Let's talk The 5th Wave movie!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Today was the day! The 5th Wave movie has finally come out and I was eagerly anticipating it. The 5th Wave is one of my all time favorite books, and from what I saw of the trailers, I had medium expectations. I always try and aim my expectations pretty low with book-to-movie/tv show adaptations, for many, many reasons. But I was pretty impressed with the trailers, so I raised mine up a little.

Overall, I'd give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars! I don't pay too much attention to how close they follow the plotline of the book. As long as it can hold it's own as a movie, it doesn't bother me. Even still, they followed the book pretty closely, which is always a plus (directors and producers of Allegiant, PLEASE TAKE NOTE). I'm not a huge fan of Chloe Grace Moretz, but can grudgingly admit she's a pretty good actor and played Cassie well enough. Movie Cassie definitely lacked the sass book Cassie had, which is kind of sad, since she's so ferocious and kick-ass.
Alex Roe SLAYED it as Evan Walker. Honestly, the man could have had the cheesiest lines in the history of cheesy lines and I wouldn't have even noticed or cared. I'd be too busy dreamily staring into his eyes or rewinding to the part with him in the lake washing off *heart eyes*. But he nailed Evan's quiet yet dangerous demeanor, and for that I am eternally grateful. Also, seriously.


Squad 53 was so cute and had great chemistry. Maika Monroe was a solid Ringer, though her acting could have been a wee bit better. Nick Robinson, who plays Zombie, was also really well done, though I wish they added more depth to his character. In the book he goes through an insane transformation, and we really don't see much of that in the movie.
I though the CGI effects, action sequences, and overall vibe of the movie was pretty spot-on! One thing that was a shame was Vosch. We had the perfect actor: Liev Schreiber. Yet he was so blah. In the book, he's almost a God to everyone in the camp, especially to Zombie. He's the sole reason Zombie transforms the way he does, with magnificent speeches and icey blue eyes and an overall tough exterior. They nailed the tough exterior part, but nothing else. The writers should have taken some lines from the one speech where he talks about being Michelangelo. Or something like that. You guys remember what I'm talking about, right?
Overall, this was really well done! I really hope this makes enough money to warrant the next installment, even though I have major mixed feelings on it. Mostly I just want to see more Evan and Cassie scenes and Ringer being a badass bitch.

What did you think of The 5th Wave as a movie? Were you as captivated by Alex Roe as I was? Because 10/10 I would most likely kill someone for a piece of that. *smiles nervously*


  1. I wasn't planning on watching this movie. I saw one trailer and I wasn't really impressed, but after reading your review I think I will give this a chance. I loved the book, so I'm gonna have low expectation for the movie, because I'm often disappointed with the adaptations of books I love.

    Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

    1. Yes, I definitely recommend checking it out! Even if only to support it so the next installment can be created :) I think you'll like it!