Monster (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes

Genre: Drama

Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright

A talented teen implicated in a robbery-turned-murder fights for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him.

Five Feet Apart Book Review

Goodreads Summary: Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Thoughts: I know that a movie is never better than a book and they ever hardly come close so since I saw the movie before this book I made sure to try and read with no expectations. Even though I knew what was coming the story still had the same impact as if I hadn’t already seen the movie.

I love each of the characters in this book. You get a chance to really get emotionally attached to Will, Stella, and Poe. I love getting to know everyone’s personal story and their lives outside of each other. I liked that we got to even see some of Poes life through Stella’s eyes.

Something else I enjoy in this book was that it switched between two different perspectives. A voice was given to both Stella and Will, and I loved that the voices were distinct. I love that while both characters develop and grow they still are themselves throughout the whole story. The changes they go through dont make them completely new people.

I recommend this to those of you looking for a cute yet sad love story and those of you who enjoy reading YA fiction. If you’ve enjoyed the movie then I’m sure you’ll love this book.

You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

After Book Vs Movie Comparison

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

I haven’t completed reading the whole series yet but I did read the first book and I loved it. I had heard that the movie didn’t live up to the book and was just so wrong but had to see it for myself anyway. Now that I have watched it all the way through I really wished that I hadn’t because even if I want to go back and read the series how do I erase what I just saw from my mind.

First, I think the thing that I couldn’t get over the most was how quickly everything moved. Like I understand that it’s a movie so things can’t take as long as they do in books but the pace really changed everything. I felt that things were very rushed and there was no time to get to know any of the characters. The relationship between Hardin and Tessa felt rushed and the rest of the relationships seemed surface level or not even there. I think the book did a great job of letting us know these characters and making us feel for them but in this movie I didn’t care about what happened to any of them.

Another big thing that I couldn’t just by pass was Hardin’s personality and attitude with everyone not just Tessa. Hardin is an ass-hole in the book, it is the main reason why I like him and find the book so intriguing. Yes I know that the majority of their relationship is abusive and wrong but there’s something about it that makes me read more. The movie takes away so much of that and Hardin just seems like an awkward boy but nothing about him is scary, or harsh. Like at least make it believable that he isn’t just like the other guys Tessa interacts with.

There was so much more but I don’t want to write pages about this and go on for hours. I will probably watch the next movie though because I have to keep seeing how much worst it can get.

If you watched the movie without reading the books let me know your thoughts. Even better, if you read the books and then watched the movie lets talk.

A Dog’s Way Home Book/Movie Comparison

Now there are a few books to movies that I really enjoy and this series of books to movies have to be some of my favorites. As soon as I see that these movies are going to come out I have to watch them. I always plan to see them during their time in the theaters but wind up watching later because I want to read the book first.

As we all know movies go a lot quicker than books do so there are only snippets of longer scenes that happen in books. What I really enjoyed about this movie though is that each person/animal that Bella encounters on her journey home is included in the movie. I found that nothing was really missing in her encounters with animals/people.

The movie really does a good job of still making it about the dog and keeps the narration. I love that the movie doesn’t change that the book was all narrated by a dog because that really adds to how the viewer feels about things. There were so many scenes that I was glad that we got to hear from Bella’s perspective because it makes it so much more enjoyable. Like imagine if you were in the head of your pet?

In the book I thought that the scene that was so impactful was the portion in which Bella is staying with a homeless man. It was such a heartfelt scene in which Bella doesn’t want to leave the man so I wished that the scene was even longer in the movie. I was hoping that the scene between them would last a bit longer so that the viewer could feel that heartbreak.

While there were so many scenes in the movie that I wanted more of I also understand that movies have a limit with time. So while I love the movie and think that if you don’t want to read the book the movie is a great alternative I still advise you to read the book. You get so much more from the book and can feel for Bella and so many of these moments break your heart.