One of many 'Twilight want-to-be's" that have attempted to strike the same fire and failed to gather an audience. However, this one is somewhat entertaining with the talent behind the camera overwhelming those in front. Englert (Ginger & Rosa) and Ehrenreich (Tetro) have some chemistry but not enough to really sell it. It's Emma Thompson who steals the show here looking like she at least had some fun making it.
I wasn't sure if I would like this, but in fact I love it. It's so beautifully romantic, better than the Twilight series. Here it's the girl who has the special magic powers, and I yearned to be her so much, loved by the good, strong, supportive, even-keeled guy, who helps her grow into those powers and use them for good.
Filmetto adolescenziale romantico ben confezionato e con un ottima direzione artistica. Dura 135 minuti ma fila liscio, il che vorrà pur dir qualcosa. Troviamo molteplici assonanze con Twilight e stona così come l'avrei chiuso nel finale, ma ad hollywood ultimamente va tanto di moda sfornare sequel e meglio lasciare porte aperte. Comunque visti i risultati dubito che le avventure della maga Lena proseguiranno.
Just like Hunger Games, a good sci-fi/fantasy premise (and actors) is downlplayed by the economic needs that put tweens in love/danger front and center. This one has great production values, a story I can follow without feeling embarassed and even some nifty dialogue, but it is almost wasted.
Why people love to hate on this? It might not be the movie of the year, but all actors did a good job and the movie was entertaining. I found it refreshing that for once there is a message of "it's ok to be complex and have both sides" rather than "Love conquers all"/"Diversity is GOod and fuN!!" Sure it's semplicistic, but if you went for this thinking it was Bergman and got disappointed then u're the one to blame.