Synopsis: A half human/half vampire guardian protects a vampire princess from a variety of threats, both known and unknown.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Gabriel Byrne and Danila Kozlovsky.
Review: One little-known perk of being married is it sometimes forces me to expand outside my movie-watching comfort zone. That was the case with the movie “Vampire Academy,” a film I normally wouldn’t normally even put on my Netflix list but, since my wife (who is a big fan of the books) wanted to see it, I ended up watching it anyway. And, as it turns out, it was actually halfway decent too.
My biggest concern when we started watching this movie is it would be too much like the “Twilight” films. That, however, was not the case. For one, even though the movie was definitely geared toward a younger, female audience, I didn’t necessarily feel like I was watching a chick flick. In other words, the movie didn’t feature half-naked men and the obligatory romance was kept to a minimum and, at times, was actually quite clever and humorous. The fact the main female characters also had the ability to kick some butt (rather than just let the boys do the fighting) also kept it interesting.
Another thing I liked about this film is it didn’t automatically assume I read the book (one of my biggest complaints about the “Twilight” movies). Instead, it took the time to explain the basics in a way that quickly brought me up to speed. I’m sure there were some things left out from the book (there always are). But, I definitely didn’t feel like I was missing something.
I also loved the overall plot, which basically had the main character, Rose (Deutch) protecting the princess (Fry) from an evil group of vampires living outside the academy while, at the same time, trying to figure out who was behind a series of pretty nasty pranks being pulled from within the academy’s walls. I always love good mysteries.
Final Opinion: Mostly because of my experience with the “Twilight” films, I had some serious doubts about this movie. However, watching it turned out to be a pretty decent experience. I would definitely recommend this and probably would watch any sequels.
My Grade: A