Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yeah, and I bet he would like it.
Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Maybe.
Sex/Romance: No sex, a slight touch of romance but no kissing or anything even.
Violence/Gore: Violence, yes. Gore, not really. A little blood but nothing much beyond that.
Music: I really enjoyed the music, and was surprised to see the composer's name: Tom Holkenborg. I was surprised because I didn't recognize the name. Tom Holkenborg is a new one for me, and I am excited to hear more from him! He did a really great job with this soundtrack, and I will probably be buying some of it soon!
Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterwards? : I didn't feel a huge need, and also it wasn't dark ('cause ~**Summer**~), but I sat for a while through the credits until the music shifted.
Was there a food pairing? : Yes, organic mac n cheese (Annie's shells and real cheddar) and a can of Italian cut green beans. Both very tasty, but I filled up fast. Topped it off with several twizzlers.
Thoughts: Well the movie had no problem keeping me engaged! I thought maybe it would be predictable because I had read the book. Ha! The movie was almost a completely different story! Almost everything plot-wise was wildly different from the book except for a few key plot points that coincided with the original narrative. Also, I'm really pissed about the character adaptations. If I hadn't read the book...they look great and awesome and I wouldn't think a thing of it, but I did read the book. It really makes me upset that Hollywood never has age-accurate casting. I feel like in so radically changing the characters' ages, they took away some of the significance of what they did. Still important, but not as heavily weighted, because they are older and more mature. For younger children, it has lost the importance. (<<<<<<SPOILER>>>>>>>> Katherine renouncing and working against her father isn't nearly so dramatic and important if she is in her late teens or early 20s as it is if she is still a young girl! <<<<<<<<END OF SPOILER>>>>>>>) And HEAVEN FORBID they actually give a character the deformities they are written with! Do they have to "prettify" every main character?!?!! Hester's face was a major part of her character and plot line. And they softened it up to make her closer to the societal standard of pretty so the audience would like her better. Heaven forbid you show a person becoming comfortable with who they are no matter what they look like. (<<<<<<<SEMI SPOILER>>>>>>>Heaven forbid you show a young boy falling for a young woman and realizing that what she looks like doesn't really matter. <<<<<<<END OF SEMI SPOILER>>>>>>>) Heaven forbid a female protagonist have any real deformities or anything that might possibly make her "unattractive" to the audience!
Screw you, Hollywood.
Ok. Rant over. If I look at the movie without the book in mind, it was awesome! What an epic film! Great music, amazing battles, and WOW do I want to grow up to be Anna Fang! When her character first showed up, I whispered, "GOSH I wanna be that badass!" The bit of romance seemed a bit rushed/forced, but eh. Otherwise, great story, good tension, fantastic music, epic battles, beautiful costumes and set design, bass rumbles that shook the house...it was a fantastic watch.
Was this a good use of a night with the house to myself? : Accidentally, yes. (I forgot my parents were leaving for the night and had planned on watching it with them. Oh well.) As soon as my parents left I cranked the sound up so loud. It was epic.
In the End: 4 out of 5 stars for the movie by itself and unconnected to the book. (If I based it on book accuracy...well I won't.)