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I actually enjoyed Blood and Chocolate. Sure, the novel was butchered, and some of the dialogue was terrible, but I still liked it!

A bit of a review and some spoilers behind the cut.

I think I liked the movie better than the novel. The new location (Romania instead of Maryland!) made for some lovely scenery. I liked the music. I liked most of the actors. Hugh Dancy  as Aiden was good, but I'd rather hear him speak in his natural British accent. I think that Agnes Bruckner (as Vivian) has potential. She seemed very confident despite some of the less than inspiring dialogue. Oh, yes. There were some howlers (pun intended) in there.   And of course, I loved Bryan Dick. He is so good at being a total bastard...and yet, I felt a little sorry for him. He's only in about two thirds of the movie (and he dies horribly!), but he makes the most of his part. And have I mentioned lately that he's gorgeous?

The things I didn't like: Olivier Martinez and his fucked up accent. He couldn't decide what he was supposed to be, I guess, so he mixed his French with some weird bastardized Romanian. I also didn't like that his Gabriel was an asshole. That's one change from the book that sucks. 

I liked Astrid, even though she's a sweetie instead of the evil bitch from the novel. I could buy her as Rafe's mother (though in the book, they weren't related at all, and were in fact lovers). The scene where she is told of Rafe's death is hearbreaking.

Now the ending...I know that earlier I was bitching about the changes, but now that I've seen the movie, I really don't mind so much. I'll just accept that the novel and film are two totally seperate entities. Sure, in the book, Aiden is a wimp, and doesn't accept Vivian when he learns her true nature. But a Hollywood picture needs a Hollywood ending, so Aiden is the hero and Gabriel the bad guy. Somehow it works. The ending is a bit silly (but of course it had to end with a building blowing up!), but I found the whole thing entertaining.

DVD goodies- a nice commentary with the director, Katja von Garnier and Martinez. The mystery of Bryan Dick's weird eyes is solved- his wolf had one brown and one blue eye, so von Garnier decided that Bryan would wear a brown contact lens. I loved hearing about the "wolf camp", and wish there had been a feature about it. There are also many deleted scenes. They weren't important to the story, but nice.

Bottom line- hardly a great movie, but an enjoyable way to pass an evening. Not a lot of blood, and it's more of a chick flick than a werewolf film, but fun. Not quite three stars out of four, but close.

I wish I could make screencaps. There's one sexy shot of Bryan in the deleted scenes (when did he get chest hair?  ) that I'd love to have. Actually, there are a lot of pretty Hugh shots, too. I kind of like his scruffy look.

Edit: and I actually watched it sober. I may watch while drinking this weekend. Might be even better that way!


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Jun. 14th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Most things do :D
Jun. 14th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
True! LOL
Jun. 15th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
"I loved hearing about the "wolf camp", and wish there had been a feature about it."

Hahahaha. Q is going to be pissed off. I know a "wolf camp" feature was one of the things she was hoping for.

I wanted to watch the movie this weekend, but I'm too durned filled up, so the next weekend after this, I will actually put aside time to see the movie. You wrote a pretty good, honest review, though it's kind of out of context for me, since I never read the book and have no emotional interest on that level for caring if it's true to the original source or not. I know a lot of fangeeks were angry that it wasn't.
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, q won't like the lack of features. I was hoping for more than what there was. I know she was also hoping for more of Naked!Rafe (so was I!). But at least we get a lot of the Bryan Dick Death Glare™!

Jun. 15th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Q was not pleased at the lack of wolf camp-ness, no, precious. >:P i thought at least it'd be an easter egg or something, but no...

anyway, if either of you are interested, my review of the flick from when it first came out is over here, and i hope to have a picspam up sometime tomorrow. :)
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
That was a great review. I look forward to the picspam!
Jun. 15th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
I loved your preview of the movie, too. The "little cumbria section of Romania" bit- Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Yes, you can take Bryan out of Carlisle, but you can't take Carlisle out of Bryan!
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