Movie of the Week: Love, Rosie

OMG, I have waited long enough for this movie to be released… since it never actually came to Spanish cinemas. Love, Rosie is a British romantic comedy directed by Christian Ditter, based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Irish author Cecelia Ahern. The story follows best friends Alex (Sam Claflin) and Rosie (Lily Collins) throughout their lives, with all their almosts and mistakes. There might be SPOILERS.

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The story starts at the night of Rosie’s 18th birthday, where she and Alex share a kiss, but she drank so much that the next day she doesn’t remember anything. Because she doesn’t want to talk about the previous night, Alex assumes she thinks it was a mistake and ends up inviting another girl to the dance, while Rosie accepts an invitation from Greg (the incredible hot guy). At the dance Rosie and Greg have sex, but the condom gets “lost” and she ends the night in the hospital with Alex. Alex is applying to Harvard medical school and he wants her to join him in Boston, where she can attend Boston University, obviously she says yes. Feeling sick for a while she then decides to go to a pharmacy and ends up getting a pregnancy test… surprise surprise, it’s positive… and she took the morning after pill and everything. Alex surprises her with his good news, he got a scholarship and he’s moving away to Boston, she lets him go, not telling him what’s really going on, and promises she’ll meet him in a few weeks there.

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She then comes up with the brilliant plan: Alex never has to know about the baby, she can just delay her plans for a few months. She decides to give the baby up to adoption, but when the time comes, she’s not able to. She keeps Katie, while still hiding it from her best friend. The plan backfires and Alex eventually finds out and asks to be the baby’s godfather.

The next 5 years go by. Alex is in a stable relationship with Sally, and Rosie has Katie and her best friend Ruby, while being a maid in a hotel. They’re both not happy, and when Alex asks Rosie to visit him in Boston, she jumps at the opportunity, thinking that maybe this is the time she’ll get him… only to find out that not only he’s not happy, but his girlfriend Sally is pregnant. The two get into a fight, Rosie accuses him of having an awful personal live, while Alex attacks her for being a single mom, they do not part well.

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Back home she contacts Katie’s dad, Greg, and decided to give him a chance, eventually marrying him. Meanwhile, Alex separates from Sally and it turns out that the baby wasn’t his. After Rosie’s father funeral, Alex decides to write a letter to Rosie telling her that he can make her happy, that he loves her. Unfortunately the letter never reaches Rosie. Soon after, though, Rosie finds out that Greg is cheating her, and after punching him in the face, she’s putting his things away (not nicely) when she comes about the letter.

Oh the letter, she immediately gets into contact with Alex, only to find out that Bethany (his prom date) is living with him (thanks to her, she was the one who told her she should go see him) and the two are getting married. At their wedding, Rosie finally fesses up and tells Alex that she loves him (while covering up nicely with a brother/sister analogy), and Alex then tells her that they did kiss when they were 18.

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They say goodbye and back home Rosie decided to fulfill her dream of owning an hotel. At the day of the opening Alex shows up, telling her that he and Bethany knew it wasn’t right, and the two of them finally kiss (properly).

Final thoughts:

I really enjoyed this movie. Sure, it’s nothing totally new, but it’s well written and very well acted. I specially loved that the character actually go through stuff… usually, one of them is about to get marry but the other one can stop it, or something comes up. Not here though, they both do get married to the wrong people. They don’t leave everything behind for the other person. It’s kind of refreshing.

Lily and Sam have an amazing chemistry, their “almost kisses” were brilliant.

I love the kids. Katie and her best friend turned boyfriend are amazingly cute.

The characterization is quite well done, while Lily Collins can still appear very young, Sam has a very manish quality to him, it’s nice that they were able to somehow make him look like a teenager at the beginning of the movie. And the music… man, the music is awesome.

“The Mortal Instruments” will be back

Yesterday the internet exploded, for all of us, The Mortal instruments fans, finally got some news we had been waiting for so long: IT WILL COME BACK… but not as we thought. The Hollywood Reporter announced this yesterday:

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“Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare‘s best-selling YA fantasy franchise and which produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film, is relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series.

Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series.
 
Constantin had originally planned to turn Clare’s fantasy series into a feature film franchise but shelved that idea after the first Mortal Instruments film, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, tanked at the box office, earning just $31 million domestically. Constantin, however, insisted it had not abandoned the franchise and planned to return to Mortal Instruments.
 
“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”
 
The Mortal Instruments series is part of a broader strategic shift at Constantin that will see the German-based company move into English-language television series. Moszkowicz said Constantin is looking at possible television adaptations of several of its English-language movie properties, including period serial killer drama Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and the Resident Evil sci-fi horror franchise.
 
Constantin’s German television business has been consistently profitable over the years even as its recent English-language films, with the exception of the Resident Evil titles, have misfired. In addition to Mortal Instruments, Constantin’s big-budget disaster movie Pompeii and the 3D animated Tarzan, both fizzled at the box office.”
  
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Well, I agree that it makes a lot more sense as a tv show. The series takes place in a limited time window, although, the amount of events is huge, and that was clearly not well done on the big screen. And I’m really excited about the possibility of it becoming a TV show. I’ve been “living” in the world of Shadowhunters for several months now (if you don’t count the 2 weeks I was somewhere between “The Maze” and “the Glade”), and it’s a “never-ending” story, in the sense that between the original series and The Infernal Devices we have already 9 books, and that Cassandra Clare is not only planning a sequel to The Infernal Devices, but to The Mortal Instruments as well! So, TV is not only a great chance for them to do it right, but to also expand on all the magnificent things the has put on paper!

The big concern right now is, of course, how they will come about doing it. Will they start from the beginning (ignoring the movie altogether), or are they starting in City of Ashes?! I have to be honest, I would love a total remake, because they screwed it up so badly, changing things that should not have been changed…

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The other main concern for most fans is the casting. We now had a couple of years to grow to love all those involved in this movie, a second movie would mean that they would all be back, but a TV show means that most of them most likely wont! Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are highly unlikely to be linked to the TV show, no matter how much they love the characters, I just think it isn’t feasible given the success they enjoy right now. As much as I love Jamie in the movie, he’s not “my Jace”, so I guess I would be OK with it. Same goes for Clary, Lily Collins clearly made the character her own, but she not how I envisioned her. Now comes the tricky part: having any other person other than Robert Sheehan playing Simon would be plainly wrong. Isabelle is a role I fell needed a recast if we had had a second movie… Jemima West may be great, she’s just not a great Izzy.

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Now Magnus and Alec… I guess in a sense we were lucky that nothing went on between them in the first book/movie… Godfrey Gao is “my Magnus”, I can’t read a passage with him in it without seeing his face, so I’m hoping, really hoping, that given that Magnus is a continuous character throughout the whole Shadowhunter business, that they’ll be able to keep him… I kinda grew to love Kevin Zegers‘s Alec, maybe because now I absolutely love Alec in the books, but I guess I would mind if he was recasted. Though all the fanart with Godfrey and Kevin’s faces would be out of date…

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The Mortal Instruments: Never judge a book by its Movie!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the first book of the Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare, was adapted to film last year and it didn’t quite live up to the expectations. I first watched the movie a couple of months ago, and although I didn’t love it, it intrigued me enough to want to read the books.

I just finished the first book, City of Bones, and I’m loving the second one, City of Ashes. In a cinematic universe filled with successful Young Adult fantasy books adaptations, what went wrong with this one?

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THE CASTING…

… HITS: When you read a book that’s turned into a movie, it’s sometimes hard to let go of the image you create, weather this is by looks alone, attitude and spunk, or sometimes, only really bad writing. These are the actors I thought were well chosen for their roles:

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        • Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace – well, arguably, although extremely attractive, Jamie is not the handsome young man described in the book. He has, however, the demeanor that makes Jace, well, Jace!
        • Robert Sheehan as Simon – despite some minor differences, Robert plays Simon to a teeth…
        • Lena Headey as Jocelyn – Lena Headey can do no wrong in my eyes, weather she’s playing mean Queen Cersei, or Jocelyn Fray, she looks great doing it. She was also fortunate enough with the role, because it was the only one that they boosted up in regards to the book.
        • Aidan Turner as Luke – I can totally see him as the level headed and fiercely protective werewolf that he’s supposed to be. We could even catch glimpses of it during the film, but like most of the characters, the writers decided that the most important stuff wouldn’t make it… shame!

…MISSES: And these ones, for one reason or another, did not convinced me that they were right for their part…

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        • Lily Collins as Clary – I liked her for some of the movie, and here I blame who ever did this adaptation, because they took out some of the best things about her character. No one can deny, however, that she and Jamie have an incredible chemistry, and I hope that her role doesn’t get so trampled in the upcoming movie. 
        • Kevin Zegers as Alec – It was such a miss, that while I was reading the book I couldn’t even remember his face from the movie. Alec has something special about him, besides being in love with Jace, Clary even says that she sees what Magnus sees in him… well, we don’t see it in the movie.
        • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine – well, I’m not even going to mention the white-blond hair that Valentine is supposed to have, I’m going to concentrate on the fact that he’s not supposed to wear his rage on his sleeve, he’s supposed to be smart about it and able to manipulate people… he did no such thing! Rhys Meyers, although great on the physical side of stuff, lacked in all other departments…

…IT COULD HAVE BEEN GOOD, BUT…:

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        • Jemima West as Isabelle – she did very well, but I didn’t like her, not in the way I liked in the book, she should have more development… lets hope it comes.
        • Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane – This could have been a brilliant piece of casting, the guy sure looks the part, but I still have no idea if he can act, given that Bane’s role was so deeply cut!
        • CCH Pounder as Madame Dorothea – I love this actress, really. Not sure about this role though! Not only was the role of Dorothea severely trimmed, but her best interactions with Clary and Jace were not in the movie.
        • Jared Harris as Hodge – I guess it was a good choice, for a very different role from the book… IDK…

   

THE OMISSIONS

There are a lot of omissions in the movie in regard to the book, and it’s only natural, it happen in every single adaptation, because no book has the length of a 2 hour movie. However, certain pieces of information that were kind of vital to the plot were left out, and sometimes replaced by stuff that just doesn’t make sense.

For instance, in the movie Simon is kidnapped by the Vampires because they supposedly want to get to Clary to get hold of the Mortal Cup (WTF?!). At this point in the story, how the hell do they know who she is?! What actually happens is that they take Simon – in RAT FORM – because they think he’s one of them, because he’s a freaking RAT! Then, when Jace and Clary go to rescue him (by themselves), they meet Raphael, the Vampire leader, who will be vital to the plotlines ahead. Also, the wolves help them escape and Clary throws the blade that Jace had already given to her (it doesn’t just occur to her to ask him for it in the heat of the moment) and injures Alaric (NOT LUKE!!!!). I could even accept that they would kidnap Simon to annoy Jace, maybe if they had included the motorcycles story, it could make sense…

The biggest omission of the movie, however, is the Accords and Idris. It’s a vital piece of information that explains a lot of things, from the absence of the Lightwoods in the Institute, to the timing of Valentine’s attack and the whole story behind the Uprising… which they forgot to mention properly as well.

Directly related to the one above, is Luke’s story and his background with Jocelyn and Valentine, which correlates directly to…

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Let’s just say that a bit chunk of the story goes directly against the book… Yeah, you read it, it’s lot a light change, or a different road to get to the same place. No! It’s an entirely different universe! Just from the moment that Valentine shows up at the Institute:

  • Hodge orders Hugo to attack Clary and holds her in place and knocks out Jace, while summoning Valentine;
  • Valentine lifts Hodge curse and Hodge leaves the Institute as soon as he can;
  • Valentine takes an unconscious Jace through his portal, which by the way, is not in any way near the Institute;
  • Hodge then sends a message to Magnus Bane (for him to go and help Alec, which we only read about later on);
  • Clary follows Hodge and Luke, in wolf form, saves her, leaving Hodge incapacitated;
  • Luke tells Clary all her story, including the fact that she’s Valentine’s daughter;
  • Clary finds out where Valentine is hiding, at Renwick’s  – AND NEVER, EVER, EVER WAS HE HIDDEN IN THE INSTITUTE, OR OPENED A PORTAL FOR DEMONS TO GET IN, AND HODGE HAD NO PART WHATSOEVER IN THIS OR IN THE “JACE AND CLARY ARE SIBLINGS” BUSINESS;
  • Luke, Clary and his pack head into Renwick’s, where they find Jocelyn unconscious;
  • Clary finds Jace, who tells her that he got his father back – Valentine – that is, Jace clearly recognizes Valentine has the man who raised him and that he thought was Michael Wayland, unlike the movie, where Jace was never truly convinced of this;
  • Valentine plays with the fact that he knows that Jace and Clary are siblings, slowly torturing both his children;
  • Luke fights with Valentine and is almost killed;
  • Jace only goes against his father when he thinks that Clary is in danger, and only then gets out of his control, refusing to travel through the portal to Idris;
  • Yes, Valentine not only escapes unharmed, he also takes the MORTAL CUP with him!!!!
  • Simon, Isabelle and Hodge were not present during these events. Also, Simon does not get bitten by a Vampire and never in the first book shows any sign of turning.
  • In no point in the book Clary develops the ability to draw up runes that she doesn’t know… actually, she gets her second mark ever in the beginning of the second book (the first being the healing mark at the beginning drawn up by Jace).
  • Clary ends up in good terms with Isabelle and Alec.
  • By the end, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jace and Clary are really siblings, both children of Valentine and Jocelyn!