Saturday, January 14, 2017

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier - Movie Adaptation

emerald green, smaragdgrun, movie adaptation, kerstin gier, time travel, fantasy, magic, romance
4 out of 5 stars
Hello! I just got the chance to watch the last movie from the Ruby Red/ Precious Stone Trilogy franchise. Smaragdgrün (Emerald Green) is the last book/movie.
I read the books two or three years ago. I absolutely loved them. (I will leave a link to the Goodreads page of the first book for more details after my review.)
I've seen the previous two movies too - Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. And I loved them also.
The people working on the movie adaptation did a great job to stay true to the books while adding their own twists to the story.
Although... When it came to the third movie... Things got complicated. The storyline followed the one from the book but with some major changes. Some of them were good because I would have liked to see them in the book too. While... Some of them... Eh... Let's just say they created more confusion. It had great visual effects.
The movie is worth watching. I liked it.
As a warning, think twice if you want to watch it. You might be over frustrated if you like movies to strictly follow the book storyline.
Oh! This whole thing is about time travel. :D
There are two families carrying this time travel gene: Montrose and de Villiers family lines.
Time travelers come in pairs (at least in out time). There is a secret order which takes care of the time travelers.
Gwen Shepherd and Gideon de Villiers are the last pair of time travelers.
The order is keeping secrets from them. Gwen and Gideon have to obey the order, no questions asked. The only problem is that, until recently, Gwen did not know she is the gene carrier. She was not raised by the order like Gideon. She does not trust the order and the order does not trust her.
This is the end of my non-spoiler section.
If you have not watched it yet, you should stop reading.
Watch the movie.
 Come back later and then we discuss it together.
Sooo... What just happened? After I finished watching it, I was confused asking myself, "What just happened?"
First half of the movie was fine. Everything was by the book. And then, BAM! Complete confusion. Time-travel-paradox-complete confusion.
Important family-background characters are missing with no explanation. There were some scenes where I was expected them to appear. For example, Gwen's mom when people from the order came to brutally search for the second Chronograph.
They never complete the circle of blood for both Chronographs. 
One Chronograph is destroyed after it gives that florescent green liquid - the equivalent of the philosopher's stone. After that, the remaining Chronograph is completely forgotten. What? They have the chance to get two elixirs.
The fact that Gideon can become immortal and live forever with Gwen is never explored. I mean, the count can become immortal but Gideon can't. What? But, Gwen can give up immortality by drinking the elixir.
The second half of the movie got confusing at the end. Gideon dies. The count becomes immortal. Gwen hides from the order - since the count has taken control of the order - and she finds out she is an immortal and can time travel at will with no Chronograph. 
Then she is determined to save Gideon so she makes a plan of action. This part was cool. Up to this point, the movie is great. She learns to fight and time travel when and where she wants without the Chronograph.
She goes back in time to save Gideon from dying. He still dies but he is resurrected by the green elixir. In this scene, Gwen fought like a pro. I was so excited while watching. The count is defeated. He never becomes immortal thus he disintegrates. One Chronograph is destroyed. The other...?(question mark). Because Gideon does not ingest the elixir is only resurrected but does not become immortal. The past-present-dead Gwen disappears while the future-present-alive Gwen stays. This is the point when things got messy. They (Gwen and Gideon) return to the same point in the present time as before (the moment when Charlotte, Raphael and Mr. Bernard find that Gideon is dead for good unlike Gwen). So... no special training session happened in a sense. The future Gwen became the present Gwen. So basically dead-Gwen never existed/returned from the past? But she had to because she needed to discover her abilities, train and prevent Gideon from dying.
See where I am going with this? Quite confusing.
Let's not forget about the count's own time line. Since he did not become immortal, all the things he did for the order should not have happened. He never existed. Things should have changed. People should not be able to remember him at all in the present. But nooo... These things did not count.
The movie did not do a good job resolving the story. It made it messier. It confused me. It created a paradox.
Also, there were some characters who deserved more screen time (e.g. Gideon, Lesley). Although, I loved that I got to see more of Charlotte and how se redeemed herself. She was an excellent ally. I do not remember if she was the same in the book thou. (I will check it out.)
End of Spoilers
Overall, it was great to watch - with few exceptions. As a separate story the movie was great. I wished it kept the book order of events. The book did a better job wrapping up the story with less confusion.
Let me know what are your thoughts!
And if you are interested in the story and you did not read the books, here is the Goodreads link for the first book Ruby Red.
This is my sole opinion.^_^
Movie Trailer

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