Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) stars in this adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning near-future novel about an American teenager sent to live with her family in Britain on the eve of the Third World War, directed by Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland).
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Middling adaptation from a director capable of so much more. A young yank stranded with cousins in the UK suddenly finds herself in the midst of a possible WWIII and struggles to stay alive to continue her incestuous affair with her cousin. Yet even with a plot like that this plays like a more boring version of 'Never Let Me Go'. The possibilities go unchecked despite an interesting turn by Sairose Ryan.
this one is difficult to review because i didnt want to like it at all. it was just a terrible book but the movie version isnt half bad. its a annoying american with a n attention span of an ant watching the end of the world.
Though Ronan very convincingly plays the angsty American teen visiting her hospitable family in the UK, the rest of the film sort of falls apart once London is bombed. For a film about physical and emotional fallout, there's not a lot of trauma going on - or story, really. A few corpses does not an effective war film make. The director is normally so skilled that this almost feels like studio sabotage.
Harry-Potter meets Never Let Me Go at the beginning of world war 3. It's confused stylistically but does have at least 3 quite powerful scenes. It feels very detached from reality and while in it's world some of the events do appear terrible, to someone who actually lived through war the film would be laughable. The love interest as well lacked development..and yes.. what happened to the radiation? 2.5 stars
Loved it. Fuck all of those dystopian YA movies like Hunger Games and Divergent. This is my kind of dystopian YA movie;emotional and intimate;no big action scenes;the war serves as a backdrop for a (very moving) love story. It's also about coming of age (and eventually coming to terms) for a lost and angry 16 yr old girl. The camera is clearly infatuated with Ronan and can you blame it?; she's astonishing.
Wonderful, truly wonderful. Although not entirely faithful to the emotions conveyed in the novel, Kevin Macdonald's adaptation of Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now is a perfect film in my opinion. If you remember growing up with Children's Film Foundation cinema and Threads but were also a fan of Enid Blyton's adventure stories then you must definitely see this. Brutal, disturbing, touching, laugh-out-loud funny and vital
Gosh, there were endless possibilities here. Endless. Even for a Young Adult cheapie. But the script didn't help much ("edddiiieeee") and Saoirse, talented as she is, ghostwalked through the story without much feeling or grip (again, "eeddiiiieee"). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯