No. This isn´t a review for The Protector, the Turkish Netflix drama series. ( Although I wouldn´t mind giving a review for the hubba hubba-drool worthy Hakan ( played by actor & model Cagatay Ulusoy )
Sorry, people. This is for the book-to-movie-adaptation romance The Protector.
It´s been a minute ( 2016 ) since I first and last read The Protector by author Jodi Ellen Malpas.
For those who aren´t familiar with the author- Jodi Ellen Malpas writes steamy contemporary romances that have the perfect Alpha males who´d cross all lines to be with and protect their significant others. We´re talking romantic drama at its finest.
I will add that many romance readers have a love/hate relationship with JEM´s books. It´s because they´re filled with clichés that are overdramatized. Personally, I enjoy the author´s writing, her storytelling and, yes, even the passionate nutcases she creates.
The Protector is a standalone and also my least favorite Jodi Ellen Malpas book. I just think it´s her weakest work. If I remember correctly, I rated the book with 3 stars.
When it was announced that The Protector would be made into a movie I almost choked on my drink. From all the intense stories the author has published… That´s the one they picked? Excuse MOI?!
After my initial shock, I decided, despite my feelings towards the book, that I would give the movie a go. Why the hell not, right?
Well, it happened. They really turned this novel into a movie.
I didn´t bother asking my husband if he wanted to watch with me because… Weeeell, we´re going separate movie ways for the time being ( he said the Overboard remake was better than the original. An unacceptable statement ).
Back to the movie:
I watched The Protector alone and had to call my mom afterward ( separate movie ways, remember? ).
The first thing I noticed was the soap opera vibes. The corny and unconvincing first moves from the Jake Sharp ( male lead ) and Camille Logan ( female lead ) had me thinking I switched on the wrong movie. Did the book start out the same way as the movie? I mean- Three years is long but not long enough for me to forget the whole story. There weren´t any soap opera vibes from the book.
Then I noticed the terrible acting. Oh. My. God. I´m shooketh by the acting. What in God´s name was that all about? The forceful way the lines were spoken, the way the characters interacted with each other… I wanted to switch the channel due to the awkward 2-second pauses between lines.
Look, I can do a lot but I also have my limits. I was close to mine after 20 minutes into the movie. Still, I had this nagging feeling that things would improve. Every first start is a little bumpy, right? I knew there was more to come from having read the book. I´m always open to surprises.
106 minutes later…
Not even the bottle of wine I held in a death grip was able to help me overcome the cheesiest movie in the history of cheesy movies. What the flipping foo foo was that all about?
The movie was unbalanced. The story managed to slip into the background thanks to the forced emotional intensity. How many intense stares does a viewer need to see in order to figure out a couple has sexual tension going on between them?
AND WHO CARRIES SOMEONE OUT OF A CLUB WHEN THE PERSON IS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF WALKING OUT THEMSELVES?!?! Such a random act of… romance? Kindness? Horniness?
I guess you can say I didn´t like this Passionflix production. Like – At all. From all the book-to-movie-adaptations this was by far the worst I´ve seen. And right now I´m glad none of the other Jodie Ellen Malpas books were chosen to be turned into a movie. God knows what would have come out from that.
I will say this: If you haven´t seen the movie then I advise you to read the book first. Even if `The Protector` is my least favorite Jodi Ellen Malpas book it´s still way better than the movie. By a looong shot. That is- If you´re into romances. * wink *
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on the book-to-movie-adaptation for `The Protector`. I hope you enjoyed.
Until the next movie…
Many hugs and virtual chocolate,