OK, I'll admit it, in my middle age, I'm still somewhat a romantic at heart! Or, could it be that I see so much drama around me everyday, that watching this teenage romance novel on screen is a short escape from reality?
Either way, I mostly liked, if not enjoyed the movie.
"The Host" is a slow flowing book, aimed primarily at teenage girls aged 14-19. The movie catches this flow quite nicely. Just like the book, it starts slow and stays that way till the very end. This is NOT and action flick.
The scenery is close to the description. I liked the acting by the entire cast, especially Saoirse Ronan and Jake Abel. William Hurt delivers a nice performance (as usual) and fits the part nicely.
As a rule, I don't like seeing books on screen. There is an inevitable change of storyline and a loss of characters from the book who are deemed unnecessary to the plot. That, however, doesn't bother me as much as the all-to-often deviation in the characters' physical appearances when compared to the book.
What I really didn't like (I'm a stickler for details like this),and this is where the physical appearance of the actor completely deviates from the book, is the choice of Diane Kruger for the role of the Seeker Lacey and Emily Browning for the part of Pat/Wonderer. The total lack of the character "Jody" also take something away, although not to noticeably.
Diane Kruger is a fine, very attractive actress, but she is a 5'11" blond, dressed in all white. In the book the "seeker" is described as a very petite brunette who wares all black
Pat is described as a tiny, very frail 16 year old with tons of freckles everywhere. She look like someone you just have to protect. Mrs Browning is average height, in her mid 20's and relatively wholesome looking.
Futuristic scenery of the cities, cars and motorcycles is pretty believable. Since the movie is set in not-so-far future, the appearance of dress and technology is very similar to our own, so that's a plus.