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The 5th Wave | Movie vs Book



Back in November I wrote a post reviewing The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The movie adaptation came out a few weeks ago in the UK and I wanted to let you know my thoughts, wether you've read the book or not.


IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOK


It's very similar, and I'm quite pleased with what events are in it and which ones aren't. Of course there are things I wish could have been there but, for the most part, they got what was important and didn't change it too much. The story is told in a linear way, compared to the jumping from present to past that happened in the book. At first I was a bit worried that would make it boring at some points of the narrative, but I was proven wrong.

I wasn't too happy with some of the casting choices at first. I think Chloe Grace Moretz is great but, for some reason, I just couldn't believe she was Cassie. The same happened with Ringer, I just didn't believe her and her character seemed way too forced. By the end of the movie, Chloe seemed more like Cassie, but I can't see Maika Monroe as Ringer. 

To be completely honest, the thing that "ruined" it for me, what made it worse, were the few cheesy moments it has (no spoilers, but yes, THAT relationship). This is something that's also in the book, but the movie was, somehow, a bit darker and made to appeal to a broader audience, and I think those few sequences can ruin it for many. It breaks the rhythm of the movie.

Overall, I think you'll like it, but it felt rushed to me. The book has a more calm pace and it feels like everything happens too fast.

IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK


Please read my book review if you want to know a little bit more about the story. And read the actual book if you feel like you want to be a bit more invested in the story.

If you like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, or the Divergent series, you will like this as well. It has a lot of action, but also some deeper moments. It is a science fiction story, but it's not showcased as much, the action side of it takes over. As I've said in a previous paragraph, I believe they've made it so it can appeal to more people, and I think they've achieved it for the most part.

I know it hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the other young adult book to movie adaptations, but you shouldn't take that as it being a bad film or less entertaining.

I personally would give it a 7/10 - and would recommend you to watch it and let me know your thoughts.

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