Though props on casting Lily Cole as a vampire - pitch perfect. She's a marvel, that one.
well, it's not so captivating in the end but at least it has a certain visual aesthetic and I really like the way that the literary references are used,it's nice to see some characters surrounded with books once in a while.and it's not bad at all considering the other dozens of weak examples of the genre.
I would have gobbled this up when I was 14, but I'm not 14, I'm 21 and my attention wavered throughout it. It felt very choppy, and I blame that for the actresses' poor performances – which is disappointing because it had a lot of potential to be ethereal and haunting in the same respect as "Let the Right One In".
A movie the critics got wrong. First of all, it's not a horror movie, it's a gothic psychodrama. The allure is in untangling the real from imagined. Is what’s on-screen real or is it the character’s subjective reality altered by jealousy and psychosis? It is similar to ‘American Psycho' in this respect. Unfortunately, ‘The Moth Diaries’ is the sort of film most modern audiences lack the attention-span to appreciate.
One of those rare films that carries an "R" rating while its dialogue and subject matter make it clear the story is aimed squarely at young teenage girls. Truthfully, the film deals with potent themes of jealousy and friendship that are relevant no matter what age you are. Hell: take away the vampire element, add a soundtrack by Goblin, and "Moth Diaries" could easily fit into Dario Argento's Eighties oeuvre.
With Mary Harron at the wheel, it is extra unforunate to see such a promising project fall so flat. An isolated Gothic boarding school, the anxieties and angst of teenage years, supernatural mystery - all goes to waste with spotty acting and cheap effects. There were some very atmospheric moments (raining blood in the library, for example), but otherwise there was very little that stood out.
Oh to be a teenage girl again, the jealousies, the angst, the burgeoning sexuality, the vampires.....Silly and frankly often boring tale from the Rachel Klein novel that wants to be so much more than it is.Sarah Bolger well cast in the lead with good support from Sarah Gadon but found Lily Cole to be over-rated here and the teachers about as visible as Charlie Brown's teacher. Atmosperhic but empty.
This film, more than any other movie I've ever seen, captures the feeling of a modern Young Adult novel; as such it's more than a little tepid, flirts with dark imagery, and completely ordinary. I commend Harron for making a film for/about teenage girls, but I do wish she brought some of her biting, nearly balletic sense of pop satire.