Its been a while since I’ve seen an original monster in a movie. With all the vampire/werewolf clones out there, The
The Host is a great movie, even if it does make Americans look like evil, polluting, cowboy bullies. [Editor’s Note: We’re Not?] The plot is simple, the characters are believable, the monster is incredible.
There were only two things that bothered me about the movie. First, the mix of the sound was strange. At times when there was no dialog or sound effects, the musical score was Obscenely Loud. This happened several times during the film, so I cannot believe it was an accident. The rest of the volume was fine, so it was not an issue with the theater sound system.
Also, the sense of humor felt odd to me. Some things I thought were funny…well, I’m not sure they were *intended* to be funny, if you know what I mean. The other way ’round too, some things I think were meant to be funny, but I didn’t get it. Then again, Humor is probably the most difficult thing to translate between cultures. But these are trivial issues.
Direction (by Bong Joon-ho) and pacing were good, and as I said, the story was uncomplicated. Great use of tension, you don’t just get handed the monster all at once like a Godzilla flick. By the time you really get a good look at the monster, you’re already terrified. In that respect, it does live up to the critic’s claim that The Host is “On a par with Jaws.”
Some people will let the subtitles dissuade them from seeing the movie in the theater. Fine, you cowards, then wait for the DVD. But if you love a good ‘creature feature’, you won’t want to pass this one up.