When I first heard that filming has begun for I Am Number Four, I was a little bit skeptical. After all, look at what happened to one of my favorite books/series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It was (and still is) a great book but what they did to the movie was beyond hateful. They completely ruined the story and made stupid mistakes with the casting. I mean, come on. Where have you seen a black guy as a Satyr? Seriously?
Film adaptations of books are more often than not disappointing, especially to fans of the book. But, thankfully, the film adaptation of one of my favorites: Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four, the first book in the Lorien Legacies (or Legacies of Lorien), a six-book series with the second book featuring Number Seven and would be released August 23 of this year.
Anyways, I am really happy with what they did to the movie. Granted, they had to cut a number of scenes and change a couple of chronological order of the events (like an earlier character death than in the book) and changed a couple of scenes (there’s no burning house) but still, the movie delivered.
There’s chemistry in the actors, especially for John (played by Alex Pettyfer) and Sarah (played by Glee’s Dianna Argon). The actors can act (unlike those from the PJatO movie). The story makes sense. The special effects were spectacular. The action and the cinematographic was compelling to watch. The movie’s score was superb and perfect. There was humor in it, but not so much. From beginning to end you would be pulled into the movie and would devour it as the story progresses.
You will definitely crave for the sequel, which they would hopefully turn into a movie as good as this one.
My only qualm about the movie is that they didn’t tell the history of Lorien. For me, this plays an important role to the story. They also did not give John (Number Four) one of his powers–which is the ability to talk to animals. They even forgot to include one power for Jane (Number Six) which is the power to control the elements. Of course, I could enumerate a bunch of things that I wouldn’t have wanted to be taken out of the movie but…well, considering that there’s only 2 hours for the movie, it still ended up pretty good.
Still, even with the changes that they had to make for the movie to fit the 2-hour timeframe, it was still an awesome movie. I’m actually planning on buying the DVD (or the Blu-Ray) of the movie when it comes out. I want to be able to watch it again, and again, and again. Yep, that’s how good the movie is. Even my parents enjoyed it, and believe me, they are hard to please when it comes to movies that are film adaptations of books (my dad in particular).
So, what score do I give the movie? A 5-star! A 10 out of 10! A perfect 100! I suppose that also answers whether or not I would recommend this movie. If it isn’t clear enough, then let me spell it out for you: YOU WOULD REGRET NOT WATCHING THE MOVIE EVEN IF YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK.
God, I can’t wait for the Power of Six to come out. I’m still feeling giddy from watching the movie! Please come soon, August!!