Released February 2013
Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
I had only a vague interest in seeing this in the theater. I’d never heard of it before and it seemed like white noise in the overdone romantic fantasy genre. Finding out it was based on a popular YA novel didn’t really help its cause.
However, with a supporting cast that boasts names like Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum I thought this might be one of those “secretly good” movies.
I was wrong.
LaGravenese is predominantly a writer who seems to be trying to branch out into directing. Production wise, this movie is pretty standard. The effects aren’t fake looking, the movie doesn’t feel low budget at all. I can only assume that it’s the story that is lacking.
The concept had potential but it never really developed. The character development was rushed and unsatisfying. The mythology was a poorly explained. As usual, the romance evolved so fast that it was impossible to buy into. Add to all of this distractingly terrible southern accents from the main characters and southern stereotypes galore…