Release Date: On VOD now; In Theaters 4/20.
Written by: Rachel Klein (Novel.)
Directed by: Mary Harron.
Starring: Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, and Scott Speedman.
When I first heard of this movie, I thought to myself, "It's probably about some killer moths." That confused me though, because how do killer moths keep a diary? Then I saw the poster and was like "Maybe the moths are like a metaphor for a schoolgirl's pending sexuality." Again I was confused, because is the movie about a sex diary?
I was just confused.
|Apparently, she's confused too.|
The Moth Diaries is the story of Rebecca, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl who has some intense feelings of "friendship" for her roommate, sixteen-year-old Lucie. When a creepy, walking tree named Ernessa arrives at school, Rebecca becomes all kinds of jealous that Lucie is all about the new girl, and not her anymore. She decides to keep a diary about it. Oddly enough, the diary kinda doesn't have anything to do with the movie, unless the whole movie is the diary, then who cares.
|"Let's pretend we're moths, and scissor kiss."|
Rebecca is just sure there's something odd about this lanky new girl who looks like a goth version of ET, but she cant prove it. Of course we come to find that Ernessa is a vampire -who isn't a vampire these days- and she's trying to steal Lucie's soul or something (by having sex with her?) No one believes her, and everyone thinks shes paranoid. Not even her creeper teacher is on her side, and he really spends a lot of the movie trying to smooth up in her.
|"I wanna put my poetry in you..."|
What we have here is another movie about angst ridden teenagers who act shitty to one another and mope around because they aren't the center of someones attention. I don't know if the novel that the movie is based on was any good or not, but the movie just ends up being kind of pointless. It's well made, pretty to look at, and the actors do a decent job, but unless you're 12 and the biggest issue in your life is being possessive and or obsessive about someone, this movie doesn't really ever go anywhere.
|This picture is a good analogy for the whole movie.|
The movie was heavy with lesbian undertones too. Granted, there's a lesbo sex scene in the movie, but the main character never goes full out gay for her friend, just spends a ton of time gazing longingly at her, and really, really, "valuing their friendship." Mary Harron could have laid that issue out in the open and done something with it; at least then the movie would have felt like it had a purpose. This is the woman who gave us American Psycho for crying out loud... she knows how to translate books to film!
|The lesbian choke-out scene?|
I guess too much just didn't make sense here; Ernessa spends the whole movie urging Rebecca to kill herself, but why? If you're a vampire, why not just kill her yourself? You killed just about everyone else around you... and for that matter, what was all of the alluding about the two of them being so similar? If she's a vampire, she's a very different kind of bloodsucker. It was more like she was a vengeful ghost, if anything at all... It felt as if a lot of the story was missing.
|There will be rain! And blood. And confusion.|
FINAL THOUGHTS- As creepy as it may seem to most normal folk, this movie was a schoolgirl lover's dream. Then again we're horror fans, and we're creepy to begin with, right? Now that all of that's been established, here are the Schoolgirls of The Moth Diaries. The main three, anyway.