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: Too many movies to put them all into title

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

 

I feel like I haven’t posted Movie Monday in a while, and I watched A LOT of movies lately, so this week this meme will look a bit different then it usually does.

I’m going to mention movies that I have watched in the last couple of weeks and write just a brief reviews for them.

Nerve

nerve Nerve is the latest movie I watched. I saw it yesterday, in the company of my sister and her husband. We all ended up liking it very much, which was quite surprising for me. I didn’t expect for it to be that good, but I wanted to watch it because I love Dave Franco, and I like Emma Roberts. This movie is based on young adult book that I haven’t read, but I would like to. I have to admit that I didn’t do my research so I don’t know if this is a standalone story or is it a part of the series.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

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Me and my friends decided to spend American Thanksgiving Day in movie theatre. I wanted to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ever since I found out that Ezra Miller has a role in it (in case you didn’t know, Ezra Miller is my favorite actor (+Leo Di)). When the movie trailer saw the light of the day, I expected for this movie to be amazing.
The movie is full of beautiful scenes, great effects and tone of humour (even though it isn’t a comedy), but the story itself is predictable. I figured out everything there was to figure out, and I am not the smartest person in the world.
However, I have to stress out that I watched many interviews with actors and I think producers, PR team or whoever is in charge for those sort of things, are ones responsible because they forbid one actor to talk about his role and, that way it was easy to figure out certain things. They also gave a statement that another certain actor will play in movie number two, so they gave away a spoiler that way.
Ezra Miller was the best actor in the movie. That guy can really play every role. I am so glad his career is turning big lately. He really deserves it.
Eddie Redmayne  was also good, but the more movies with him I watch, the more it seems to me that he plays his roles the same way, if you know what I mean.

 

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

scouts-guide The best comedy I have watched this year! I watched it with my sister’s husband. It was so funny, I laughed so hard that even their dog came to check out what is happening to me. This is perfect movie to watch with friends. I dare to say that the story itself is stupid in a way, but the movie is so entertaining and funny that you’ll be glad you picked it up.

 

Hacksaw Ridge

hacksaw I went to see Hacksaw Ridge into movie theatre with my boyfriend. This movie is based on true events that happened in Vietnam war. The story follows a soldier who refused to touch any weapon, because of his beliefs. The movie is really good, but you should be warned that it contains really explicit scenes. I watched a lot of war movies, but this one was the most detailed one I have ever seen.

 

War Dogs

war-dogs War Dogs is a drama about two guys who made money by selling weapons to American army. It is based on true events.
To be perfectly honest with you, the reason why I decided to watch this movie are it’s two main actors. I always loved Jonah Hill, and Milles Teller is one of my favorite actors from his generation. I always watch their movies, so this one was a must.
The story is pretty entertaining and I had a good time watching it, even though I understand why some people would find it boring.

 

 

 

 

Note: Pictures in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site.