I know I’m supposed to discuss books and writing here on the site, but in the past I’ve moved a little off the path and talked about movies *coughEclipsecough* and since “I Am Number Four” is based on the book, I thought it would be appropriate to share my thoughts on it.
It’s no secret I was excited to see this movie. (“Ecstatic” may be a better choice.) Most of my enthusiasm stemmed from the fact that I’m a HUGE Dianna Agron and Alex Pettyfer fan. But after reading the book, I was even more excited because I really enjoyed the characters and the story in general.
Well, having just gotten back from the midnight showing, I can say that the movie is pretty much made of awesome.
The screenplay does deviate from the book, as is the case for all book-to-film adaptations, but it sticks pretty close to the original story. John’s training and the home-ec scenes are gone, but other key scenes are there. Although the characters have remained relatively the same, I don’t think audiences will connect as much to them as they might when reading the book. Since it’s a movie, events have to be rushed in order to keep audience’s attention, so there isn’t much time devoted to getting to know the characters on a personal level. Still, John, Sarah, and Sam are just as great as they are in the books, if not more so. Callan McAuliffe is especially great in his role and I think he made a perfect Sam. Also, Teresa Palmer makes a great Number Six. I would definitely not want to get on her bad side. 🙂
Alex and Dianna have great chemistry and it’s nice to seem them in starring/major roles. I haven’t been able to see most of Alex’s movies, but his acting is great in this and I can only expect him to get even better. I know a lot of fans are anxious to see him in a major role since he’s everyone’s choice for Jace in the City of Bones adaptation. Dianna is wonderful on Glee, but she is even more charming in this film. As Sarah, she has this quiet, yet powerful presence to her that makes you really like her character and wish you knew her.
I’m not a big technological person, but the special effects look good, too. The fight scenes toward the end of the movie are intense, fast-paced, and filmed really well. The beasts looked pretty good, too, but I definitely didn’t picture them looking like they do when I read the book.
Overall, I really, really loved “I Am Number Four”. I think it’s a pretty solid adaptation that people will like whether they’ve read the book or not. Some of the dialogue is awkward, but not so much that it’s distracting. With a great cast who truly do capture the essences of the book’s characters and a storyline with romance, and action, what’s not to love?