Confessions of a Film Junkie: A review of “The Moth Diaries”
By: Brian Cotnoir & Lindsay Holcomb
|Ernessa, Lucy, and Rebecca |
the Main Characters of "The Moth Diaries"
From a Male Perspective (By: Brian Cotnoir)
The film “The Moth Diaries” is based off of a novel by Rachael Klein, and it is told in diary form, from the Perspective of the film’s protagonist named Rebecca. Rebecca is a 16-year-old girl who attends a prestigious Boarding School—that actually used to be a hotel—and her hopes to have a great school year with her best friend Lucy. However, a new and mysterious girl to the school, named Ernessa, befriends Lucy and soon Rebecca’s best friend is spending more time with the new girl. Rebecca begins to suspect that Ernessa may be a vampire and is trying to steal Lucy away from her, but are Rebecca’s outrageous suspicion’s true or is this just petty teenage jealousy?
|So this is what All Girls Schools are really like, right???|
Our main character Rebecca, played by actress Sarah Bolger, is a very sensible character and therefore very likeable in my opinion. Whenever Rebecca confronts someone with facts about her concerns about Ernessa’s peculiar and concerning behavior—whether it be a friend or a responsible adult—everyone just seems to right her off and tell her she’s overreacting.
For everything Rebecca has in common sense, she lacks in emotional strength. Rebecca does cry an awful lot in the film, and while I agree that it’s not at all possible for her character to always be strong, I do feel the crying parts of way too overplayed in this film. Also, I was not a fan of her on again-off again narration throughout the film. I understand that it was a large part of how the story was told in the novel, but I don’t think it carried over very well to the film.
|It's Like She's not even Trying To be Subtle in the film.|
|Mr. Davis has Impure Intentions|
Also, the school’s principal does nothing to really help anyone in the film. Three dead bodies turn up on the campus in the semester and she play’s them off like they were terrible accidents. If I had a daughter that went to this school, I would have pulled her out by now! Three dead bodies turn up and you don’t call police to investigate—except for the one that was made to look like a suicide—you are a terrible educator, lady. This film had a lot of potential to be great, but unfortunately it is just another film that was poorly adapted from a novel, and that is my perspective as a male who sat down and watched this film. Don’t get me wrong this film isn’t horrible, but I just felt that it could have been so much better.
From a Female Perspective (By: Lindsay Holcomb)
This film is not a bad one. It was made in 2011 and is classified as a horror movie (in IMDB at least). It is set in an all girls school and surrounds a young woman who is in her junior year at the school (college I think, though it could also be a REALLY expensive private high school) and encounters a very strange new student who she believes is a vampire.
|Friends, don't let friends get killed by vampires|
|The ever manipulative Ernessa hides behind the mask of sanity|
Another thing is that the film really gets into the sensual aspect of the vampire. Through most of the film it could look like Ernessa is courting Lucy and Becca, jealous of this new relationship, creates the vampire persona as a way to understand Lucy’s betrayal.
That could be accurate if Ernessa didn’t enter Becca’s dreams, never ate, wandered around at night, had a room full of moths, walked through a window, slept in a trunk, lived in the school a hundred years ago when it was hotel and freaking FLY’S!! Through all this, the word vampire is never really associated with Ernessa, no one calls her a vampire it is implied by Becca, but never said. The only times the word vampire is mentioned in the film is in a class, or when a book is being read.
|I think Ernessa, just may be a Vampire.|
P.S. There is a teacher, Mr. Davies, who I liked in the film until he turned into a horny creep!
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