Movie Review: “Vampire Academy” – Doesn’t Suck

Written by Caitlin Cooper February 26, 2014

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“Vampire Academy”, directed by Mark Waters, written by Daniel Waters, and starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky, is the latest film that’s following a certain vampire franchise’s success. Based on the book by Richelle Mead, the plot follows Rose Hathaway (Deutch), a Dhampir – half human, half vampire – who is the guardian of Lissa (Fry). Lissa is a Moroi – a full vampire – who must be protected from the rogue vampires known as Strigoi. Underneath all of that, Rose and Lissa are also just two teenage girls who have to put up with high school and all that comes with it.

I know what you’re thinking; the world doesn’t need another vampire movie. Perhaps this particular genre has been exhausted in recent years, but so have werewolf and zombie films. You know what? I don’t care about the influx of vampire-themed movies. “Vampire Academy” is a welcome addition to the popular culture of monsters. The mythology is very unique and there’s a plot twist that is actually quite surprising. While this film doesn’t have a perfect screenplay, any issues – like plot holes or awkward dialogue – can easily be overlooked in the face of an otherwise truly entertaining movie.

“God, I hate high school.”

First and foremost a comedy, “Vampire Academy” isn’t afraid to make fun of its own genre repeatedly. While it could’ve come off as lame, the humour really works. It poked fun at films like “Twilight” which earned chuckles from the audience. Aside from it being self-deprecating, it also just has really witty dialogue. Most of the funny lines are delivered by Rose; she cannot help but say everything she thinks. As a protagonist, she’s as cool as they come. She’s brave, badass, funny, and a good friend.

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Aside from the comedic aspects, this film also has a lot of action scenes. Rose – and other Dhampirs – trains to protect a Moroi they’ve been paired with. Rose is quite the fighter, and she doesn’t hold back during training sessions. Also, when defending herself or Lissa, she’s aggressive and quick. Dimitri (Kozlovsky), a fellow Dhampir, is a pretty good fighter too. Actually, he kicks a lot of the bad guys’ asses.

“Don’t worry, I don’t bite. Only literally.”

Also, there is a romance element. Now, before you sigh, listen to what I have to say. The romance between Rose and Dimitri is not cheesy at all. They respect each other and from that grows affection. It helps that their interactions are entertaining, especially because Rose is constantly trying to beat Dimitri in practice fights. Lissa also has a love interest: Christian (played by Dominic Sherwood). He’s a good guy who cares about Lissa even when she starts letting her high school popularity go to her head.

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Overall, “Vampire Academy” is a fun and engaging film which may appeal to people who enjoy a good mix of different genres. It brings something fresh to the vampire film. So, go ahead and take a bite out of this movie. At the very least, it’ll make you laugh.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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