Teen Drama, Yawn, But the Story...Oooh So Fascinating
Oct 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 the surface and busting out during some scary moments. So, I'd say the story includes vampires but doesn't live out all vampire all the time. I appreciated the lack of rank language and sex, too. Pretty innocent overall. Not necessarily good and healthy relationships between Bella and her parents (a little sneaking, a little what they don't know won't hurt them, a little meeting with the vampire in the bedroom.) Bella and Edward don't have the healthiest of relationships either...more drama than substance.
The key plot is the budding relationship between Bella and Edward. And that may have been my least favorite part of the movie. Some cheesy dialogue and scenes annoyed me, some more than others. And Edward and Bella have been done before...teen misunderstood bad boy (okay, with a twist) and girl who just wants to be loved and cherished meet and connect. But Edward's mood swings and Bella's persistent crush almost don't make sense because they go a bit over-the-top. Some of the special effects were jarring as well.
The legends and the underlying mystery...oh, those were the absorbing things. I was fully sucked-in (pardon the pun) and will be very likely to watch the second movie, not opening night but eventually. And I plan to read the series. If the books are better, the prophecy that I'll have to marathon read them will probably come true.
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 … more
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.
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 … more
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, … more
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...