The best you can say that is everyone looks sexy and the photography, by James Liston, is outstanding. At one point I thought, when he runs into a room, isn't the dad supposed to be drugged, then realised no his character has sort of been like that for a while now. I wasn't sure what the deal with her in the rocking chair in the dead Audrina's room was about, was it supposed to simulate the father sleeping with her with the back and forth creaking noises of the chair paralleling a squeaky bed from that era? I found the first part of this movie to be confusing and creepy at the same time. I loved seeing the translation from book to screen just because I'm the type of person who thoroughly enjoys that kind of thing. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and only John knows it.
Modestly costumed, but in sultry make-up, Ms. » When she was nine-years-old, something awful happened to Audrina. I thought the casting of Audrina was perfect. They looked so old, high school or college aged. But the acting by Eisley is so good that, that doesn't matter so much.
Perhaps the book explained this, but the movie doesn't. And lovers of Andrews will enjoy seeing the story translate from page to screen, even with the changes made. I enjoyed watching this movie, I really did. There are a lot of deviations from the novel, a lot of small changes here and there to make the story fit the time allowed that are a bit frustrating for lovers of the Andrews novel, but I thought it was worth checking out and adding to my collection. Audrina's mother had very little screen time, so that relationship, which provided insight to her role in the big secret relating to Audrina, didn't make much sense.
As she begins to question her past and her disturbing dreams, the grim truth is slowly revealed. You don't see much sex, by the way, since this movie is geared toward foreplay and fantasy. I liked the actor and liked his take, but he just didn't match the man I had created in my head----an impossible task, I know. India Eisley does a brilliant job, but really 12 to 20 something, they couldn't have cast at least one other person? Once there, they write the shared history of their roots, creating a huge family tree that harbours relationships of love, heartbreak, sex, madness, jealousy and infidelity, and under which also lies a history laden with secrets. The emphasis is clearly on sex fantasies. He also makes her do things that the dead Audrina used to do and won't let her do what she wants. The violent incident triggering the drama, and its repercussions, are lost in the mix.
There is little attempt to build a mystery or piece them together. Do you know what you're saying? The parents have another Audrina and try to protect her from the same awfulness by secluding her in the family mansion. However, the situations do become clear, by the end of the story. The acting by the rest of the cast or perhaps it's the writing they are working from with their script, isn't the best though. This Arden also noteably did try to save Audrina from her attackers in the woods, but they held him down, preventing him from helping her. She also can ride a bike, which you'd think she would never have been taught and suddenly she can drive cars at one point too. I mention that as I get the feeling they've probably done the same with this one.
She is also relentlessly bullied by the maid's daughter who can go to town and school and lives in the house too. If it was a deliberate choice, it was a jarring one. They definitely hit the nail on the head with that one. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. This decision made it more believable that Arden couldn't physically help her since those men were so much bigger and stronger. The movie has Audrina growing up, but although the other characters get new actors, apart from when she was really young, Audrina is played by the same one, which just seems weird.
Billie, Arden's mom, wasn't here either. And I know what I'm saying, yes. Sylvia didn't exist, so that plot wasn't here, leaving me to believe that Lifetime probably won't touch Whitefern since Sylvia is a crucial character in the sequel. Why would she own a swimsuit if she's never allowed to leave the house or do risky things like go near water? Pure and sweet and kind in a way that is very rare. The original rape scene was difficult enough, but something about having Vera, still a child, arrange an attack on her younger half-sister with high school aged boys made my stomach turn. Finally, although he supposedly only knows her as the village freak, muscular blond William Moseley as Arden Lowe has fallen madly in love with Eisley. .
My Sweet Audrina is quite predictable once it gets going and you understand what you are watching. Eisley's only friend is sisterly sexpot Tess Atkins as Vera. The casting of Audrina's father was missing something. However, when a sexy piano teacher offers lessons, brooding papa James Tupper as Damian Adare lets the alluring young India Eisley as Audrina share the handsome man's piano seat. Where as Audrina is never allowed to leave the house, even to walk in the adjacent woods, she can't go to school, go to town, make any friends or have any sort of normal childhood. Three and a half stars.
By the end you do know what was going on in those earlier parts, but possibly viewers will have turned it off before getting there. The performances are all highly sexualized. We are shown, not guided or told. Also, she is forbidden to associate with the surrounding community. I felt like this Damian didn't have many redeeming qualities that made you like him or at the very least pity him.
In fact the whole movie jumps suddenly ahead in time with big jumps and the occasional flashback to the past thrown in. The part that surprised me the most was the age of the men that raped Audrina. This is because the first Audrina is dead, and daddy doesn't want anything happening to this one. Quotes : You should date normal girls. The only actor I recognised was the father, played by the guy who played Emily's father in Revenge James Tupper.