Last night I went to watch The 5th Wave after work with my friends. To tell you the truth I was not that excited to see this movie. When I saw the cast for this movie I was not that impressed. I did not think that Chloe Grace Moretz was going to be a good Cassie. I’m not much of a fan of her, so I may be biased. I also did not like who they chose for Evan, but after watching the movie I could see Alex Roe being him. Ben Parish and Sams were cast pretty well.
When I was watching the trailers before the movie came out, they did not make me feel very excited. There was something about them that was lackluster. I did not feel that excitement I felt when I read the books. (Check out the book trailers here. I think they did much better than the actual movie trailers.)
I also did not feel much excitement as we watched the movie. As you watch it you feel as if there could have been more. You could feel the level of potential of the movie, but the movie never really makes it to that level. Honestly, there were a lot of “what the fucks” and “what the hells” coming out of my mouths and my friends. Why? Because the movie was not accurate to the book. It was like we knew it was The 5th Wave and they took concepts from it, but there were many scenes that happened differently. I understand that the movie is usually going to stray a bit from the book, but damn this was kind of disappointing. I felt like the writers did not even read the book. They either got someone to summarize it or they skimmed the book. How can you just change such pivotal points in the book?
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The part where Cassie and Sam get separated and Vosch pretty much cleans out the whole refugee camp is hella different. I felt like that part should have stayed some what the same. They got rid of that Crisco kid and the ash pit. The way Sam and Cassie get separated is different. Cassie’s does not have a struggle with the soldiers. To top it off, Vosch does not neutralize the camp with his alien bomb thingy.
My friends and I felt like this was such a pivotal part in the book for Cassie, but they totally end up butchering it into something that was less of substance.
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Can we just take a moment to talk about Ringer. Ringer looks nothing like I expected. When I went to Lib Con 2015 and Rick Yancey did his keynote speech he told us that Ringer was not going to look like what he imagined and kind of hinted at in the book, but damn that shit took me by surprise. In the second book, he kind of hints at Ringer being part Asian and I’m pretty sure there is a part that says she is part Native American (I could be wrong) however the Ringer in the movie was just something else. She ended up being a pale goth girl with dyed jet black hair that had some mini tats and hella dark eyeliner. IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU GETTING THAT MUCH SUPPLY OF EYELINER. LET ALONE THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ARMY STANDARDS.
I know that this is a movie, but damn. Teacups hair was all out of wack and in her face. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in a bun. Ringer’s hair was always a mess and I’m surprised her higher ups did not say anything about that makeup. I know that in the Army for women if you are in uniform your hair must be kept nicely in a bun (unless at PT or if you have shorter hair) and make up should look natural. Then towards the end of the movie they somehow had blue fatigues? Did they high jack the Humvee from some naval soldiers or? I don’t know. I’m just being picky. Let’s also not get into how Cassie’s golden locks were always so nicely waved when the bitch was literally out there fighting for her life in the woods. Yall couldn’t have thrown at least a leaf or two in there?
The movie also felt very fast and pushed. Cassie was supposed to stay at Evan’s for a month or two, but it seemed as if she was there for only a few weeks. She was even running pretty fine after being badly injured. WTF. There was also the part to where Ben’s squad comes to a realization about the aliens. It was Ringer who figures it out in the book not Ben. The way that they figured it out in the movie was so quick. Ben literally takes probably less than a minute to realize it and spews it all out to their squad. Bruh, come one now. Where is the suspense?
In all honesty, this movie did not blow me away. Looking back at the notes I took at Lib Con, Rick Yancey did warn us that the movie is not what we were going to expect. I wrote down a quote from him where he said something along the lines of him not writing the movie, directing the movie, or casting the movie. I don’t want to exactly quote him on it since I was writing pretty fast, but the gist of it is that the movie was going to come out different…and it did.
Leaving the theater to use the bathroom, I heard one of the girls in the stalls next to me say “the book was so much better,” then I heard a young girl say the same thing to her father as we left the movie theater to go to dinner. So please, before you decide to watch the movie, read the book. Actually, if you want, go watch the movie now. Just make sure to read the book and you will see the total differences. The book will blow you away. Please Please Please do not judge The 5th Wave on the movie. Read the books.
If they ever do make a second movie, I pray that it will be much better.
I have my reviews for both books, so just click below:
I’m guessing that since the movie is out, I can release the notes I took while I was at Lib Con. My handwriting is really bad (doesn’t help I wrote in cursive), so you may not be able to read em:
Here are some helpful links if you want to get to know more about The 5th Wave or Rick Yancey:
Until next time yall!