| 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

bridget-joness-baby

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 !

| ON SCREEN | SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

SILVER LINING PLAYBOOKSilver Linings Playbook (Happiness Therapy)
Directed by David O. Russel
Released November 16th, 2012 (US), January 30th, 2013 (FR)

This is the movie adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

Let’s start with : I haven’t read the book. Yeah, I know ! I usually read the book BEFORE watching the movie.

Anyway, the story is about Pat who is coming back at his parents’ when the psychiatric hospital releases him. He is determined to win his ex wife back. He befriends Tiffany who will help him if he accepts to enter a dance competition with her.

I don’t know how faithful the movie is the the book. I’ve just read the book’s synopsis and I already noticed some differences.

This movie deals with mental illnesses. First Pat (Bradley Cooper), is suffering from a bipolar disorder. He snapped when he found his wife cheating with a work colleague, in his bath tub.
Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), on her side, is dealing with a severe depression since she has lost her husband in a car accident.

Together they are healing, way better than in an hospital or shoot by meds.  That’s their way of coping, of saying farewell to their old relationships. I found that movie particularly poetic, in a way. It’s a beautiful story of two devastated souls. It’s the story of their journey to recovery !

And they aren’t the only ones suffering from mental illnesses : Pat’s father is addicted to bookmaking. He bets on football matches and has his little “habits” or what I would call OCD.

It was really interesting to see how these people were dealing with their diseases. It’s not a light topic but it was told in a lighter tone ! Plus there was dancing involved, which is always a bonus !

So yeah I really liked this movie !

| ON SCREEN | SAPPHIRE BLUE

Sapphire blue movieSapphire Blue (Saphirblau)
Directed by Felix Fuchssteiner and Katharina Schöde
Released in August 2014

This is the movie adaptation of Kerstin Gier’s Sapphire Blue, second book in the Precious Stones trilogy.

I watched the first movie last year, you can read my review here . I read the books years ago so I don’t remember all the little details or in which book it happened. But that’s okay !

 

I really enjoyed this movie. Let’s be honest, it’s far from being the movie of the year. But it doesn’t have the pretentiousness to be. It’s a rather great adaptation of a nice book !

In this sequel, Gwen (Maria Ehrich) is trying to find her role in all this time travel madness. She is desperately falling for her time travel partner, Gideon (Jannis Niewöhner). She also wants to trust Paul and Lucy, time travelers who eloped many years ago.

It seems a very faithful screen adaptation, for what I recall of the book. I believe there were some events that are in the third book but it was very coherent so it’s not an issue, in my opinion.
I was a little disappointed with Xemerius’ look but I’m sure they did the best they could. It’s not a blockbuster so the CGI budget mustn’t be that big haha !
I noticed one thing that has been changed : the song Gwen sang ! I was so happy when she started singing The Time Warp from A Rocky Horror Picture Show !
I loved the outfits they had to wear for their travels in the pasts. Gwen’s dress with the ribbons was magnificent !

Its ends on a cliffhanger somehow. I’m glad I’ve read the books so I know what happens next (at least for the biggest things haha).
If what I’ve found on the internet is true then Emerald Green, the third and final movie is set to be released in June. In German. So maybe it will be available for the end of the year in French !

polka dots bar small

What about you ? Have you seen it ? Did you like it ?