What do you think is best, to watch a film based on a book first, or read the source material? I was elated to watch Mortal Engines, a film adapted from the Mortal Engines series written by Henry Keazor. The dystopian fantasy was exquisitely brought to the big screen despite skeptics of the film. Read on to see what I thought of the underestimated film.
Mortal Engines Story
A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path. Feral and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
I won’t lie, as much as I was excited to hear that this book series had been adapted for the big screen, I was a little skeptical. The reviews, my friends, were not pretty, and when my husband and I arrived at the theater with only minutes to spare, and we were the only ones there, on opening day, I was worried it was going to be bad.
Of course, I didn’t let anything deter me as I got snug as a bug in my seat and then got my handy-dandy little notebook ready to take notes. The theater got dark, the previews played, and then the movie, in spectacular form, began! Listen, guys, it was good. The movie takes place in a futuristic dystopian world that the filmmakers nailed.
The costumes, set design, and cinematography are gorgeous and well-worth the theater experience, and the acting and the storyline are engaging and at times, truly powerful. There was a scene that I bawled, so bring tissue if you’re prone to tear up! So, what’s with the scathing reviews, you ask?
Well, here’s the thing: there’s a lot going on in this movie, there are quite a few storylines taking place and there’s a lot of backstory that comes your way, so you can’t miss a beat, or something may go over your head. It’s one of those movies where you may benefit from having read the books beforehand, but I don’t think that’s entirely necessary.
So, while I did “melt away a flurry” for the movie feeling a little rushed and for there being a couple of convenient, predictable storylines, I still enjoyed it immensely and I think you can get away with skipping the books just if you come prepared to watch the movie.
Winter’s Forecast: 4 Flurries!
Winter’s Forecast runs on a Five-Flurry Rating System, with five being a perfect storm of fantastic acting, astounding storylines and film components, and an all-around amazing movie-going experience. Here’s the rest of the breakdown:
One Flurry—Near White-Out Conditions: Don’t brave the cold, rent it instead!
Two Flurries—Hail Storm: A few good bits, but mostly worth dodging!
Three Flurries—A Blizzard: Worth the hype, but proceed with caution!
Four Flurries—A Nor’easter: It packs a punch but misses it by that much!
Five Flurries—The Perfect Storm: Stop reading and go watch it already!
Let your world be full of snow and wonder,