I just watched this movie and I feel a little gushy about it. I enjoyed it that much. I usually read the books before seeing the movie adaptations but I had an opportunity to see it, and thought why not! I am so happy I did because I just know now that the novel by Rick Yancey will be fantastic! Often film adaptations fall short but rarely is the opposite true. It is taking a ton of will power not to rush to Chapters to pick up The 5th Wave and the second novel in the series, The Infinite Sea.
Firstly, Chloë Grace Moretz was sublime! I loved her in Kick Ass and she is proving to be a very talented actress. She possesses just the right amount of grit and tenderness to play the loving Cassie Sullivan, a normal teen turned survivor. Her character is realistic and relatable. She is smart and resourceful but not an overnight bad ass. She learns and adapts when she has to. All too often we are shown average Joe’s turn into Navy Seals. Chloë Grace gets it just right.
Everyone one else is fantastic as well, including seasoned pros Liev Shrieber and Maria Bello who play Army heros that ride in to save the day. Ben Parish, played by Nick Robinson is Cassie’s high school crush and while he unknowingly helps the enemy eradicate the human race, he also takes Cassie’s little brother under his wing and tries to protect him just as Cassie is risking life and limb trying to find him.
It is very difficult to gush properly without giving away spoilers so I am just going to say that this movie definitely raises the bar for YA Fiction turned blockbuster and if the next one is just as fun and entertaining, we may be able to forget what a disaster The Divergent Series turned out to be.
I give the movie an honorable B+ and will also add that I am now a Chloë Grace Moretz fan and respect her even more after hearing that she declined to join the “Taylor Swift Girl Squad.” Looks like in addition to being a beautiful and talented actress, she also has a brain in her head.