UPDATE: I JUST SAW IT A SECOND TIME AND STILL LOVED IT!
First thoughts: I NEED TO GO SEE THIS AGAIN RIGHT MEOW! THEY'D BETTER MAKE THE OTHER MOVIES OR I THINK I MAY PUNCH SOMEONE. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!
There are so many reasons to go see Vampire Academy, whether you loved the series, hated the series, are completely indifferent to it or you've never read it! This movie hits on so many genres and different types of people, it was so hard not to love. I feel very protective of my favorite series, and since this is one of them, I'm happy to report that I loved this movie much more than I thought I would. But the main way I knew this was a good movie was because I took my best friend (who hates even going to the movie theaters in the first place) who had not only never even finished the first book but also is very picky with her movies, and she loved it just as much as I did. This is a true testament to how many different people this can reach out to.
So I'm going to tell you what I liked/loved in this movie, and I think Buzzfeed does a really good job of summarizing the awesome of this movie and why you should go see it. The full article is here, but I'll pick out the parts I agree with (which are most of them, but I'll put them in the order I think is most important) and elaborate with my own thoughts while adding some of my own.
The friendship between Rose and Lissa
I laughed, I gasped, I swooned!
Yes, I did all those things. This really brought back the days I fell in love this series, and the directors really brought to life the funny moments, the serious moments, the cringe-worthy moment and the swoon-worthy moments in perfect fashion. I found myself enjoying it from the beginning, and never truly relaxing until it had ended. This movie did things to me that felt exactly like the way the series made me feel.Girl power
This kind of goes with the girl best friends idea, but we see a lot of female empowerment in this movie, just like in the book. Rose is a perfect example of this, being the badass that she is, but I could also really see it in Lissa when she wasn't going to take anymore crap from anybody. Granted, she was using compulsion to get what she wanted, but to have the guts to do that is really daring for a British lady such as herself. There was some serious girl power in this movie, and I really think that the directors' experience with Mean Girls helped in this aspect.
The cast is phenomenal with so much obvious chemistry on all fronts
The pop culture references
I was so glad to notice that they updated the jargon to fit today's society rather than the year the book was published. For instance, one of the characters asks Rose what a hashtag is, and I loved it! But it also brings in classic pop culture references. The article sites that they found references to Pretty in Pink, Gladiator, Superman, and Mean Girls. Two of my favorite lines were when Rose references Mason as Ducky when he's being a jerk (which is of course from Pretty in Pink) and one of the last lines where Rose asks Dmitri "Are you not entertained?!" which of course is Gladiator. I couldn't help loving the writers and director's for these brilliant choices.The critics are heartless because this movie made me bleed (metaphorically, of course)
You know that pain in your chest when something is happening in a movie that you just can't handle? I got that feeling in this movie despite the fact that I had read the book before. Luckily, I didn't read it before and even forgot who the bad guy was and what happens at the end. There were just so many feels, mostly because of Rose and Dmitri, but the best part about this series that the movie really nailed is that it's not just about the romance. There's so much more that takes president over it and even hinders it. The critics are obviously not fans of the series (or vampires or even YA for that matter), and since they've been jaded by other YA movies not turning out well, they looked for flaws that weren't there and embellished them. The truth is, this is a perfect adaptation of this book. There are always things that have to be taken out, but it helps seeing it as a separate entity, as I've said many times.
WHAT THEY DID WRONG
There's only one thing they did wrong with this movie and that's the advertising. They tried to draw in the Mean Girls crowd, but it's barely about that, and I think that really hurt it in terms of people going to go see it. Luckily, it was nothing like those terrible advertisements and had very few true Mean Girls moments. And those moments were done right anyway.
Now, I will leave you with some yummy pictures of Dmitri. Seriously, when he called her my Rosa, I nearly died of swoonage, because such a thing totally exists.
Have you seen Vampire Academy? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!