Title: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
Director: Mark Waters
Written By: Daniel Waters
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Daniil Kozlovskiy, Sarah Hyland
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.
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.)
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!
Have you seen Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters? Let me know what you thought of it! And if you haven’t, will you be?