“The Moth Diaries:” Review (Spoilers) and Trailer
The Moth Diaries is a movie that takes place at an all girls’ boarding school that was once a hotel. The main character, Rebecca (Sarah Bolger, The Tudors), was sent to the school two years prior when her father committed suicide. There she became close friends with Lucie (Sarah Godon, Dream House), who helps her overcome her grief and depression.
When new student Ernessa (Lily Cole, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) shows up, things start to change for Rebecca as Lucie is attracted to the newcomer. Lucie disapproves of Rebecca’s unkindness to the new girl and her concern for Lucie’s change in health.
It is clear right off the bat that this is a Gothic story, but whether Ernessa is a vampire is not exactly clear. It does become clear very quickly that it is not really Lucie that Ernessa is after but Rebecca. Ernessa starts weeding off (not necessarily killing) the circle of friends that Rebecca has managed to make. For some reason her goal is to make Rebecca regress back to the state she was in when her father died. All guessing would suggest Ernessa would like Rebecca to kill herself as a razor-blade keeps popping up.
Ernessa suggests throughout the movie that Rebecca is just like her, and this brings up questions. Is Rebecca also a vampire? She was kind of possessive like Ernessa. No one seems to smell the same odor that Rebecca constantly smells coming from Ernessa’s room. When Rebecca discovers Ernessa’s history, it does become clear that they are more alike than she would have thought.
The movie was a little confusing. It had its moments where it seemed like everything would be explained, but it ends with questions still hanging in the air. The film tries to sell itself on the fact that Mary Herron (American Psycho) was directing, but overall the story was lacking.
What was mainly taken from this film is that it is an odd take on Dracula if Bram Stoker had made Dracula a woman who turned into moths instead of bats and wolves and the story revolved around Mina and Lucy’s relationship.
The movie opens in limited theaters on April 20.