| ON SCREEN | THE MAZE RUNNER

The Maze Runner movieThe Maze Runner
Directed by Wes Ball
Released in September 2014

It’s the second time I watched this movie. I first saw it in theatre when it was released, just a few weeks after reading the book.

For once, I think I preferred the movie to the book ! I had some issues with the book, the writing more specifically. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. That’s why I prefer the movie.

It’s very faithful to the book and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that’s very important to me !
The grievers were particularly scary ! It helped me not to scream to know when the frightening scene would happen hahaha !

The casting is amazing ! First, the main character Thomas is played by Dylan O’Brien that I adored in Teen Wolf ! I think he is one of the most promising actors from our generation ! Kaya Scodelario is playing Teresa and she plays her perfectly ! I am particularly fond of Newt, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee ! Chuck, the younger, is played by Blake Cooper.

Overall I really enjoyed this movie ! Have you seen it ?

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| ON SCREEN | LOVE, ROSIE

lOVE, ROSIE MOVIELove, Rosie
Directed by Christian Ditter
Released in October 2014

I am so happy I finally watched this movie. I read the book a few years ago, you can read my review here. Since I read it a long time ago, the story kind of blurred in my mind. And I think it’s for the best because the movie is slightly different than the book. The story stays the same, but with minor changes. For a start, the circumstances for Alex’s departure for the US aren’t the same. To be honest, it didn’t bother me at all ! I really loved this movie. The only “negative” thing I have to say is that we kind of lost their written relationship. Now, I understand that it’s almost impossible to put it into a movie and they still managed it for the key moments, though. But I kind of missed it nonetheless.

I have nothing negative to say about the cast, they were all great ! Rosie is played by Lily Collins that is an actress that I admire. She gives life perfectly to a confused Rosie, because life has been harsh on her.
Alex is played by the marvelous Sam Claflin. I really love that actor. Unforgettable Will Traynor in the fabulous Me Before You, I totally forgot Will and just saw Alex ! The rest of the cast was great too !
Katie is played by Lily laight and she is sooo adorable !

Overall I really enjoyed this movie !

 

| ON SCREEN | DIVERGENT

Divergent movieDivergent
Directed by Neil Burger
Released on March 21, 2014 (US)

I’ve already seen this movie when it was released but decided to watch it once again to write a review.

I’ve read the book written by Veronica Roth years ago and really liked it. So I was really eager to see the movie adaptation.

The movie is really faithful to the book, it’s great to see ! I really appreciated it. Of course it means that I didn’t get surprised while watching it but that’s okay ! Because it also means that every important scene was there.

Now let’s talk about the casting. I found the actors well chosen. Tris is played by Shailene Woodley. It’s a great actress. Theo James plays the badass Four. Aaah. Four. Perfect choice, really ! The chemistry between the two of them is real ! Caleb is played by Ansel Elgort. Jeannine is played by Kate Winslet and she was the perfect evil woman, manipulative, cold. I’ve always enjoyed Kate Winslet’s work and she didn’t disappoint at all in this movie !
The casting is really amazing. They all made a great job !

I really enjoyed watching this movie ! It’s action packed, the story is well explained and that’s all I was asking for !

Have you seen it ? Did you enjoy it ?

| ON SCREEN | THE HOST

the-host-movieThe Host
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Released on March 29, 2013 (US)

Okay, I know it’s bad but I watched this movie before reading the book… Bad bad Flo !

The movie was… okay. I really enjoyed the story but there are things that bothered me.

The synopsis is really original and it made me want to buy the book. Somehow it made me think of the Animorphs series.
It was different from the usual YA book-to-movie adaptations  ! I wished it lasted a little longer, so I could learn more about this white and sterile version of earth.

I also enjoyed the characters and how they weren’t all black or all white ! It was great to see these characters changing their minds, thinking and well… being humans. The relationships were very interesting ! I’m not gonna say much more but I’ve never seen such a love triangle !

The cast was great ! They did such a great job giving life to these complicated characters !

But there were things that bothered me as I said earlier ; even though the story was really great I found the movie a little… flat.
I also had some issues with some parts of the story. But I can’t talk about it because well… spoilers !

Overall I quite enjoyed this movie !

 

| ON SCREEN | ME BEFORE YOU

me-before-you-movieMe Before You
Directed by Thea Sharrock
Released on June 3rd 2016 (US),
June 22nd 2016 (FR)

This is the movie adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ book also named Me Before You.

I have been meaning to watch this movie in a theater BUT it was really hard to find a French cinema broadcasting it.

Anyway. Me Before You was one of my favorite reads last year so of course I had to watch this movie !

The cast is amazing ! Emilia Clarke is playing Lou, this colorful and joyful young woman. She just lost her job and desperately needs a new one. She ends up hired as a caregiver for the grumpy Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin.
Her fiancé is played by Matthew Lewis (you all remember Neville Longbottom, right ?! Well he changed. A LOT.) while her sister is played by Jenna Coleman.
I have to admit, I was afraid I wouldn’t like the movie because of the cast. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great actors, but I was afraid I would see Danaerys Targeryen taking care of Finnick Odair, while her dear boyfriend, Neville Longbottom was too busy training to notice her. And let’s not forget her sister, the Doctor’s companion ! You get the picture, right ?
Well, I was wrong ! from the first minutes I totally forgot about the actors and only saw Lou, Will and all the other characters.

I was glad to see they were faithful the book. The most important scenes were there but they had to cut some scenes that I thought important too. Particularly one, about Lou’s past. It would have explained a part of her personality. But in the end, they didn’t change crucial  things and I’m really thankful for that. And I know a whole book cannot fit into a movie.

The soundtrack was perfectly chosen in my opinion. It enhanced the whole story and made me cry more ugly tears haha !

I really enjoyed this movie ! It was funny and quirky an heart wrenching. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every minute of it. I totally recommend this movie (and the book!) !!

 

| ON SCREEN | BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

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Bridget Jones’s Baby
Directed by Sharon Maguire
Released September 16th 2016 (US/UK), October 5th (France).

I have to confess, I haven’t read the book before watching this movie. I wanted to, though. Last week end I went to the New Romance Festival hosted by Hugo Romance, in Bandol. They gave us the opportunity to attend the premiere in a lovely movie theater.

This movie is based on the third Bridget Jones’s book, written by Helen Fielding. It follows Bridget, single once again who has sex with Darcy and Jack on the same week. Of course, she gets pregnant. Of course, she doesn’t who the father is !

I have read the two previous books and adored them. They are so witty, funny and also managed to make me cry ugly tears, too. The previous movies were also great ones.
So I wasn’t really afraid for that one. I was pretty sure I would end loving it too ! And I was right, this movie was, in my opinion, the funniest ! Bridget always finds herself into so unbelievable situations that me burst out laughing ! And I wasn’t the only one, far from it ! The whole room was laughing so much !

This third movie introduces us to Jack, another suitor for our dear Bridget. Jack is Mark Darcy’s exact opposite and it was so funny to see them compete for the “best future dad” trophy !

I really enjoyed this movie, I highly recommend it !

 

| ON SCREEN | RURÔNI KENSHIN

RUROUNI KENSHINRurouni Kenshin
Directed by Keishi Ōtomo
Released August 25th, 2012 in Japan

I wasn’t sure I would write this post. Rurôni (or Rurouni) Kenshin is one of my favorite animes. I have watched it many years ago and I still have to read the manga.
But since it’s a movie adaptation of a manga, I finallydecided to write about it !

So it’s the movie adaptation of a manga called Rurouni Kenshin written by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

This is the story of a samourai, leaving a battlefield after a victory. He decides to give up this life, to change his name, becoming Himura Kenshin. He still wears a sword, but it’s a reverse blade.

He crosses path with Kamiya Kaoru, a dojo’s leader. She mistakes him for another person. Meanwhile, a killer usurping Kenshin’s old identity is leaving a trail of corpses behind him.

I was gladly surprised to see how much the actors were looking alike the manga’s characters. It’s really astonishing !
The story is really faithful to the manga ! They made a really aesthetic movie, very beautiful.
The movie is fast paced and even if you haven’t read the manga or watched the anime, it’s easy to understand the background story.

So if you want to watch a gorgeous samouraï movie, it’s the perfect pick !