3/12/2013

The Host Movie Review and Giveaway

I was super excited to be able to attend a screening of The Host earlier this week with my mom and fellow TwlightMOM Heather (pictured with me).  The movie was amazing, review below, and I can't wait to talk about it with you all! We were treated to a Q&A with Stephenie Meyer, Jake Abel (Ian) & Max Irons (Jared) after the movie.

Check out the video of the full Q&A now (sorry it's not perfect, it was taken with my cell phone and the theater was still kind of dark and I got to ask the last Q):


Movie Review:

I got to attend an advance screen of The Host in Chicago, IL on March 9th. The crowd had a lot of Stephenie Meyer fans, but also a lot of people who I don't think had read The Host. They were shocked at a lot of the moments that were direct book to movie, it was kind of entertaining to have people laugh and other wise react to things I was anticipating or understood/expected as a reader of the book.

The Host movie really brings the book to life. Like any adaptation, there's a few changes and things left out, but Andrew Niccol has done a great job at capturing what's important and bringing our beloved characters to the big screen.

The movie is filmed amazingly well, it's just a beautiful movie and I can't wait to see it again and catch all the details in the landscape that I missed the first time around. Saoirse Ronan does an amazing job at playing both Wanda and Melanie and her "goodbye" scene is just heart breakingly beautiful. The rest of the cast, including Jake Abel (Ian) and Max Irons (Jared), brought the world and characters to life. I admit it's been a while since I've read the book, so I can't nitpick over all of the physical features of each character that doesn't quite match up, but I'm kind of glad for this. I was able to just sit back and enjoy the movie and watch the actors fill the essence of the scenes and characters I was excited to see on the big screen.

I hope that you all can just sit back and enjoy the movie as much as I did, you will not regret taking a more relaxed approach to this adaption. And if the man in your life is worried about you dragging him to another Stephenie Meyer movie, they wont be disappointed this time around, this movie has something for everyone! It's full of action, just the right amount of romance and a great story!

Stephenie, Jake and Max then did a signing at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville on Monday, March 11th.    I was able to attend this as well.  And be sure to check out Nightline on Monday, March 25th.  They were at the signing in Naperville and will be doing their feature on Stephenie/The Host on the 25th!

Here are a couple pics from the event:


Jake Abel and Max Irons (and Heather's hair)
from Anderson's Bookshop's Instagram/Facebook Feed


Click HERE to see more pics from the signing and check out more pics from The Host Q&A HERE.

And we didn't forget about our amazing followers, we have something special for you too!

GIVEAWAY TIME!
We have 3 prize packs that we are giving away along with TwilightMOMS.com.  

Prize pack 1: A signed paperback movie cover of The Host signed by Stephenie Meyer, Jake Abel and Max Irons (pictured right)

Prize pack 2: A mass market paperpack movie cover of The Host by Stephenie Meyer and a signed The Host movie poster signed by Jake Abel and Max Irons (picture left)

Prize pack 3: A signed The Host movie poster signed by Jake Abel and Max Irons (picture left)

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37 comments:

  1. I am MOST excited to see the scene where she discovers the hideout and sees Jarod again for the first time since Wanda became a part of her. But, really, I'm so looking forward to the entire movie :) Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the giveaway!!! -xoxo

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  2. Well, the part I am most excited to see again is "goodbye" its was so beautiful.

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  3. I have not read the book yet, but am a huge Twilight fan. The movie trailer looks amazing and now I am dying to read it too!

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  4. I want to see Wanda's flashbacks to when she was other creatures.

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  5. :( the boys were able to sign books. I knew I should have sent mine just in case. Thanks for my poster though

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    1. I was not expecting that, it totally threw me! this is why i didnt get any of my own pictures of the guys at the signing lol

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  6. I want to see how the movie handles the four-way romance. I loved the book so much and I'm such a movie girl, I can't wait! Thanks for the giveaway. Wow!

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  7. OMGoodness, SO CUTE. Stephenie, the boys, Stacey!!! Adorable pics!

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  8. I'm looking forward to watching Wanda communicate with Melissa's memories.

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  9. I’m looking forward to seeing the whole thing, not just one specific scene. :)

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  10. The Soul removal at the end!

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  11. I just want to see how they adapt the book as a movie. Nothing specific really.

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  12. So jealous! Looks like so much fun.

    As for the movie, I'm just really excited to see everyone's portrayal of the characters - esp the boys! :)

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  13. I have loved The Host since the first time I read it .. it's one of my faves. I am really looking forward to seeing so many different aspects of the storyline come to life -- I can't even choose one scene!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I wish SM & the cast had come closer to New England, but I'm glad you all got to meet them.

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  14. I cannot wait for this movie! I am glad you said it was beautiful. The desert is SOOO beautiful! I am so glad you liked it and that you got this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for sharing it with us. =)

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  15. When Ian steps in to save her. There is going to be a lot of emotion in the scene. Thank you.

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  16. The four way "love triangle". Loved the whole book!

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  17. Im only halfway through the book, so Im not yet sure which scene Im looking forward to the most. The movie looks beautiful, though! Thanks, Jessica Deegan

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  18. I'm really excited to see the scene where Wanda saves Kyle!

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  19. I'm really excited about the entire thing, but I think I'm most excited about Ian and Wanda's first scene :)

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  20. I really hope to see the end, when Wanda is removed from Melanie and inserted into the girl (It has been a while since I read the book so I am a little blurry on details.) Also can't wait for Jeb to show Wanderer/Wanda around the cave.

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  21. I hope we get to see Wanda with Walter when he is dying. I think it is one of the most touching scenes in the book.

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  22. I haven't read the book, so I guess I'm excited to see everything.

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  23. Just bought my tickets today! Can't wait :)

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  24. I'm counting the days, I. Really. Can't. Wait. Any. Longer.!
    I'm really curious to see how Melanie and Wanderer are communicating,how they've brought it to the screen. And the part where Walter is dying and Wanda's holding his hand.. I cried while reading it, and there's no doubt I'll be crying again during the movie! :)

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  25. Looking forward to it all! Especially looking forward to the love triangle.

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  26. I am most excited about the scene when they find Wanda in the desert, and when Ian realizes he loves her!

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  27. I didn't read the book, but I've seen the previews for the movie and it looks like they did a great job translating the book to the screen!

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  28. I can't wait to see Wanda's struggle with Melanie memories and her emotions to protect the humans

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  29. How the actors portray the characters

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  30. I haven't read the book yet, but the previews look good. Can't wait to see it!

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  31. The romantic in me is most excited to see the part where Jared asks Wanda: "I gotta know, is Melanie in there?" That part in the book killed me!

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  32. I'm most excited to see the Melanie/Jared flashbacks. I was always a sucker for their relationship :)

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  33. I am most excited to see how they portray their life in the caves with the sun/garden room, the dark room they play soccer in....

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  34. Thanks for the give away! I really wished Stephenie and crew came through Toronto but they didn't. Really excited to see The Host! Thanks again!!

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  35. I'm excited to see Saoirse portrays Melanie and Wanda on the big screen. I just want to see how they handle the two characters' communications and internal/external struggles :D
    (This is Darith L.)

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