BY LAUREN NISBET
If Twi-hards can come out of mourning long enough to see The Host, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed. No, Robert Pattison will not appear with meant-to-be-cute-but-in-reality-strange-and-awkward lines about spider-monkeys, and no, you won’t see Kristen Stewart’s token grimace flash across the screen. Taylor Lautner’s naked torso won’t be making an appearance either (most unfortunate of all). But if you can get past all of that, you might find that the void left in your life when the credits rolled at Breaking Dawn Part 2 can be momentarily filled by the adventures of young Melanie Stryder.
True to Stephenie Meyer’s signature style, The Host delivers a love triangle with a twist, filled with passionate embraces, love that conquers all, and enough lingering looks and amorous tension to adequately arouse an entire audience of sexually-frustrated teenagers. What more could you ask for, really.
The key to enjoying this movie is to reign in your expectations. While the plot does focus on an alien invasion, this movie should in no way be mistaken for science fiction, or even action for that matter. The main events of the story take place after the invasion, in a peaceful time during which a group called Seekers are attempting to round up the last of the human resistance, who have gone into hiding. Chase scenes and explosions are at a minimum, so cross those off your list.
The second thing you need to understand is that, while the movie is primarily a romance and does involve many steamy make-out sessions, some light spooning is pretty much as far as it goes. Kids these days might be exposed to a lot of sex in TV, movies and music, but in this case The Host lives up to its PG-13 rating.
Finally, movie-goers should recognize that this film falls under the “turn-off-your-brain” category of popular culture. Over-thinking this plot will effectively ruin your viewing experience. The dialogue may be corny, the close-calls may be too convenient, and a few of the explanations may lack that thing we call logical sense, but for entertainment purposes it gets the job done.
If you’re a Twilight fan, if you’re just hitting puberty, or if you’re in the mood to watch the girl from The Lovely Bones run around in the desert and make out with two really hot actors you’ve probably never heard of, The Host might just be the movie for you.
A media studies grad and pop culture junkie currently navigating the strange and mysterious world of corporate communications, Lauren spends most of her time buried under an ever-growing pile of TBR novels. Based in Toronto, she can be found at the local theatre every Tuesday for cheap movie night. Follow her on Twitter @laurenxnisbet