Movie Review: Blood and Chocolate.

1 02 2007


Starring: Hugh Dancy, Agnes Bruckner, Olivier Martinez.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B+

Ten years ago, in the remote mountains of Colorado, a young girl watched helplessly as her family was murdered by a pack of angry men for the secret they carried in their blood. She survived by running into the woods, and changing into something the hunters could never find–a wolf. Now, though she lives half a world away, Vivian Gandillon is still running. Living in relative safety in Bucharest, Vivian spends her days working at a chocolate shop and nights trawling the city’s underground clubs, fending off the reckless antics of her cousin Rafe and his gang of delinquents he calls “The Five.” Aiden Galvin is an artist researching Bucharest’s ancient art and relics for his next graphic novel based on the mythology of the loup garoux–shapeshifters whose power to change effortlessly into the forms of both human and wolf was once considered holy among men. Wrestling demons of his own, Aiden hopes to explore the inner lives of these outsiders that he believes were persecuted to extinction–labeled monsters, murderers, werewolves. What he doesn’t know is that the loup garoux are not only very real, they’re far from extinct. During a chance encounter in an abandoned church celebrating the loup garoux, Aiden unknowingly comes face-to-face with the real thing, Vivian. Others may have secrets but none as extraordinary as hers, for Vivian is among the last of her kind, leading a tenuous existence under the protection and control of Gabriel, the powerful and enigmatic leader of one of the last packs of loup garoux on earth. After their brief exchange in the church, Aiden can’t get Vivian out of his mind, nor can she forget him. He pursues her until she relents and begins to see him, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth–and lives in fear of showing him what she really is. And what’s worse: her future, and who she falls in love with, is already predetermined. To keep their kind from being hunted to extinction, Gabriel holds them to strict laws. One is that he must take a new bride every seven years, and Vivian has been prophesied to be his next.

So, last night I went to see the movie, Blood and Chocolate with my friend from work and holy wow it was so good, for us Katagaria lovers, anyway. I truly enjoyed the whole movie, it left me guessing up until the very end and holy goodness, Hugh Dancy was so cute and nerdy and just uber yummy in the movie. I loved that he had an American accent, you can hear some of his British accent slip through the cracks a few times but I didn’t care, I love love LOVED HIM! I loved the movie so much that I went to the bookstore after the movie got out and searched high and low for the book and it took me a while too…ask Holly. But I found it, I purchased it and it is sitting on my bookshelf of honor, waiting to be read. Right now, there’s just too many hot damn books for me to read and I’m in the middle of reading one but you can bet your bottom dollar that Blood and Chocolate will be read by me sometime this year.

Anyway, the movie was about Vivian, who is a woman werewolf, part of the loup garoux, which is what they called the pack of wolves she called family. So, because Vivian is part of this pack, she is sworn to secrecy…if word ever got out about them, they would be hunted by the humans and slaughtered for they are outnumbered so it is of the utmost importance that word of their group never be talked about.

Every 7 years, the leader of the pack chooses a new wife and the end of the 7 years is coming up and everyone in the pack knows that Vivian is going to be Gabriel’s (the leader) new wife. But Vivian wants no part of it, she is more human than she is wolf but the animal in her is what she fears the most.

Enter Aiden Galvin.

He’s an artist who is researching his latest graphic novel, which he wants to write on her people…she didn’t want to fall in love with him, but she couldn’t help herself anymore than he could. They were so cute together and when her worlds starts crashing down around her and her pack goes after the one true love of her life, she has to make a decision….her heritage or her love…

Oh goodness, this movie was the bomb dot com…I enjoyed every juicy tid bit of it and I know you guys will too, so go and see it. And get your Katagaria on. haha.

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