In all honesty, the movie was depressingly disappointing. I understand that it’s a long book so there’s just no way to put every little thing into the movie, which was still just over two hours long, but there were some little things missing that broke my heart to have absent. There’s also things that need to be changed from book to movie for the same purpose, but some of the changes completely altered the affect in the movie.
I will admit that I’m probably making too many comparisons to the book, but naturally it’s nearly impossible not to do so when I’m as passionate about the story as I am. In the book, the whole point is that Wanderer, the alien, chooses humanity. In the movie, Melanie, the human, tricks her into it sometimes even literally driving her to it by taking over her own body (which isn’t something that happens in the book except under VERY specific circumstances).
Then there are the issues I have that are completely unrelated to the fact that the movie is a poor representation of the book. If I had never read the book, I would still have a problem with the plot as portrayed in the movie. I felt like there were entire scenes missing that would help explain why certain people began acting differently and what prompted a particular conversation. The editing was bad enough that it was painfully obvious when scenes were shot back to back even though they appear days apart in the movie due to little things such as their costumes.
Overall, the changes and the editing (or directing) made this movie feel very awkward and empty and left me so let down I wish it’d never been made into a movie. It had so much potential and fell horribly short :-(.
To make myself feel a little better about it, I want to spread the love for the book (click here for my review of it over at GraveTells). I'm offering up a digital copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to one winner. Enter below if interested!
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
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