My apologies to everyone for yesterday’s review, especially to those who were happy to finally come across a favorable take on it, but I was, indeed, having a bit of April Fools’ Day fun.
I do NOT think the Host is a B+. It was slow, sappy, and not nearly as sharp as it needed to be in order to support its moral and ethical underpinnings.
As mentioned yesterday, “The Host” does tell the tale of Earth, after an invasion of parasitic organisms. A girl who tried to commit suicide in order to evade implantation and protect the location of an enclave of humans does get captured, implanted with a parasite, escapes, and reunites with the resistance camp. There, fights and debates break out as to how to deal with an inflicted human. A love triangle is thrown into the mix, and the escaped girl is hunted by the “Souls”, endangering the camp.
While this movie WAS better than any of the Twilight films, in my opinion, it still wasn’t a good movie. It’s very slow (I don’t think there are any “action scenes”), it suffers from tween scripting and teen acting, and best of all, it features a disembodied voice that represents the consciousness of the implanted girl, trapped within herself. So when she (controlled by the “Soul”) say… kisses a boy, you’ll hear “No! What are you doing!” without anyone speaking. It’s a laughable technique. I’m sure it works much better on the page than it did onscreen.
All told, “The Host” is slow, and relatively dull. It’s filled with ruminations on ethics that it’s not well written enough to carry out effectively. The result comes across as tripe.
Again, my apologies for playing games yesterday, but the grade I would honestly give this movie is a