The Moth Diaries Reviews
Genuinely creepy and suspenseful boarding school story with a cast that can actually act.
The one flaw was the rushed ending, it felt too quick and easy, and at just 78 minutes, the movie was hardly out wearing it's welcome and could have stood a little more fleshing out.
Enjoyed this, though.
Rebecca is at a boarding school with dress codes, early morning meetings, prayers, and the like. Her friend Charlie gets kicked out for breaking a window, for instance; students get detention for being late for morning meetings.
Rebecca and Lucy were best friends until Ernessa came along. Rebecca suspects that Ernessa is a vampire, but no one want to hear anything negative about Ernessa. Rebecca's attempts to straighten this out only backfire as Lucy gets sick, then weaker, then dead. Her attempt to confide in Mr. Davies results in his hitting on her; later, he reports her 'troubled' behaviour to Mrs. Rood to get ahead of any child molestation charges, one guesses.
Rebecca's own problems (her poet father committed suicide) are brought up frequently. The school is concerned for her. Some of her daydreams are ridiculous.
Will Rebecca stay in school? Will she expose Ernessa? Is the school complicit in Ernessa's actions?
Cinematography: 8/10 A bit dark and fuzzy in some passages, but mostly fine.
Sound: 10/10 No problems.
Acting: 4/10 This film might appeal to teen girls; others, perhaps not so much. The adults are all imperious or criminal. Most of the teens are portrayed as short sighted. Sarah Bolger portrays a deeply flawed individual, but is not all that believable.
Screenplay: 5/10 The story was short on ideas, and the few it had were not executed all that well. Rebecca gets to do all sorts of things at the school with no detection, no reprimands, or even discussion. It seems like she would have been expelled for any number of her actions.
Unfortunately, the good things stop there. While I liked the imagery and the direction, everything falls flat in the first 20 minutes. I don't want to say I forced myself to watch The Moth Diaries but I can't say that I wanted to watch it either. Definitely not worth the watch.