Movie Monday: Ashes in the Snow – the book was so much better! #MovieMonday #MovieReview #AshesInTheSnow #MovieTwit #War

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched an adaptation to one of my all time favorite books, Between Shades of Gray.

Ashes in the Snow

Ashes in the Snow was one of the movies I was really looking forward to see this year, even though I didn’t have the highest expectations about it.
It is an adaptation to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I loved the book so much that now it is one of the best books I’ve read, but when it comes to movie, it wasn’t that good.

The story was mostly true to the novel, even though some things were changed or left out. The story was shaking, but it was shown in a really boring way.
Here, I said it, and I’ll say it again: I was bored most of the time while watching.
If I haven’t read the book, and wasn’t emotionally attached to the story, I would probably stop watching after 20 minutes.

It is a shame, really, and it made me think why is that, and then it came to me: the book is beautiful because of the writing. There were so many sentences that stayed with me until today, and I read the book four years ago.
What the movie was missing was the narrator’s voice. Those beautiful words Lina said while she was telling her story.
And they could have easily be in the story, if the makers decided to put them.
Just like the movie The Fault in our Stars was narrated by Hazel, Ashes in the Snow should have been narrated by Lina.
All of my favorite quotes from the book would be on the screen that way.

I don’t want to sound mean, but I have to say this: I think that the main actress who played Lina was too old for her part. She is 27, and with all that make up she looked like 34, not 17 as her character was.
I mean, I get that war and conditions Lina was in would not be easy on anyone, but it was still a miss, in my opinion.

In the end, I want to say I love how they changed the name of the story to Ashes in the Snow. I think it is so much better then the original one.

I would recommend the book to everyone, because it is beautiful and it tells an important story.
As for the movie, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Movie Monday: Room

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week, I want to talk about:

Room

Room is a drama about a woman who is captured and lives in a small room with her five years old sonsoba Jack. Trying to make his son’s life as normal as she can, she plans how to save him and escape from the man who took the world away from them.

Room is based on the novel written by Emma Dogonhue, who also wrote a screen play for the movie adaptation.

It has been a little over six months since I read the book, but I still remember it very clearly.

I remember  it was an emotionally hard read for me and I also remember that the narrator, a five years old Jack, got on my nerves from time to time.

And although I liked the book very much, I am pleased to say that I liked the movie so much better. I never, not even once, found Jack to be annoying, but could understand him so much better and got attached to him on a strong level.

This movie was so emotional, it brought me to tears multiple times (especially the part closer to the end, when Jack is talking about happenings from his perspective).

I know this movie has Oscar nominations, and now when I saw it, I hope that I’ll see Brie Larson on the stage as a winner in the Best Actress category.

If you still haven’t, I recommend you to go and see this movie while it is still in theaters. But don’t forget to bring tisshues with you, because you will need them.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of A24 FILMS.

Movie Monday: The Revenant and The Danish Girl

Movie Monday is a new feature I decided to host on my blog.

From now on, Mondays will be reserved for my ramblings about movies I watched lately.

Since watching movies is what I really like to do in my spare time, I tought Movie Mondays would be a great addition to my book blog, especially when so many movies nowadays is inspired by or based on a book.

This week I want to talk about two movies I watched and they both happen to be inspired by books. First one being The Revenant and the second being The Danish Girl.

 

The Revenant 

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In whole honesty, the first and main reason I decided to watch this movie was the one and only: Leonardo DiCaprio. The second reason was that I knew it was something my boyfriend would like.

I was right. He loved it! But I loved it too! I loved the story, I loved the nature we saw in the movie, I loved all the action scenes, effects, just everything about this movie, but what I liked the most were acting performances. I think both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy should win Oscars this year because theye were AMAZING.

Maybe the movie lenght is a bit too long but I understand why it is so.

If you have a chance I suggest you to go and watch it because you won’t regret it.

I pressume that the female audience don’t feel  a rush when it comes to seeing this film, but there is a great chance you will love it more then you think you will. I know that situation happened to me.

 

The Danish Girl

Going into this movie I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew it was a movie about the first transgender woman but didn’t know anything about her.

This movie has such a beautiful story. It woke my emotions and I cried several times wthe danish girlhile
watching, even though I am not the one who cries easily (the train scene was just so sad).

Eddie Redmayne was amazing in playing his role, and his coleague Alicia Vikander was great. Alicia is not only a good actress, but is also very beautiful to watch. I hope to see her in more movies in the future.

I recommend this one highly.

 

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If you ask me which one is better, I would have to say The Danish Girl has a story, but overall I think The Revenant is better in quality and performance.

I have to admit that I am a HUGE Leo Di fan so there is a slight chance that I am subjective here.

 

Note: Pictures in this post are not my property but taken from IMDb site and are property of 20th Century FOX and Universal Pictures International.