I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
The Moth Diaries
Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?
The Moth Diaries left me both confused and very annoyed. I know that it is easy to get angry when you don't understand something and have tons of unanswered questions, and I'm going to try my best to not fall victim to my own nastiness and negativity.
What was the deal with the moths? Did I miss something? If you can, PLEASE explain (or at least give me your theories). I wish this was explored more, we see a couple scenes with moths but it doesn't really amount to anything? Was I trying to read too much into the title and the fact that the actress playing Ernessa (Lily Cole) looks like an insect? Was she a moth? A vampire?…
Too languid for its own good, "The Moth Diaries" is a vampire film without any bite. The direction is even-handed and slightly fetishistic, and there are some impressive nods to vampire fiction of the past. The overall experience, however, is a dull one.
Decent cinematography is not enough to save such a BORING movie. I really have nothing more to say about this except : lesbians, mysterious vampire / ghost thing? and yes, some moths.
Believe me, there is nothing here that you haven't seen before.
Amazing performances from both Sarah Bolger and my own personal favourite, Lily Cole.
The Moth Diaries is not at all what I expected, and I think the summery of the film can be a bit misleading. Or maybe bi-curious movie descriptions make me think of something completely different.. more IN YOUR FACE graphic, like Black Swan, and I'm tempted to say: "lucky it wasn't". The film is creepy rather than scary, and it just works so well with everything. I really enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend it. Even if the ending is a bit of a let-down.
Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language.
Just. Plain. Good.
Modern day "horror" tale set in a girls' boarding school.
25-year old actresses dressed in plaid skirts - check
ominous sounds at night - check
dubious hints about bodily changes at full moon - check
unconventional appearance of blood - check
books talked about in English class strangely reflecting (perceived) reality - check
pictures of protagonists mysteriously appearing in vintage photos - check
I actually wished there would be a surprising final twist...
PS: weird smells play an important role, but until odor-o-vision is invented, it is strangely futile to use it in movies.
So. Much. Angst. Which is pretty much what one should expect when you start talking about a gothic coming of age story with horror elements set at an all girls prep school. The film is puposefully oblique in its ending leaving the audience to come to their own conclusion. My conclusion? Good looking movie, decent acting, random Scott Speedman, slightly undercooked.
big disappointment from this director
The Moth Diaries doesn't really have a particularly good plot. There's a good deal of things that happen in this film that make no sense. For instance, given that Ernessa is shown later in the film to go into her room at night and pretend to sleep, why is the room so dusty and full of moths when Rebecca looks into it? And even aside from the plot holes, it definitely isn't anything new; it's pretty pedestrian, in fact.
However, what really makes the film worth watching are the characters. Pretty much everybody really feels like actual teenagers, and talk in a relatively realistic fashion. There isn't any of the typical whining or cattiness that you commonly get when horror…
The ambiguity over whether the main character is really faced with a vampiric threat or is just imagining things helps to keep this low-key psychological thriller interesting. Read full review.
Despite the film’s YA source material, "The Moth Diaries" lands squarely in the realm of the R-rating, which may explain why it had such an abbreviated theatrical run: it’s difficult to market a film to teenagers that they technically can’t get into without their parents. Unfortunately, the strangest (and most interesting) parts of the film happen much too late, and the viewer will probably spend most of its running time wondering how such compelling source material could have ended up as such a dramatically inert film.
Full review here:
This is really bad. But it's got that strange quality that keeps me watching in the hope that it gets better. It doesn't. Also Sarah Bolger looks kind of like a morph of Sarah Gadon and Lily Cole. I guess that's vaguely interesting.
A teen still grieving over her father's suicide begins a new semester at an all girl boarding school. When a new student is admitted to the school and strange things start to happen, she suspects that the new girl might be a vampire. A well made good looking atmospheric film that is let down by a weak ending.
Reviewed over at Before the Dawn: beforethedawn.ca/e/episode-130-the-moth-diaries-discussion/
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