Movie Review: Vampire Academy — The Movie That Was so Bad, It Was Almost Good

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Title: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Director: Mark Waters

Written By: Daniel Waters

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Daniil Kozlovskiy, Sarah Hyland

Genres: Paranormal/Vampires

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Book Adaptation: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Description: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.


 

2/5 stars —

★★☆☆☆

I loved Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead . . . but the movie? Not so much.

The title of this movie review pretty much sums up everything I thought about this movie, and I hate to admit it . . . but I almost enjoyed it. It was light, and fun, with some occasionally tolerable acting, but not exactly what I would call a “faithful” adaptation. But then again it’s been awhile since I’ve read these books, and maybe if I had read them closer to when I’d watched the movie I’d have liked this even less.

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Me? I love book adaptations; there is something pretty dang awesome about a story literally coming to life in front of you, but as a reader as well I know there are many people out there who don’t share the same idea. Let’s face it: When a reader watches an adaptation of a book they’ve enjoyed, it falls to pieces underneath their critical eye as they nitpick every small thing that’s changed from the book to the movie. This was not what I would call a “good” movie. It had a plethora of flaws I could spend the next few hours writing about. The acting was sub-par at best, some of the dialogue awfully cheesy. The book was turned into more of a “teen drama” than a paranormal/fantasy story, with a heavy emphasis on pitiful teenage problems, rather than the larger issue at hand. (Though the book might have been like this too, I don’t really remember it all that well.)

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Yet if you put aside the flaws, there is an entertaining story beneath with wit and humour, with enough action to keep you interested. Granted, I thought that the pacing was odd in some places. It flew by more often than not, and if I hadn’t read the book I reckon I’d have been awfully confused with the storyline and characters. One good point I feel the need to point out though was the actress who played Rose — Zoey Deutch — was actually pretty good.

If you’re looking for an adaptation which will knock your socks off, this is not it.

But if you’re looking for something mildly entertaining . . . with vampires, you might like this.

At the same time, though, I’m not surprised — or disappointed — that there isn’t going to be a sequel. I would have hated it if they screwed up with Adrian Ivashkov!

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Have you seen Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters? Let me know what you thought of it! And if you haven’t, will you be?

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9 thoughts on “Movie Review: Vampire Academy — The Movie That Was so Bad, It Was Almost Good

  1. Ha ha! I couldn’t care less about how true to the book it was. I laughed. Laughing for me is everything so I liked it, you know? Plus Zoey Deutch is like my girl crush so :D Happy me! LOL (I’m sorry I comment at like late hours of the night and I don’t sound too sane hahahaha)

  2. This is exactly what I thought of this book to movie adaptation: It was so bad, that it was good. I loved the movie. I loved some of the actors (read: Zoey Deutch). I hated everything else.
    I get it. Rose was funny. Sometimes. But to me all of what made Rose out in the book was lost in the movie. Lissa on screen was even more annoying that Lissa on paper. And Dimitri? Whilst the actor looks good in the shows he plays in Russian TV, here? He was so unattractive, I couldn’t even look at times. He looked 35 not 24. It was a real bummer.
    It bothered me a lot that they tried to make it into a satire. The book wasn’t supposed to be a satire. Neither should the movie be. It lost a lot of its appeal right there. The script was awful and there were scenes in the movie where I couldn’t but scream OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD COME ON.
    Nonetheless, I enjoyed it – despite it sucking so bad. Which only goes to say, this movie truly is SO BAD that it’s good.

  3. I agree, compared to the book the movie was terrible, but it was still entertaining enough. I think it was done by the same people who did Mean Girls and you can tell when you watch it. I’m disappointed that they didn’t do a better job since I loved this series, but oh well…

  4. I thought pretty much the same thing.
    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book in the first place, to be honest, so I wasn’t surprised when I wasn’t over the moon about the movie.
    Though I probably rolled my eyes about a thousand times, it did succeed in being entertaining. And occasionally funny, so it wasn’t a complete failure.

  5. I haven’t seen it. Once I saw the trailer I didn’t want to see it. No one I know who saw it thought it was any good. I might watch it when it comes to foxtel but I wasn’t going to waste my money at the movies.

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