struggle impressively and the scenes where Melanie breaks trough felt natural and not at all awkward (which was my fear). The dialogue between them was often very funny and amusing. I have to say that William Hurt did such a great job playing Jeb I can’t even express that with words. Max Irons played a great Jared but there wasn’t enough of him, the same is with Jake. They both acted very well but the script didn’t provide information on why they were so special that Wanda/Melanie are so in love with them. Jake was also pretty funny (and if anyone is wondering the first thing he say is ”Was.”). Kudos to Diane Kruger who played The Seeker. Her outstanding performance brought The Seeker to another level and you really have to see the movie to understand what I’m talking about. Boyd brought Kyle to life perfectly and Frances Fisher was a great aunt Maggie.

    The directing was in my opinion very neatly done. The scenery was absolutely wonderful. The colors were nice. So congratulation to Andrew Niccol on the directing. But the script he provided was a bit troubling (there were few unnatural conversations and frequently the conversations would end by Wanda simply leaving the room)

    Anyway I loved the film and I think that all the fans of the book will too. In my opinion the movie didn’t last long enough. I am so gonna see it one more time in the cinema because I was an emotional mess yesterday so maybe I’ll change this review a little bit after that.

    Ratng: 7/10

    • I also was impressed by Diane Kruger. The scene when Lacey get’s her body back-while a bit different than the book-her performance had me in tears 🙂

  • I liked it a lot! It cut a lot, but it kept the emotional core of the story, and the ending.

  • Becca

    I though it was as perfect as they could have made it.
    Sure, it was missing some parts and sure, the characters weren’t as developed as they were in the book, but for a movie from a book, it’s one of the best I’ve seen.
    The actors didn’t exactly look like the characters in the book, but they felt like them. And I almost wish they would have cut off the movie before they showed Pet and let us imagine her, but whatever.
    I wish there had been a little more of Wanda like in the book when she’s a teacher. The movie focused a lot on the Seeker whereas the book was more about Wanda/Melanie which I like a little bit more.
    There are ways it could have been better, but overall it was nearly perfect.

  • I loved the movie. It was a good book to movie adaptation. They definitely got the emotional parts down. Especially Jamie. I’m hearing all this hate online but people need to realize this book is a difficult one to make with the amount of emotional and nonact parts in it. But if you enjoyed the book you will love the little key stuff they did leave in. Overall I will see it many times cause it was amazing.

  • MelIanJared

    i haven’t yet seen the film because i live in france and the film comes out in April!
    I’m so disappointed but I’ can’t wait to see the film after what you said about the film

    So what do you think about the film ??

  • Rhianna Jackson

    I saw it this morning and it was phenomenal. There are no words to describe how amazing it was. It had so much of the book’s story in it and still I was shocked and surprised when something happen (even as I knew it would happen). The love ‘quadrangle’ gripped me and was funny and interesting. I liked the actors/actresses that were chosen and thought they portrayed their characters well, especially Saoirse Ronan who took on 2 parts that were very different.

    One thing I’d have loved to be included was the cheetos because I think that would have been very funny and uplifting to watch. Can’t wait for the sequel book so I can read it and then, hopefully, the sequel film. I have an official obsession with this franchise!!!

  • Jess

    I saw The Host today and it was amazing! I loved it, the end wasn’t as good as the book ending and I was gutted that Walter wasn’t in the film but it was still great Saoirse was so right for the part and Max was great too, Jake was good as well and although a little different from the book the movie is still great.

  • The Host movie is a nice compliment to the book, but cannot replace it!… When the movie was over and the lights popped on I realized I was having the same reaction that I felt with the first Twilight book and movie; a little disappointed, but glad they made the movie! I was disappointed that a lot had been moved around, stuff was added to give appeal, as well as taking away, and some characters were not in it at all… Also there was a feeling that everything needed to be rushed… With that said if they make a second, third, fourth, or more, I will be there on opening night to watch them all, just like I was with the Twilights… Even more so with The Host because it is my favorite book!

  • Heike J.

    I have to say, after months of building excitement and nervousness, it has lived up to my expectations. I’m surprised that it only got a rating of 14% on Rotten Tomatoes; I thought it would receive a 50% or so, because after all, critics are critics. The actors and actresses (Saoirse Ronan, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury, Jake Abel, Max Irons, and so on) all gave incredible performances. It did a good job of distancing itself from the Twilight franchise. That being said, I think I enjoyed the movie more having read the novel beforehand, because the concept is very tricky to convey properly in two hours. At the same time, I like the little surprises that Andrew Niccol stuck in there (Lacey being nice, Aaron and Brandt’s deaths, etc). The only thing I feel was a wrong choice was Emily Browning as Pet. She looked too similar to Saoirse in my opinion, but I guess the sequel will prove whether she is a good fit. Regardless, I would recommend it to all of my friends, and I think the whole cast and crew did a wonderful job!

  • IT WAS NOT AS GOOD AS THE BOOK. AND THEY LEFT OUT KEY PARTS OF THE STORY. I FEEL THAT IT WAS A MAJOR FAILURE!

  • ell

    it was amazing ! but it wants more details :/

  • Guest

    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

    This statement by Mark Twain has become very real to me over
    the past 24 hours. Throughout the long years that have passed waiting for the much
    anticipated theatrical version of The Host, I too found myself among the
    majority who waited with excitement, anticipation, and joy. I searched vigilantly
    for any and all news articles, interviews, featurettes, TV Spots, magazines,
    books or trailers that permitted me a small glimpse into what I truly believed
    was going to be a work of art. When angry fans lashed out at the film, I
    defended it. When haters came around to scoff at another piece of work by Stephenie
    Meyer, I fought it. When word needed to be spread about the release of the
    film, I endorsed it. Sadly, Mark Twain’s statement doesn’t end when the comma
    appears. It continues on. “Pause and reflect” it says. Take a moment and think,
    ponder, contemplate on whether ‘the majority’ is the right side to be on. I
    wish with all my heart that I could say I made the right decision. But alas, I did
    not.

    I’ve seen The Host twice now within a span of 12 hours. The
    first time I saw the film I tried to view it through the eyes of someone who
    was not familiar with the story. It is my opinion that even though a film may
    be based off of a book it has to be able to stand on its own as a well-developed
    piece of cinematography complete with an intriguing plot, a properly structured
    story, stimulating special effects, great actors, and emotion that pummels me. I
    did not want to spend the whole 2 hours comparing the book to the film or
    filling gaps with elements from the book in an attempt to make the movie’s
    overall story stronger where it is weak. Following the conclusion of the first
    viewing only one statement was prevalent in my mind: “To say The Host was bad
    is a complete understatement.” I was crushed, broken-hearted, and torn apart. I
    had such high hopes and I was shot down. I felt this uncontrollable urge to
    race home and pull my book from off the shelf and read, just to remind myself
    how truly amazing this story is. Against my better judgment I went to the movie
    theater the next morning and watched it again, hoping and praying I was
    mistaken the first time around. I wasn’t. The same thoughts that occurred to me
    the night before occurred to me again and they are thus:

    Andrew Niccol’s adaption of The Host is choppy, cheesy, and
    rushed. Fluidity is nonexistent. I was constantly bombarded with scenes from within
    the cave then abruptly taken to a scene with the seeker (that lasted all of 10
    seconds) than back to the caves again. The endearing, romantic lines that were
    so beautifully written in the book come across as cheesy and sloppy on film.
    Seriously, it was embarrassing. Most offensive of all, the whole thing was
    entirely too rushed. The development of the characters and the progressive
    change in attitudes, opinions, and perspectives were all but extinct. Now I
    know why Ian and Wanda’s relationship was hardly advertised – it doesn’t exist!
    When reading the book, I feel Stephenie hands me a delightful onion that is
    stunningly crafted to show the depth of layers. When watching the movie, I feel
    Andrew hands me that same onion except it’s taped shut with duct tape. There is
    no depth to the film, no development, no heart, feeling or emotion. For lack of
    a better term, it is soulless (ironic isn’t it?)

    I do give props to Niccol for taking on this substantial
    load, with no experience, and actually doing well at narrowing down and providing
    the audience with the scenes that are most critical to the story. Yes, some of
    my favorite scenes and characters were removed but it doesn’t hinder the story
    (or the lack thereof). I understand what he attempted to do and I acknowledge
    his effort. However, I do feel he still completely missed the mark. Instead of
    focusing on the most important SCENES he should have been focusing on the most
    important THEMES and tried to develop those. Instead of a thought-provoking
    tale of survival, humanity, peace, war, and love I’m left with essentially
    another Twilight film on steroids.

    As far as the actors are concerned I found myself being
    drawn and impressed most by the secondary characters. Characters like Maggie,
    Kyle, Jaime, and the Seeker. I wasn’t blown away by Max and Jake’s performance
    but I did feel they held their own. Saoirse is a phenomenal actress for her age
    but I feel her performance in this film is highly overrated. The lack of
    emotion she brings to the table is astounding. Wanda is supposed to be living
    Melanie’s life. She’s supposed to be experiencing the same emotions that
    Melanie feels. Emotions like anger, hate, sadness, stubbornness, love, and the
    feelings of a broken-heart. Did I see any of this at all? No. Instead the Wanda
    I saw on screen was a soft spoken, stone-faced little girl who arguably had
    less character than my dirty kitchen dish cloth. Now, before you stone me I
    will admit that she did have a few moments here and there where she brought out
    the emotion I was craving but overall it was severely lacking. That’s what made
    the whole experience so frustrating. I know Ronan can do it, so why didn’t she?
    As far as Melanie is concerned – annoying with a capital ‘A.’ Ronan does a very
    good convincing southern accent but that was pretty much the only redeeming quality
    in the whole performance. Melanie’s voice over sounded fake. Coincidentally, it
    sounded like she had recorded all her lines in a studio rather than experience everything
    in the present tense and respond appropriately. Again, I saw no varying degrees
    of emotion from Melanie other than delivering her lines with her typical feisty
    southern way of speaking. News flash, even a feisty southerner’s voice can fluctuate
    depending on the emotion she’s feeling.

    What frustrates me the most about the whole movie is that I’ve
    never before come across a film that I despised so much and yet it had a few moments
    that were so powerful they literally made me cry. It makes me so angry because
    that means the film had potential, it just fell short – extremely short.

    Any positive feedback I have of the film is few and far
    between, but here it is nonetheless. I
    thought cinematically the movie was stunning. The view of the desert was
    astounding and the clash of chrome among the dirt laden land was amazing. It’s
    simple, but it really emphasizes the fact that Earth has changed somehow. The
    music for the most part is beautiful. It was peaceful, lovely to listen to, and
    it drew out the proper emotions from the audience. However it wasn’t always
    like that. There were times I feel the music didn’t fit with the scene it was
    matched with. It really through me off.

    In the end, I just hope and pray this whole experience will
    become no more than a memory very very quickly. It’s difficult to deal with the
    knowledge that you’ve been so devoted to something for so long only to have it
    not worth it in the end. I look forward to the day when I can read the sequel
    to this spectacular tale, for that is where my heart truly resides now.

    • Guest

      I used exactly the same word in my review: soulless. And you’re right. That’s why there’s so little about Ian and Wanda’s relationship in all the prelim stuff. There wasn’t much to show. Blink and you missed it.

  • “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

    This statement by Mark Twain has become very real to me over the past 24 hours. Throughout the long years that have passed waiting for the much anticipated theatrical version of The Host, I too found myself among the majority who waited with excitement, anticipation, and joy. I searched vigilantly for any and all news articles, interviews, featurettes, TV Spots, magazines, books or trailers that permitted me a small glimpse into what I truly believed was going to be a work of art. When angry fans lashed out at the film, I defended it. When haters came around to scoff at another piece of work by Stephenie Meyer, I fought it. When word needed to be spread about the release of the film, I endorsed it. Sadly, Mark Twain’s statement doesn’t end when the comma appears. It continues on. “Pause and reflect” it says. Take a moment and think, ponder, contemplate on whether ‘the majority’ is the right side to be on. I wish with all my heart that I could say I made the right decision. But alas, I did not.

    I’ve seen The Host twice now within a span of 12 hours. The first time I saw the film I tried to view it through the eyes of someone who was not familiar with the story. It is my opinion that even though a film may be based off of a book it has to be able to stand on its own as a well-developed piece of cinematography complete with an intriguing plot, a properly structured story, stimulating special effects, great actors, and emotion that pummels me. I did not want to spend the whole 2 hours comparing the book to the film or filling gaps with elements from the book in an attempt to make the movie’s overall story stronger where it is weak. Following the conclusion of the first viewing only one statement was prevalent in my mind: “To say The Host was bad is a complete understatement.” I was crushed, broken-hearted, and torn apart. I had such high hopes and I was shot down. I felt this uncontrollable urge to race home and pull my book from off the shelf and read, just to remind myself how truly amazing this story is. Against my better judgment I went to the movie theater the next morning and watched it again, hoping and praying I was mistaken the first time around. I wasn’t. The same thoughts that occurred to me the night before occurred to me again and they are thus:

    Andrew Niccol’s adaption of The Host is choppy, cheesy, and rushed. Fluidity is nonexistent. I was constantly bombarded with scenes from within the cave then abruptly taken to a scene with the seeker (that lasted all of 10 seconds) than back to the caves again. The endearing, romantic lines that were so beautifully written in the book come across as cheesy and sloppy on film. Seriously, it was embarrassing. Most offensive of all, the whole thing was entirely too rushed. The development of the characters and the progressive change in attitudes, opinions, and perspectives were all but extinct. Now I know why Ian and Wanda’s relationship was hardly advertised – it doesn’t exist!
    When reading the book, I feel Stephenie hands me a delightful onion that is stunningly crafted to show the depth of layers. When watching the movie, I feel Andrew hands me that same onion except it’s taped shut with duct tape. There is no depth to the film, no development, no heart, feeling or emotion. For lack of a better term, it is soulless (ironic isn’t it?)

    I do give props to Niccol for taking on this substantial load, with no experience, and actually doing well at narrowing down and providing the audience with the scenes that are most critical to the story. Yes, some of my favorite scenes and characters were removed but it doesn’t hinder the story (or the lack thereof). I understand what he attempted to do and I acknowledge his effort. However, I do feel he still completely missed the mark. Instead of focusing on the most important SCENES he should have been focusing on the most important THEMES and tried to develop those. Instead of a thought-provoking tale of survival, humanity, peace, war, and love I’m left with essentially another Twilight film on steroids.

    As far as the actors are concerned I found myself being drawn and impressed most by the secondary characters. Characters like Maggie, Kyle, Jaime, and the Seeker. I wasn’t blown away by Max and Jake’s performance but I did feel they held their own. Saoirse is a phenomenal actress for her age but I feel her performance in this film is highly overrated. The lack of emotion she brings to the table is astounding. Wanda is supposed to be living Melanie’s life. She’s supposed to be experiencing the same emotions that Melanie feels. Emotions like anger, hate, sadness, stubbornness, love, and the feelings of a broken-heart. Did I see any of this at all? No. Instead the Wanda I saw on screen was a soft spoken, stone-faced little girl who arguably had less character than my dirty kitchen dish cloth. Now, before you stone me I will admit that she did have a few moments here and there where she brought out the emotion I was craving but overall it was severely lacking. That’s what made the whole experience so frustrating. I know Ronan can do it, so why didn’t she? As far as Melanie is concerned – annoying with a capital ‘A.’ Ronan does a very
    good convincing southern accent but that was pretty much the only redeeming quality in the whole performance. Melanie’s voice over sounded fake. Coincidentally, it sounded like she had recorded all her lines in a studio rather than experience everything in the present tense and respond appropriately. Again, I saw no varying degrees of emotion from Melanie other than delivering her lines with her typical feisty southern way of speaking. News flash, even a feisty southerner’s voice can fluctuate depending on the emotion she’s feeling.

    What frustrates me the most about the whole movie is that I’ve never before come across a film that I despised so much and yet it had a few moments that were so powerful they literally made me cry. It makes me so angry because that means the film had potential, it just fell short – extremely short.

    Any positive feedback I have of the film is few and far between, but here it is nonetheless. I thought cinematically the movie was stunning. The view of the desert was astounding and the clash of chrome among the dirt laden land was amazing. It’s simple, but it really emphasizes the fact that Earth has changed somehow. The music for the most part is beautiful. It was peaceful, lovely to listen to, and it drew out the proper emotions from the audience. However it wasn’t always like that. There were times I feel the music didn’t fit with the scene it was matched with. It really through me off.

    In the end, I just hope and pray this whole experience will become no more than a memory very very quickly. It’s difficult to deal with the knowledge that you’ve been so devoted to something for so long only to have it not worth it in the end. I look forward to the day when I can read the sequel
    to this spectacular tale, for that is where my heart truly resides now.

    • Like you I saw the film a second time-trying not to compare it to the book. I enjoyed it more the second time, but I still relate to your frustrations. I also like the positive feedback you posted here-and I too was impressed by the contrasts, the scenery, and music. It’s funny that you said in some parts you were moved to tears even though mostly you were frustrated-I also found myself in tears even though I had disappointments. I’m going to give it a third try next weekend-I love the story so much I just have to 🙂

      • you’ll have to let me know if it gets better with time.

        • For me it has gotten better with time. I have had different groups of people ask me to go see it with them, and I have now seen it four times. Maybe I am a little too obsessed with fiction/films! However, by the third time I loved the movie. I went with my father who is a professional musician and very artistic-he appreciated the score and aesthetics of the movie. He said the second time he saw it he really appreciated the sisterhood that formed between Melanie/Wanda and was moved to tears at their goodbye. He has not read the book, but after a second viewing of the movie he wants to. He said the second time he became move invested and interested in all the relationships. That was interesting to me because he doesn’t have as much back story on the characters as someone who has read the book. It’s funny, the fourth time I saw the movie I felt more sympathy for the character Jared than I ever felt-even reading the book. In a couple of scenes I could see what the actor was trying to get across. It reminded me of how I felt in the book when Wanda and Melanie were prisoner in the hole and going a little insane-I was thinking Jared was also entering his own brand of insanity and desperation. I can’t wait to read the book again and see if my sympathy transfers to book Jared (I was a little upset with him in the book!) 🙂

  • sophia

    i loved the movie it was so amazing and i hope stephenie meyer makes another book and movie because i loved this book and her work is always amazing i really loved this one because its not only about a love triangle it really ist and at the end of the movie i was like they have to make another one because their are more humans alive and it makes u think about what would happen next i just really want staphenie to make another book it will be amazing i know it i really DO

  • Nia Kusumawardani

    It is an amazing film.. But it went too fast. But I love it.. *I watched this yesterday*

  • Shelby Mc.

    I really hoped to be blown away by this movie, and when I wasn’t it was kind of a let down. Overall it felt hollow. It was okay, maybe even good, but it had the potential to be great and it just wasn’t. That being said, there were still some parts that I could really appreciate.

    First of all, I really appreciated the fact that some parts still surprised me despite my hardcore stalking of this site and the film in general since it was in preproduction. Also, there were parts that made me laugh out loud and that was really nice.

    There were two things in the movie that I liked better than the book. These were: 1) The glowing worms and Jamie introducing them to Wanda and 2) When the seeker was taken out of Lacey and she got her body back. These scenes just caught all my attention, they were really, really great. The glowing worms that looked like constellations… fantastic idea Mr. Niccol, just wow. And Diane Kruger’s performance as Lacey with her body back was heart wrenching, I loved it sooooo much more than the book, and I didn’t expect that to happen at all.

    My biggest disappointment, along with many other fans, was the Wanda/Ian relationship. Aside from the common complaint that it was rushed, the inner struggle within Wanda and her confusion about Ian’s feelings were completely gone. That was one of my favorite parts of the book and made her character so much more REAL. In the book, the basic issue was that Melanie and Wanda were both in love with Jared, who was only in love with Melanie, and Ian was in love with Wanda (who wasn’t sure how she felt about Ian until the very end). In the movie, Wanda had no hesitation. Melanie loved Jared and Wanda did too at first, or at least her body did, but as soon as Ian started treating her more kindly, she decided she had feelings of her own for him. It just really took away from the movie for me. On another note, it slightly annoyed me how everyone in the caves was fine about Wanda going in and out.

    Those were just my basic likes and dislikes and vague overall feelings. I’ll spare any of you who are still reading from the torture of an even more in depth review. I’m definitely planning on seeing the film again, and now that I’ve been desensitized to all the differences from the book, hopefully next time I can watch it with a less critical eye. Thank you everyone who actually read this whole thing, please comment/reply if you agree/disagree with my reaction, I’d love to see what other book lovers thought. 🙂

    • I also enjoyed the two things you numbered in your review. I was very moved by Diane Kruger’s performance in the scene where Lacey gets her body back. Like you, I was pleasantly surprised by the scene. I relate to your frustrations. I enjoyed it more the second time I saw it, I hope you do too 🙂

  • stephenie meyers work is always amazing i loved the actors they did an amazing job max irons saoirse ronan jake abel they all did wonderful saoirse is amazing loved her and max and jake when i found out it was becoming a movie i thought to myself and said this is going to be a phenomenal its really good when i read stephenies work how she describes everything in the book when your watching the movie ypu remember how she described it in the book when i frist read the host i loved it i showed the book to my friends they read it they loved it let me tell you something they say teens are in to love stories yes we are i am only 13 years old i know its more of something an older person would read but i get the story i am not a teen looking for love stroies NO but yes i did enjoy twilight and i know it has lots of fans but twilight is more about a teens love and the host has lots of things going on in it its about how love can really survive in the world they are in now and how can they survive with one another thats what i love so much about the host maybe i am just a teen/kid that thinks it that way but maybe this year is not about vampires maybe its time for something different to be made i loved the host and i really hope stephenie mayer makes another book and movie i read the book because i knew who the author was and i knew whos work i was really reading i knew that the twilight books were good and i knew that if stephenie was the author i would love it and i did i will read and go watch anything stephenie meyer dose i love her work so much i really do and i hope she dose another book and movie the actors were all amazing they had the best director andrew niccol hes amazing he did an amazing job everything was perfect

  • Michelle

    I thought the movie was great. Did it leave things out from the book? Yes. Was there ever any doubt that it would? No. There were, of course, a few things that I would have enjoyed seeing or seeing more of (i.e. Ian/Wanda’s relationship) but there were 3 key plot points that were my favorites from the book that I thought were done well on screen.

    1. Kyle trying to kill Wanda. It was amazing in the book and condensed well to the screen. The fight was great – I still wish it had been drawn out a little more and had had Wanda with her face pressed against the pillar struggling to hold Kyle up – but it was still good. Pleased with this one.

    2. Wanda seeing the Souls dead with Doc. Totally lived up to my expectations. I loved Saiorse’s reaction. Her yelling at Melanie to go away was perfect. And I loved that Ian followed her and sat and waited. The montage of shots of her sitting in the same place interspersed with scenery was breathtaking.

    3. The “You will not leave me” scene. It was more powerful in the books, yes, but only because in the books you also have Sunny and Kyle and more interaction with Jared. With what they had in the movie, this was a very convincing scene and made me go “awwww” and tear up just a little. Ian asking to talk to Melanie was great.

    Most of this greatness was due to the actors. Yes, Max and Jake aren’t as old as Jared and Ian are supposed to be – so what? Who. Cares? These 2 young men brought these two characters to life perfectly. By the end of the movie, yes, Ian and Wanda’s relationship had been rushed (I think it would have been better to have the shots of Ian staring at her and clearly rethinking his opinions BEFORE he talks to Jared about quitting being human) but you totally believe it. The way he protects her subtly by stepping in front of her when confronted by Seekers, the way he holds her hand at the end…btw, I love Emily Browning as Pet. Perfect casting choice. Now I just hope she can hold her own in the sequel.

    And Saoirse Ronan was perfect. Some of the Melanie lines – not in the book – were perfect. Her Southern accent was amazing (am I still the only one in shock and awe that she can go from such a thick Irish accent to a totally convincing Southern accent???)

    Finally, the score. Perhaps the scene that drove me closest to tearing up (and there were quite a few) was the one where Brandt and Aaron died. That. Was. So. Sad. “Don’t get caught.” The music right there was spot-on and awesome.

    Lastly, in no regards to the movie, did anyone else’s movie show the trailer for “The Conjuring?” FREAKED ME OUT! I did not sign up to be terrified of a trailer before my movie!! Haha.

    But yes The Host gets 5 stars from me…though I will be rereading my book soon. 🙂

    • >>Her Southern accent was amazing (am I still the only one in shock and awe that she can go from such a thick Irish accent to a totally convincing Southern accent???)

      Er, the accent slipped in and out. It was thick at times, barely there and sometimes non-existent. I’m not sure if she did the southern accent during interviews, but her southern accent isn’t really convincing – it’s no better than any actor who attempts one.

  • hazal

    ı saw the film yesterday and it was really amazing.scenes of jake and saoirse could be more.because in film, ıan fall in love with wanda too early.we didn’t see the process of how ıan love her and my only dissappointment was to not hear ıan’s that words:”ı hold you in my hand wanderer and you were so beautiful”and in book,he explain to wanda why he start to feel something to her but he didn’t in film.anyway, despite these deficiencies ı really enjoyed ‘the host movie’ and ı am looking forward to reading next book The Seeker.

  • Skylar Schlueter

    I loved the Host. I saw it opening day, and I just loved it. Did it live up to the book? Yes, a little it did. Did I think it could’ve been better? Yes. I don’t know about you, but I thought that Wanda’s new body looked like a fish! But I loved all of the characters, and I cried when reading the book, and I just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry while watching the movie in some spots. Would I love to see it again? YES! I can’t wait until Meyer makes another book and movie. I give this move 4 out of 5. Yes, it wasn’t as good as the book, but it never is. I LOVE THE HOST!! <3333

  • Bobbetee

    I saw the host yesterday with my friend, (We are both absolutely obssesed with “the host”), and overall, I think that it was alright at best, horrible in some parts, but amazing in others. Overall, I was kind of let down at the whole movie.. It had the potential to be a great movie, and even though it fell short, I still loved it though!
    Here are some of my main concerns:

    1. I feel that the whole production was just rushed, I mean, sure movies over 2 hours don`t sell as well, but seriously? I feel like they included too many not needed scenes, and they rushed the important ones, leaving no time for the development of certain emotions and characters relationships.

    2. O`wanda. I mean seriously? Ian goes from seeming kind of neutral in the first scene, when they find her in the desert, but then in the caves, he decides he wants to kill her, understandable right? But then literally like two days later, he`s giving her water in the fields, completely changing every perspective that he has been taught for the last ten years in short amount of time, with no explanation whatsoever. Then he takes her out of the caves, I mean he barely knows her! Why does he suddenly decide to trust her, after everyone thinks that she is a seeker? And then, he suddenly is in love with her, and doesn`t want her to go. One part that I was really angry about was how he just lets her go, I mean in the book! Dont even get me started about it. Also, it seems like they are just totally in love, after what two weeks? In the book, its like six months, as he slowly grows to see that she is “Possibly more human than any of us”, and she realizes that he is not the brutish oath that wants to kill her, and starts to like him too.

    3. One thing I didnt get, is how the seeker just murders one of the souls, then is allowed out again, after a few days! I mean, I get being forgiven, but I think that if that really happened, they should have sent her away, right then and there to another planet.

    4. Another thing with the seeker, you never really realize that her host is resisting too, until she is suddenly talking to herself and referring to herself as “we”.

    5. They never really explain how she (melanie) grew to love Jared, why does she love him? Why is wanda in love with him? I really missed that part in the ending where he confronts her as she is leaving ians room for docs office, going to her own death, and then he comes out and asks her what she is doing. Because otherwise, it doesnt even look like he cares about her… at all!

    6. Dont get me wrong, I loved Sairoses acting in this film, but one thing that really took away from the performence was her accent. Anyone else notice how it was perfect in some scenes, but then going irish again in others? Seriously inconsistent. Also I dont really think that they captured the real essence of the film, I mean why is wanda suddenly changing? Why does she save kyle from the river? Why does she attack the seeker when she mentions capturing jared?

    7. For some reason, the whole idea with the cave where she is kept at first in the move being like 10 times bigger than in the book kinda set me off a little bit. I think that it was a whole part of how she was being treated in the beginning, and toward the end.

    8. I think that they needed more jamie scenes, because all that I am really getting from this movie is that he is like a 8 year old (hes supposed to be like 13), that wanda randomly has this strong affection for, and would die for him. In the book he is so kind to her and watches out for her and bonds with her. Also I didnt like how in the movie when Jeb tells Jamie to guard wanda, and gives him the gun, wanda doesnt even resist. In the book, she doesnt want him in danger for her.

    9. I also didnt like how in the movie they kind of focused on melanie, like how it was going for her in the caves and whatever. I also missed her stories, those were some of the most interesting aspects of the story! They only really focused on Wanda in a few rare scenes. I mean isnt the whole point of the story to show how this outsider, completely innocent and perfect, comes to earth, this harsh planet, and she meets these humans, supposedly violent or whatever, and she learns that really they arent all that bad. That she grows to love them, how she realizes that what they have is worth fighting for. Then she loves them so much, that she would be willing to give her own life for them, to let the one that she loves the most have hers back. She goes through all these emotions, so powerful that she is taken away by them, love, anger, hate, loss, sorrow. In the movie they kind of cut that all out

    10. The part where they find wes dead, well that was kind of emotionless, as you never really got to know him with lily, and how much he would be missed and all that. In fact it almost seemed that whenever someone died in the caves, no one cared, they all just kind of moved on from it and didnt care.

    11. Pet. Their choice of casting was just absolutely horrible! Honestly, that kind of wrecked it for me, that actor is so not right. I mean in the book Pet is alright, but in the movie. Well lets just say I was NOT impressed.

    12. One part that kind of confused me, is when she saw the dead souls, how she went and sat in that cave. They give absolutely no explanation as to why on earth she is not crying. I mean when I read the book I was like “the mourning of the bats”? Seriously stephenie? But it was definately better than that.

    13. They should have included more little details, like the cheetos and that sort of thing. Those kind of things really make the story interesting.

    14. It was almost like they felt like they had to show a scene with the seeker after every. single. cave. scene. It seriously broke the story apart and made it choppy.

    15. One thing that I did not get was how Jeb was so defensive over wanda, besides his initial curiousity, what was keeping him from giving her to doc?

    Now the parts I did like better about the movie

    1. I think that the casting (at least for most of the parts) was brilliant! I loved who they picked for mel/wanda, ian, jared, and jeb! I think that they all played their parts perfectly!

    2. I loved how they added that scene with jamie, with the glowworms, I think it really kind of gave the story some depth.

    3. When Mel was gone and wanda was trying to find her by kissing ian and then jared, I was laughing so hard, especially when ians like “kiss her” and walks away!

    4. The ending was so sweet, when she was saying goodbye to Melanie, I was crying at that part!

    5. I really liked the whole first date thing with Ian, I think that it was really sweet and romantic, and although it was not properly explained as to why they went up there, I loved that part so much.

    6. The music was so perfect for this movie! Honestly, that is an amazing soundtrack! I am definately going to purchase it from the itunes store!

    7. When Ian said goodbye to her, although the scene had its difficulties, I think that the overall impact was super sweet, and I was in tears the whole time!

    Dont get me wrong, even though my list of likes was smaller than my list of dont likes, I love love loved this movie! I will definately be going to see this as many times as I can while its still in theaters! But I still love the book even more, and I cant WAIT until the seeker comes out!

  • Diane

    This movie was very enjoyable for me. Stephanie Meyers has written a wonderful book “The Host” and books are always so much more complete than movies. While that is true in this case, this movie was very well acted. It made me want to read the book again, as of course the material had to be cut way down to fit in a 2 hour time slot and I find myself wanting to read the complete story again:). I just hope all the negative reviews do not weigh on Mrs. Meyer’s mind too heavily and thus make it hard for her to finish the next Host book. This movie has been slammed far too harshly by critics and movie goers. I am 55 years old and have seen many many movies over the years.

  • What was Niccol thinking doing this movie? I tried to read the book, but it quickly became apparent that it was garbage fiction disguised as “science fiction” and I quickly handed it back to my wife. But she wanted to see the movie, so I indulged her.

    This is possible the worst movie I’ve seen in quite some time, and I adore Gattaca.

    It should be noted that Tyler Perry’s new movie made double what The Host made, and it opened in 1200 theaters less than The Host. Wow. You know you’ve hit rock bottom when a Tyler Perry movie makes 100% more in 33% fewer theaters.

  • I just typed a long review and accidentally deleted it 🙁

    I saw The Host twice this weekend and I enjoyed it much more the second time. I’ve enjoyed reading thoughts in the reviews posted here-and here are some of my own.

    I thought that scenes in the book were more severe than the coordinating scenes in the movie. I think the movie could have been much more affecting and thought provoking if certain scenes were more severe. For example, in the book when Wanda/Melanie is brought to the cave, she is treated terribly. She is put in a small space that she could barely stretch out in, and is in there for quite a while. She was treated like an animal. In the movie, the space was large and she was not treated as cruelly. The experience she had in the small hole she was kept in in the book really moved me to consider questions I feel the story asks-are the souls justified in saving our planet and species from human brutality and carelessness? Also, I feel that scene reminded me and introduced Wanda to the empathy compassion humans are capable of-as Uncle Jeb allows Wanda to stretch out on his watch and speaks to her kindly. I don’t think making that scene more severe in the movie would have slowed the pace. I know Ronan would be capable of depicting Wanda’s physical pain and struggle with insanity as she was confined in such a small space.

    In the book we find out that an alien couple is raising a human child. That concept was interesting to me because it led me to think perhaps the souls think they are giving the human species a fresh start and intend to guide them with their morals-or that in future generations humans and souls would coexist. I was disappointed viewers of the movie were not introduced to the couple and the resulting possibilities and questions.

    I knew that Walter would not be in the movie but I missed the relationship. I felt like Doc/Ian’s observations (and mine as the reader) of Wanda’s relationship with Walter spoke highly of Wanda’s character. In Walter’s absence (I realize he was probably left out because of time), I wish there was perhaps a montage of Ian observing Wanda-maybe how hard she was working in the cave when Uncle Jeb assigns her chores. I think cutting a couple of the seeker scenes and conveying more time passing both in the confines of the small space and of Ian’s observation of Wanda would have weighed on viewers minds as they developed an understanding of Wanda’s character. Also it would have made the Ian/Wanda relationship more believable. I liked Ian’s character in the book because he led me to think interspecies relationships and coexistence might be possible in future generations. I understand that a movie needs conflict/suspense and the seeker scenes were effective for that, but I feel there was plenty of conflict and suspense in the cave in the book-through Wanda’s life being constantly in danger and her physical struggles and poor treatment. I am glad they used Jared’s initial physical reaction to Wanda in the movie-that felt just as shocking as it did in the book. I think shocking moments are what makes a movie effect a viewer and there were plenty in the book. The suicide that was used in the movie was also shocking-watching the truck crash into the cement knowing no one would survive. The music in that scene was moving.

    All that being said I was impressed by the acting in the movie. I think the actors had great chemistry within their relationships. I enjoyed scenes between Uncle Jeb (Hurt) and Wanda (Ronan), and Wanda/Melanie with Jamie (Canterbury). The chemistry in the romantic relationships was there and believable to me. The movie was visually stunning. I think the use of the creepy contacts/white clothing were effective in displaying the contrast of the serene nature yet alien appearance of the souls. I loved the flashback scenes. The blurry bits within the shots really made them feel like memories. The music was beautiful.

    The people who went with me to see the movie who hadn’t read the book enjoyed the film. The second time I saw it, I was moved to tears in a couple scenes-Ian/Wanda’s goodbye, Melanie/Wanda’s goodbye and a scene with Jamie.

    I appreciate the opportunity to post a review and read others here 🙂

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  • I wrote a review, but I also want to recommend seeing the film a second time if you were disappointed with the pace. The first time I felt the story moved so quickly that it was not believable. The voice over felt awkward. However the second time it felt much more gradual to me and the voice over less awkward. Still too fast-but it is a huge book to fit into a 2 hour movie. While I was still left with questions as to why Ian and Wanda would fall for each other in such a short time, I appreciated the actor’s (Abel) performance. His performance effectively displayed that he was developing compassion and romantic feelings for Wanda. The small montage of his observations of Wanda was more effective to me the second time. This was the case for other relationships as well. It is a unique film (with unique source material of course!) and I appreciated that more the second time. I can’t recall anything recently that tells a story from such a foreign perspective (aside from Warm Bodies-a dark comedy from the perspective of a zombie-fun book and film adaptation). After seeing the movie a second time I was left thinking I may see it a third, and will certainly buy it when it is released on dvd. A second viewing left me more satisfied in seeing one of my favorite books translated to screen-if you were disappointed maybe a second viewing will help you too.

  • SagaLover

    I saw The Host yesterday, and I wasn’t going to comment on here. As there are so many negative comments about a lot of it, I thought I should say that as a lover of the book and somebody who tends to not forgot little details, I was expecting to be disappointed.

    I thought the score/music was brilliant and absolutely stunning. This was the thing that made me emotional on the few sad bits and made me love the film.

    The role of Jamie was played so well, and I think he had a very vital part in the story of the film, as he did in the book. I loved the extra scene they added with the stars at night, and I think it was so stunning to watch.

    Another part that stuck out for me was how they portrayed the souls. I think they made it beautiful and it was so mesmerizing to see them place Wanda in Mel’s body at the beginning.

    It was slightly rushed, but that’s to be expected, and I do wish they had focused more on the internal and cave conflicts rather than the seekers. Those things were probably not possible for the film though. I did not really like Emily Browning as Wanda, but I suppose that’s just my opinion.

    I think it was the BEST they could have done, and I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the world they had created. Max Irons was gorgeous, Jake was adorable and Saiorse was very believable with both characters.

    I would watch it again and again (especially to see the alien scene at the beginning and the bit before she thinks she’s going to die at the end).

  • linda

    I did not like it at all. In fact i laughed at some parts because i thought it was so lame. That was really sad to me because i reallt really loved the book and really looked forward for this movie. I loved the actors they picked exept the character of Pet. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? I expected a cute petite blonde, and wtf was that. Not at all good for the part, i dont want to see her in the other movies… I also think they shortened everything very much, especially the Ian Wanda love story, i missed when he said that ” its not the face but the expressions on it” quote. I MISSED THE ENTIRE BOOK. NOT. HAPPY.

  • I just saw the movie for the third time. The first time I was disappointed because I felt it moved too fast to be believable, left out some of my favorite parts of the book (it’s one of my favorite books!), and the voice over felt awkward. The second time I enjoyed it more-the voice over was less awkward and the pace felt more gradual. By the third time I think I was able to separate it from the book and just enjoy a movie version of the story I love so much. I recommend giving it a second try if you are a fan of the story and were disappointed. Maybe you will still not be satisfied, or maybe it will be worth it for you like it was for me 🙂

  • Finally finished my review! (http://ibmiller.livejournal.com/67746.html ) I saw the film again, and liked it the second time as well! I think the movie is actually pretty well paced, and found myself really invested in all the relationships (not completely sure if that’s because I had their backstories in my head from the book, or because the actors were so good – probably both!). Additionally, I love that the film captures all the main scenes to highlight more than just romantic love – the message I took away from it was that it takes all kinds of loves – friendship, family, romantic – to make a formerly hostile place your home.

  • Lorraine Stewart

    Oh my god I am so disappointed. They took every bit of fun, thrill and emotion out of that film. Parts of the story were the same, but so rushed that they lacked any emotion, whether the danger or the romance. I was so looking forward to the Ian/ Wanda scenes and they were just nothing. No passion, nothing. They took Sonny out of the story which made the way Ian found out about Wanda leaving totally different and in the end anti- climatic. He just let her go. He stood and watched her walk away where in the book he carried her away and totally broke down, saying he would never let her go, meaing she had to sneak away. In the end it looked like he really wasn’t that bothered and like I said made the whole scene totally anti- climatic.
    You also didn’t get to know the characters and so felt absolutely no concern about them. They could have totally added a few extra scenes just to lift the film and add a bit of life into it, like the football game and they really should have explored Ian and Wanda more and allowed the audience to root for them. Even the way they did the Melanie in Wanda’s head was annoying. I just wanted her to shut up most of the time. I’m not sure how they could have overcome this but it was just silly. It’s pretty hard to enjoy the sweet moments in the film like Ian and Wanda’s first kiss when someone is screaming stop over the top of it.
    I can’t believe that I didn’t enjoy this film. I have been looking forward to it for the longest time and looked at the pictures and trailers and it all looked good, but in all honesty the trailers were the best bits. I think with a bit more thought for the audience instead of shortening the story they could have made a much better film.The only thing that was good was the casting. Loved Jake Abel as Ian, I just wish he had more to do and Jamie was excellent as well. Emily Browning would have been perfect but I don’t understand the difficulty in just making her blonde. It was pretty clear in the story that she should be blonde.

    I am so gutted that I didn’t enjoy this film and I had such high hopes, but I found myself losing interest so many times.

  • anon

    Don’t go in expecting too much and it won’t give you too little.

    We have a beautiful soundtrack, a super-talented cast, an interesting, innovative storyline, an acclaimed director and a wonderful backdrop (a mexican desert?!) I pondered these components and couldn’t figure out what was leading this movie astray, why was it only 11% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.9 on IMDb. I came to the conclusion that a) those who had fallen for the book were expecting it to be equivalent and it was not. b) critics saw that Stephenie Meyer was involved and ran for the hills before even considering the Host as a separate piece. I could give you numerous cliches about “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” etc. but who ever listens to that nonsense anyway?!

    The key to enjoying this great movie is to 1. ignore Stephenie Meyer and the meteorite that has followed her previous work. (I did not enjoy her Twilight extravaganza), take this film as it is, a science fiction/ROMANCE it is in the genre title so don’t pretend to be surprised that there is some kissing 😉 and 2. Think about how long it took you to read the book and how long it would take for someone to act it out and film it-successfully! They have a budget on time and costs, bear it in mind that nobody can read your mind, the film will not be an exact replica of how you imagined the book to be. Art is all about interpretation and this film is one group of people’s version of events. So they cut out a few bits and “didn’t choose the right people to play certain key characters,” If you think you could do a better job I look forward to seeing yours on youtube 🙂 (because that is as far as the narrow-minded, amateur critics will get without a little forgiveness and reasonning!)

    It is a beautiful film with some great cinemographic moments, it is a mesmerising storyline and perfectly adequate novel. I enjoyed the film, I really enjoyed the book but they are SEPARATE WORKS and people should be prepared for this.

    Best advice I could give: go and see it and read the book, in no particular order, and make up your own mind. Each opinion to their own.

  • I have seen the movie twice now. I’ve read the book at least six times. I was disappointed in how much was left out of the movie, and some of the changes seemed silly — like Melanie and Jamie’s father, the Seeker being tall and blond, the car accident scene, the seekers holding her hostage — all felt wrong in the context of the story. I can see why they couldn’t include Walter’s illness, but he still could have been in the story. Killing the two young men in a car crash after we watched them resurrect Melanie? The cyanide pills would have been better. I felt a huge opportunity was lost to make the movie much more fascinating when they chose not to include Wanda’s stories about the other planets — can you imagine the awesome special effects portraying those different worlds and creatures? I went to see it a second time, hoping I would feel better about a story I absolutely love, but again, it left me ‘wanting’ more. How sad, because this is a fantastic story when you read the book, and so much more than just a ‘romance.’

    • The other planets were left out of the film due to the budget. Would you have wanted to sacrifice something else just to have that? Special effects cost a lot of money and this was not a big budget, studio film.

  • Michelle said “Lastly, in no regards to the movie, did anyone else’s movie show the trailer for “The Conjuring?” FREAKED ME OUT! I did not sign up to be terrified of a trailer before my movie!! Haha.”

    Our theater too, Michelle, and I HATED IT! Freaked my thirteen-year-old daughter out completely, and yes, me too. Awful trailer and if I go to see The Host again and it plays, I will walk out of the theater until it’s over. UGH!!!! After it finished, the young man in front of us turned to his friend and clapped twice! Nearly jumped out of my seat!

  • Luna

    So I saw this film earlier tonight and I have to agree with those of you that left the movie theatre disappointed… It’s not that I didn’t like it, because I did, I just felt that it lacked so much of the feeling in the book. I actually found myself wishing they had changed more of the story to make it work as a movie. I know mang of you will disagree with me, but here are some of the changes I would have made:

    First (and propably the most radical change), I would start the film with Melanie and Jared meeting and falling in love. I know that’s nothing like the book, but I think that in the movie it would have worked better (and it wouldn’t be that much longer, because we wouldn’t need all the flashbacks in Wanda’s head). Also, it would be easier to learn about this new, futuristic world that way.

    Second, Ian shouldn’t have been the one who tried to strangle Wanda. If he had started out more positive to Wanda the journey to falling in love with her wouldn’t have seemed so rushed.

    Third, I’d liked to see less of the Seekers. It was interesting, but it took too much away from the caves.

    Fourth, the ending! What I loved (the most) in the book were Ian’s speech When he wouldn’t let Wanda go, and the conversation between Jared and Wanda before she went to Doc. They should have kept that!

    • Luna

      Fifth, the blackout when Wanda was taken out of Melanie’s Body shouldn’t have been there. I wanted to see Mel and Jared reunited.

      But with that said, there were things I liked about the film, like Lacey waking up, the suicide in the truck (I was close to tears) and Ronan’s performance. And Ian! I liked him a lot more than I thought I would over that short period of time.

      Anyway, agree or disagree? Comment back!

  • Jeppc

    I finally watched the host. I know I’m bad but I have two little ones and my husband’s work schedule has been crazy and he wanted to watch it on a date night with me 🙂 but it was worth the wait. I was worried with the bad box office numbers and critics reviews but I was not disappointed. I loved it. Of course there is stuff i missed, the book is enormous. But it still had the heart of it and made me just as excited as the first time I read it. And my husband actually was really getting into it to. He was trying to get me to spoil everything to him but I wouldn’t lol. There were some things I would have personally changed but they didn’t bother me enough to not enjoy the movie and I can’t wait to buy the DVD 🙂

  • Peter Benson

    Here in England, ‘The Host’ opened without having being shown to any film critics, so there were no reviews in newspapers. The film’s distributors had obviously decided that the critics wouldn’t like it. So the fact that it did moderately well at the box office must be due to all the Stephenie Meyer fans turning out. I am surprised that so many people, even on this website, seem not to like it. Compared to the average sci-fi/adventure film it is extremely distinctive, with its generally slow pace (I consider this a good thing) and quiet conversations. Saoirse Ronan’s soft voice conveys very well the character of Wanderer. Melanie, in the voice-overs, is less clearly characterized. This was always going to be the problem in adapting the novel – the internal dialogue between the two characters. I thought the visualization of the souls was very effective, even though they differ from the description in the book. The moment when Wanderer sees the dead souls on the cave floor is a real visceral shock, even for me who knew what was coming. William Hurt was perfect as Jed, capturing the compassion beneath the gruff exterior. And the excellent music helped to create a haunting atmosphere that stayed with me long after the film was over. I tend to like films that differ from the Hollywood norm, as this does. So do the ‘Twilight’ films, which follow, at least to some extent, the slow and immersing narrative style of Meyer’s wonderful books.

  • Julia Stryder

    Saw it the day it came out, it was absolutely AMAZING! I saw it 3 times, and have read the book now twice, im obsessed a little, but the movie was really good. of course the book was alot more detailed, but the movie was done so perfectly well! I cried so many times and had a smile on my face the whole time through it!! As I also did a million times also with the book! ‘The Host’ is amazing and I am officially obsessed for life, also with Ian and Wanda aflaksasklfga <3

  • Julia Stryder

    I saw The HOst before I read the book, as most people say, you enjoy it alot more that way, as I did, i have now read the book as well, and love them both the same <3 the movie was done so well, and the book is so good <3 HAters should stop, if you think it wasnt done good enoguh, go ahead, give movie making a go for yourself, its a very long book, it had to be condensed <3 I loved it <3

  • kimberly

    i freaking loved it!!!!!!