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Twilight (movie)

A 2008 film based on the Stephenie Meyer book of the same name, directed by Catherine Hardwicke

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I'm Surprised

  • May 5, 2009
More than any other movie released last Fall, I so wanted to hate Twilight & actually made a special point to avoid it at all costs. You might even ask what changed my mind or why I'd bothered going at all. Hell, why write a review for the film? Surprisingly, this was actually somewhat better than I thought & somehow I felt compelled to write up a small one for you guys. Hmm. Empty spot in my schedule, right? Ha!

As anyone will tell you, Twilight has been the craze of every 13 girl on the planet for several years now whereas grown-ups still thump their Anne Rice classic novels or have moved on to writers like Laurell K. Hamilton or perhaps Charlaine Harris, whose books have been utilized for the TV series True Blood. Needless to say, Stephanie Meyers may have created a phenomena with the teenage vampire novel but her ideas are anything but revolutionary  irregardless of how well her books may sell. Again, the mere idea of pop culture taking the front seat should be enough to send me far away from this movie but somehow I can push that thought aside atleast long enough to digest a relatively simple film such as this. Right?

Twilight is a fairly entertaining & touching film about teenagers which re-inforces a lot of the beliefs we may already have about youngsters today. Sure, they have their issues & many of them struggle daily with their complex problems which aren't always clear to the adult world yet there is something endearing about this generation nevertheless. It's a wonder any of us are truly sane after all we have to go through in our most formative years. Let's think about it. The football games, the lipstick, peer pressure, etc. Need I say more? It's a jungle out there for damn sure & teens are doing extremely well if they can just manage to hold their heads up at the end of each day. That, itself, often is a labor of love so to speak.

Meyers does indirectly hint at a lot of which most teens have experienced at some given point in their lives but may not be quite comfortable in sharing with anyone outside of their norm peer group. Yep, what teen at some point didn't give suicide careful consideration during moments of utter depression & hopelessness? What kid probably doesn't have unnatural thoughts of morbidity such as death or leaving this world? If that weren't enough for our fragile little minds to digest, there is always sexual frustration which can run neck to neck with eerie thoughts of dying young. Although I congratulate Meyers for briefly exploring these topics in her first novel, neither the book nor the film can really address them completely which keeps my overall verdict at a mere three stars unfortuantely.

I do, however, believe the young talent here is quite promising. Kristin Stewart & Robert Pattison do show a great deal of potential although the film itself limits their abilities. We can expect greater works from both I'm sure in the near future.

The story itself is kinda sweet ofcourse & I can expect to be accused of being a softie here but what the f*ck. Yes, who the hell doesn't dream of finding that one true love who will stand up for you when the chips are down & stay in the picture once those deep connections are made atlast? Do we not also find it slightly romantic when the significant other tells us he/she has always been fond of hearing or watching us sleep? I know I once did. Ok, enough said. I can feel the tears coming & I'm not even a fan of this series.

Final verdict: I can see the overall appeal here to younger audiences & adults alike but I will probably never purchase one of Meyer's books nor own a copy of the films in my personal video library. I will, however, watch the sequel(s) more than likely as long as I don't have to pay.
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December 17, 2010
Got to admit, I did not see this review coming, great write up good Sir.
December 17, 2010
Neitehr did I. Alex, neither did I. I still haven't watched any of the sequels and have no immediate plans to do so but I satisfied my curiousity here. Thanks for the continuous support!!!
May 31, 2010
Great review! This would be a great addition to the Twilight Saga community:) Feel free to join and check it out!
December 17, 2010
Thanks you for the comments and for stopping by but I'm sure whether or not this review would go over well with that community. I'm not really a big fan of this series but I might check out the community sometime. Ilove my vampires but I 'em mean and bloody.
November 06, 2009
November 06, 2009
Woo, is that you? I was expecting to hear something about how you hated Twlight or you couldn't understand why I didn't completely massacre the film in my review. Oh well, maybe next time around... Hehe 'Tis ok. I am not in love with the film but I guess I could somewhat understand the appeal. We were all kids once, right? Who hasn't dreamed of being a vampire & living forever? That means you can fuck as many people as inhumanly possible over a long period of time. LMAO
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Twilight is a 2008 American romantic vampire film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It is the first film in The Twilight Saga film series. This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Cullen and his family to keep Swan safe from a coven of evil vampires.

The project was in development for approximately three years at Paramount Pictures, during which time a screen adaptation that differed significantly from the novel was written. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the novel after three years of the project's stagnant development. Melissa Rosenberg wrote a new adaptation of the novel shortly before the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and sought to be faithful to the novel's storyline. Principal photography took 44 days, and completed on May 2, 2008; the film was primarily shot in Oregon.

Twilight was theatrically released on November 21, 2008, grossing over US$392 million worldwide. It was released on DVD March 21, 2009, and became the most purchased DVD of the year. The soundtrack was released on November 4, 2008. Following the film's success, New Moon and Eclipse, the next two novels in the series, were produced as films the following year.
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: November 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Summit Entertainment (October 27, 2009)
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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