Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Expectations for The Host

Now that my posts have made a smooth transition from Charlotte Brontë to Stephenie Meyer, let's let that transition culminate in the newest venture, the movie version of The Host.

In case I haven't mentioned it enough, I adore the fact that The Host takes place in Arizona. Arizona's getting a bit of a cultural movement of its own lately, and The Host is one story that brings Arizona to a mainstream audience. I like that. So even though they filmed the movie in New Mexico (which is a fantastic place, yes, but a different one), I still want it to feel like Arizona. In this chance for visuals to be stunning, I want visuals to be stunning.

I've heard a little about how they decided to handle the distinction between Melanie and Wanderer. However their plans play out, there needs to be as much distinction between them as there is in the book: the questions it asks about identity are central and important. This may in fact be the biggest topic the story brings up. The movie has to get it right.

Along those lines, I also don't want to watch this movie and just feel like it's a love story. Yes, that's a large part of the story, but I don't think it's the biggest part. Probably there won't be any issue with this, though.

I also don't want forced effects, action, or visuals--things that scream out cool sci-fi, that is. This is a sci-fi story, but it also has a great deal of nature and human identity/relationships (I suppose, after all, most good sci-fi does have the latter). Again, I think everyone realizes that it would be a mistake to trample on everything the book offers, so I'm not expecting to be disappointed in this regard.

That's about it. I'm not making a big list of the scenes that I want to see in the movie or how the characters need to deliver their dialogue. I just want the important things to be there and to feel the same way watching the movie as reading the book. I don't want to be picky, but I also don't want the film to disappoint me.

Until Friday morning, then.

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