Fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy book series have been waiting to flood theaters nationwide as the movie adaption makes its big debut. And now, they don’t have to wait quite as long! The Weinstein Company pushed the U.S. release date of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters up a week to Feb. 7. The change might have something do with the nature of movies released on Valentine’s Day tending to lean towards the rom-com, a category which this flick just doesn’t quite fit.
To outsiders unfamiliar with Mead’s world, Vampire Academy might look like just another film following the trend of teen-fantasy vampire tales that suck the life out of good storytelling everywhere. But to readers of the series, the story is much more involved.
If you’re on the fence about seeing the movie in theaters, the first thing to consider is Vampire Academy‘s heroine, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch). Along the lines of Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior, Rose is the kind of girl who doesn’t need a love story, although the one she finds is definitely welcomed. This daphmir doesn’t even know the meaning of “damsel in distress” and instead relies on her own skills, smarts and power to save the day. But Rose is also human, both in the metaphorical and physical sense, who makes mistakes and enemies and drives you a little bit insane.
And who better to bring this strong girl to life than director Mark Waters of Mean Girls fame, and his brother Daniel (Heathers), who wrote the screenplay. Both Waters men understand teen comedy, sass and high school, which is a dimension to Vampire Academy that is well-demonstrated in the previously released trailers. Rose and Lissa (Lucy Fry) are, after all, teen girls in high school, despite the supernatural world they come from. Waters is capable of combining action and comedy into the perfect blend of movie-time fun. With these two at the helm, it’s bound to be awkwardly-hilarious.
And speaking of the people who will be bringing the movie to life, Deutch, Fry and the other cast members including Dominic Sherwood and Danila Kozlovsky, are all fresh-faced when it comes to fandom madness. Their names weren’t immediately recognizable, and that gives them a chance to really sink their teeth (pun totally intended) into the roles before fans everywhere could cry foul.
Seriously, look how cute he is.
But finally, if the take-no-prisoners heroine, popular director and fresh-faced cast aren’t enough to convince you to plop down in a theater chair and eat some over-salted popcorn, maybe the action sequences will be. There’s teens flying through the air, plenty of stabbing and some cat fights that really pack a punch.
Vampire Academy is equal parts kick ass and sass, and it looks like the film will keep you entertained for the duration of your theater stay. And if you check out the movie’s official Tumblr, it’s obvious that the people involved aren’t afraid to poke a bit of fun at themselves. So give this vampire flick a chance, and it just might surprise you.