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Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2008)

Drama and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke

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Not a bad book translation

  • Mar 22, 2009
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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, consistently throughout the movie, it seemed to hint at a much more complete character setup for each of the characters. The movie only teased us with all of these deep, meaningful characters and ideas, yet many of these characters only seemed to have a couple lines in the movie, which just did not fit the depth that the movie suggested these characters had. Had the movie been lord of the rings long, it might have had more time to fill in the gaps I am missing from the character development. However, these teasers are enough to encourage me to want to read the books to determine more about the characters and to continue the storyline where it leaves off.

Overall, the movie was a bit cheesy, and while its "romanticism" might be enough for teenage girls, there were many points in it where I had to roll my eyes and go "oh geese". The story felt incomplete, which leaves me wondering how much was left out from the book that would add to the intriguing story. I felt some of the special effects were not done well, and seemed almost comical when placed on screen in the manner that they were. I also felt that in the beginning, the sense of time was really off. It was very hard to tell when days, weeks, or months have gone by in the movie at any given part. The movie did manage to get you to really like the collin family, and care about the characters and their development. I think this was done well, particularly the baseball scene.

So a decent movie, if you are willing to forgive that it has a lot of depth it simply can't place into a movie from a book without making it impossibly long. If you are someone who can't forgive that fact, then this movie may seem confusing to you if haven't read the book, or a disappointment if you have.

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review by . May 15, 2009
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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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