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Vampire Academy (2014)
Vampire Academy Surprised Me.
I'm pretty sure everyone was a little disappointed by the first two Vampire Academy trailers. It looked very quirky, funny and nothing like the books. Even though the first book did have some humor, it was very dark, and entertaining at parts. The new TV spots seemed to showcase some of that dark humor. That plus Richelle Mead's assurance that the movie was faithful to the book convinced me to go ahead and see Vampire Academy.
And I'm so glad I did. Vampire Academy wasn't as faithful as Catching Fire, but the movie definitely stuck very close to the plot of the book. While there were changes in the film, I understood them. Most of the major plot points were there - the changes were really just to make the movie more cinematic, including changing the order of certain events, the places said events take place, and adding more action sequences, like the Christian-Strigoi dream. The ending was a little more action packed than the book, too, with some more chances to show off how good these dhampirs were at kicking butt.
The cast was spot-on. Man, these YA adaptations do an amazing job at casting. Zoey Deutch was the perfect Rose. Not only was she how I pictured her, she was great at making Rose the perfect combination of witty and likable. Lucy Fry was pretty good as Lissa Dragomir, and she was excellent at showing the multiple sides of Lissa's character. Danila Kozlovsky... Oh, my God. Why has he not been in any American movies before this one? I had my doubts about him, but he was the perfect Dimitri and just the right amount of sexy. For fans of the books, the lust charm scene worked perfectly, and though it was a little shorter than in the book, it was just the way I imagined it. The only actor I didn't like was the woman who played Headmistress Kirova. I can't think of her name. She was a terrible actress! Someone better should have played her.
Overall, Vampire Academy was a thrilling journey, and very close to the book. Everyone, go and see it, so we can get Frostbite!