Since I read the book I Am Number Four few weeks ago, I really wanted to watch the movie as well, but I was kind of delaying it. I haven’t heard many good things about the movie, but I did hear some bad stuff. People who liked the book didn’t like the movie at all and I was afraid of disappointment. It turned out that I have some mixed feelings about this movie. I did enjoy it, a lot, but I kept comparing it to the book the whole time and in that aspect it was a bit disappointing. BUT I did like it and I think it’s a good movie, but since I’m a fan of the book(s), I couldn’t completely love it. I just suck at sepating my mind from the book when I watch the movie.
After I finished the first book, I wanted to watch the movie, but I decided not to watch it until I finish the second book as well. It turned out to be a very good decision. Why? Because there were a lot of spoilers for the second book in this movie and it would totally ruin the reading experience for me if I’ve watched this movie before. Yes, that did annoy me, but I can’t say I was surprised by it. Movie directors often do that if they make book to movie adaptation that is a series. I don’t know why, but they just do.
Now to the good stuff. First, I loved the cast. Alex Pettyfer was amazing John. Okay, I imagined John exactly like Alex but that was because I had a movie cover on my copy of the book. Still, I think he did an awesome job (and he’s super hot as well!). Dianna Agron as Sarah. I don’t know. I mean, she did pretty good job, that’s for sure, but I just hate Sarah as a character so that is probably why I didn’t like Dianna as well. Still, she was good Sarah. Callan McAuliffe was perfect Sam. I love Sam and I really liked him in the movie as well. The only thing I was disappointed about was that he didn’t have glasses. These glasses Sam wore in the book were important! But everything else was good. Also, Callan was not how I imagined Sam (I imagined it pretty much like Robert Sheehan in The Mortal Instruments), but he totally changed my view on that. Six. She was so badass and Teresa Palmer did a fantastic job there. I was so pleasantly surprised. Yeah, Six should’ve have raven hair, but I realized that didn’t bother me at all since she was totally amazing anyway. I liked Henri as well, not how I imagined him, but still awesome.
I have to mention awesome special effects throughout the whole movie. It was a bit too much at times, but all in all I liked it. My favourite scene was probably Six’ entering scene when she was walking out of exploding house and Rolling in the Deep was playing in the background. So awesome! Also, the rest of Six’ scenes were fantastic. She’s fantastic. Another thing I liked were Mogadorians. They looked so cool and so not how I imagined them, but much better. I was so pleasantly surprised with how they made them. Also, they were funny! I forgot to mention how much I love the music in this movie. I usually don’t pay attention to music in movies, but here I found it really good and it fits the plot perfectly. Oh, another detail that I loved. Blue truck. I was just amazed that Sam’s (his dad’s) truck was actually blue! Just like in the book! I know, it’s really irrelevant, but I found it really cool.
This is the part where I rant about all the things that I didn’t like and stuff why this movie got 7 stars and not 10. First, it was too rushed. A lot of stuff weren’t explained properly (Legacies, Lorien, Mogadorians…) and I think I’d be really confused if I hadn’t read the books first. Legacies were totally messed up and I just didn’t like the way they just put them out there all at once without proper expalanation. It seemed like they can do anything they want and that they have all these superpowers without a special reason. So not good. So not like in the book. Also, the Chest was so different fron how I imagined it. It was too small, that first. Like, there are a lot of stuff in it and it wouldn’t possibly fit in that small box. Also, Bernie Kosar was just out there, not explained at all. He was also portrayed as some kind of a superdog, there only to protect John when needed. Another thing – if I hadn’t read the book, I probably wouldn’t understand why Mogadorians want to kill John and the rest of them, or at least, I wouldn’t understand why that war between them even started, like why did John even come to Earth in the first place. Not enough explanation! As I said, it was too rushed, things were happening too fast and a lot of important scenes were shorten to minimum. Yeah, and what about Mark? He just changed his opinion about John without a reason? I know he didn’t (even though that was overnight thing in the book as well) but here it seemed like exactly that happened. Way too rushed. Also, I hated the romance between John and Sarah in the movie even more than I did in the book. Very insta-love. Even more than in the book, but since this is the movie, I’m kind of able to forgive them that. Henri died to fast and too suddenly, hated that. Also, I found myself thinking of him as a negative character while watching the movie, and he definitely wan’t a negative character in the book. Not at all!
I have a feeling that the thing that bothered me the most in the whole movie (apart from not being exactly like the book, which is always an issue with book to movie adaptations) was the fact that they put some scenes from the second book in the movie, but they odded some important ones from the first book just so they don’t finish the movie on a cliffhanger. That is so irritating! You can’t do that. Just can’t.
I know that now it seems like I hated this movie but it’s not true. I did enjoy it a lot, but I just can’t not mention all these things that bothered me. I’m glad that I watched it, it wasn’t a total disappointment (like Beautiful Creatures), but I did expect more of it, especially because the trailer looked very promising.