First and foremost (let’s just get this out of the way) Vampire Academy is not Twilight. They actually have very little in common. Vampires? Sure, but thanks to the marvels of the English language, one word can share several meanings. Don’t count this movie out just because of the title.
As you probably know since you clicked on this article, Vampire Academy follows the story of Rose Hathaway, played by Zoey Deutch, a Dhampir (half human, half vampire) who lives to protect the Moroi (the good vampires) from the Strigoi (the bad vampires). Specifically, Rose guards her best friend, Vasilisa Dragomir, princess and last of her bloodline.
Warning, I am a huge fan of the books series (if you haven’t read them, treat yourself and read them!). Surprisingly enough, after seeing the movie, I am still a happy book fan and was glad to see the movie stayed relatively faithful to the books. The characters kept their personalities, I recognized the plot, and the overall tone was well-matched to the book. Hats off to director Mark Waters.
Vampire Academy drops you into a sexy, witty world where the characters already know what is going on. You don’t spend the first half of the moving waiting for your protagonist to discover what you already know. While it has some cheesy moments, which it embraces in the best possible ways, the actors do a brilliant job of breathing life into these well loved characters. Fast paced and well put together, the movie never lags around without sacrificing character development.
Oh yeah and Vampire Academy is a love story—about two girls. They have love interests but the relationship that moves the plot is between Rose and Vasilisa “Lissa.” There is plenty of romance, but without those terrible “getting to know you” scenes that eat up half the movie.
It does not have the best production, CGI, or other things critics believe movies must have to be “credible” or “worth watching.” However, if you enjoy a fun movie filled with love, betrayal, danger, and a sassy, strong female protagonist, then go and see Vampire Academy. It wasn’t perfect, but I enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.