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Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2008)

Drama and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke

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  • Mar 27, 2009
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Bella Swan can only hope that her boyfriend can keep from draining her of her blood. That might sound a bit goofy, but in Bella's "Twilight" world, it's just another day.

"Twilight" is based on the enormously popular book series by Stephenie Meyer. It is a book series which I have yet to read, so I will only offer my review of the film as is and not against the book.

In the film, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has just moved to little Forks, WA, to be with her father while her mom hits the road with a new love. Despite reuniting with a childhood friend and getting a used truck from her dad, Bella misses her old home in Phoenix, AZ. She misses it, that is, until she sees the Cullen clan of foster kids. This "family" includes what appears to be two couples and one loner, Edward (Robert Pattinson). Bella is instantly drawn to Edward, but the signals he sends her are from all over the relationship spectrum.

As the duo gets to know one another, Bella concludes that Edward is more than just a brooding, moody teen. She thinks that he is a vampire. Eventually a romance blossoms between them, and they both meet their respective families.

Unfortunately for Bella, meeting Edward's family can lead to a dangerous situation for her and them as well. Even though they don't drink human blood, it still calls to them like a drug. Some of Edward's relatives, such as the family patriarch, Dr. Cullen, have very little problems with resisting the urge to feed on humans. Others, like Edward's brother, Jasper, find it to be a tougher ordeal.

Throw in the fact that a trio of traveling vampires have been on a killing spree that's leading them straight to Forks, and Bella has found herself in quite a situation.

Can forbidden romance between vampire and human succeed? Can Edward protect Bella from the dangerous vampires on their way to Forks? Will the Cullen clan be able to resist the urge to take life? You'll have to watch "Twilight" in order to find out.

The acting in this film is hit and miss. Some of the kids at Bella's school come across as a bit too nice to the new kid, but others are dead on for their respective stereotypical role. The nerdy girl is definitely a nerd, with a strong sense of self hidden beneath her glasses. The school snob has faking respect and friendship down to an art. Then there's Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), a Quilete teen who used to play with Bella when she'd visit her dad as a child. Lautner comes across as very protective of Bella in his limited role. I was actually surprised that he did so well considering I felt that he was one of the weakest performers in one of his previous films, "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl."

The Cullen family all take very respectable turns in their roles, with Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) and Ashley Greene (Alice) standing out from the pack. The trio of baddies also did a pretty good job, but they were on screen for such a brief time that the viewer didn't get much of a chance to see them fleshed out.

Stewart does well with the role of Bella, but I felt that she lost direction at times with the emotional roller coaster her character was going through with Edward. Pattinson fares better as Edward, managing to make his character likable, hateful and romantic all at the same time.

The special effects hamper the film at times, especially when Edward takes Bella for a run through the forest. It takes what otherwise is a romantic setup and makes it a bit hokey. The effects also make a rather fun baseball outing look goofy when the outfield players chase the ball.

Catherine Hardwicke's direction of the movie is beautiful at times, highlighting the natural surroundings in Washington and Oregon and framing shots perfectly in order to provoke certain emotions from the viewer or set the perfect tone. At other times, however, Hardwicke's cameras seem to be trying to appeal to the youthful audience with "cool" quick cuts and steadicam shots.

Speaking of the audience, the key demographic is nailed here. Young women in their teens and older women longing for that old perfect boyfriend have everything they could ask for in Edward. The romantic aspect of the story might be just strong enough to make the primary audience forgive the hiccups in direction and effects, but those outside of key demographic will pick up on these errors more quickly.

The DVD is nice, with a clean transfer. The commentary on disc one is very enjoyable, especially the antics of Pattinson. Music videos are also included on this disc, with Muse's live performance of "Supermassive Blackhole" being the highlight. Disc two includes a seven-part documentary, deleted scenes and other interesting tidbits.

Overall, "Twilight" has more going for it than against. The love story works on many levels and even had this thirty-something husband and father pulling for the kids. The Cullen family is likable and I wish that those characters (as well as the villains) had been fleshed out more. Still, I was intrigued enough by the film to read the book. My wife has read all of the books that have been released, and loves them a lot more than the film.

Recommended to teens (especially females) and women as well. Teen boys will probably not like this film, but older men will find this film quite enjoyable. I've personally watched the film three times and plan to watch it again. Heck, I've even picked out my favorite vampire. Reading the book is next on my list. Recommended.

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review by . October 23, 2009
Twilight is another movie I had no intention of seeing but watched it anyway and actually ended up absorbed in the story. Not in love, not necessarily recommending it, but absorbed. I've not read the books. Not that I don't want to, I do. But I've been told that I'll need to set aside time because once I start I won't want to stop.    I've seen a few vampire movies. As far as Twilight in the vampire department...the gore is minimal as is the horror. Its there, bubbling under …
review by . February 12, 2009
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Director Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen," "Lords of Dogtown (Unrated Extended Cut)," and "The Nativity Story") has a special affinity with the subject of most of her films; she captures the inner angst of the adolescent from seemingly a personal vantage point that puts each member of her audience right smack in the cauldron of raging hormones, inferiority complexes and the necessity of rebellion that makes up the teen universe no matter what the generation. In her 2008 film "Twilight" she departs …
review by . May 15, 2009
I loved this movie. Most of the time I am disappointed when a movie is based on a book. Most movies can't live up to a books standards. That's my personal opinion. I was very pleased with the Twilight movie. I still think that the book was better but the movie was awesome.    Bella moves to the small town of Forks to live with her father. On her first day at school she sees Edward. Edward is mysteriously sexy and Bella feels drawn to him. But Edward has a secret. He's a vampire.
review by . March 22, 2009
The following movie is a "girl falls for vampire" love flick. It consists of some action, and few scenes, particularly with leaping and superspeed running, that was almost had me laughing with how ridiculous it looked on screen, however I did enjoy it, for what it is.     I never read the book, but after seeing this movie, I immediately decided to buy the series via amazon to read during my leisure. It was not so much the fact that the story, in general, was that amazing. However, …
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The big-screen adaptation ofTwilight, Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire romance, is aimed squarely at its key demographic: teen girls whose idea of Prince Charming is a brooding, pale, undead teen who could kill you instantly at any moment. Such a prince is more fascinating than frightening to new girl Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to the rainy-gray town of Forks, Wash., to live with her dad (Billy Burke), the local sheriff who's puzzled by a series of "animal attacks." On her first day at school, Bella appears to (visibly) nauseate her lab partner, Edward (Robert Pattinson). Turns out the scent of her blood is this vampire's "brand of heroin," and his struggle not to kill her causes an irresistible pull toward her. Whether he's attracted for the normal reasons or because she smells especially sweet to him is vague in the book and even less clear on-screen; nonetheless, Bella falls hopelessly in love with Edward, which sets her on a dangerous path when a few nomad vampires show up in town, one particularly keen on tracking the human. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen),Twilightis full of funny moments--not all of which are intentional--and the casting, from Stewart to Bella's self-absorbed friend Jessica (Anna Kendrick) is spot-on. The weakest link, unfortunately, is Pattinson. While he certainly looks the part, his Edward could have used an extra injection of testosterone (Pattinson, who is British, used James Dean as a model for his American accent). In...
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DVD Release Date: March 21, 2009
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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