I went into this movie with very high expectations. I’m definitely a part of the fandom. (I refer you to my image below.)
From the very beginning of this movie, I was hooked. (I don’t want to completely spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet, but let’s just say a feminine issue was brought to attention. Thank you!)
I loved the casting. I’m not a huge fan of Chloë Grace Moretz, but I thought she made a great Cassie. And let’s just say I did a lot of swooning over Ben (played by Nick Robinson) and Evan (played by Alex Roe). There were two scenes with Evan that made me smile–and I was fan girling with my boyfriend next to me. He is very understanding when it comes to my book boyfriends and book-boyfriends-turned-on-screen crushes. Also, every time Sammy (played by Zackary Arthur) came on, I was awwing away at him. That is one adorable little child! And yes, yes, yes to all that is Ringer!
Parts of the time I hated knowing what was going to happen from reading the book, but it was still great watching the scenes play out on screen instead of in my head. In the beginning, I knew what would happen with the crucifix guy, and when it played out, it was actually pretty interesting hearing some movie watchers gasp. (They probably hadn’t read the book, and it was nice that they were already getting caught up in the story.)
Seeing all of the waves play out is scary as ever. It makes me feel like those things could happen. There were even a couple of seconds where the tidal wave was going over Hallandale Beach, which is so close to where I live! I guess what I’m trying to say is that the effects were so spot on they freaked me out.
I was a little sad that a couple of book details were taken out, but I understand things get cut. I did wish that Zombie’s crew’s names would have been mentioned more because I didn’t really know who was who. I also didn’t like the fact that Ringer had such heavy eye makeup, because if she’s on a military base, where the heck is she getting it from? Those are really my only gripes with the movie. I thought it was fantastic. There was even a change that had addressed something I found confusing in the book, which dealt with the Cassie-Sam-bus scene.
If you haven’t seen it, just go. It was great. If you have seen it, what were your thoughts? Did you think it did the book justice or did you watch before reading the book? Let me know!