Disclaimer: I posted this review after seeing the movie on opening night on a message board that I frequent. (I have since been to see it again.) I thought I’d plug it into my blog and elaborate since I like to review movies that I care about.
Twilight 11/22/08 Review:
You know, going into this movie, I was excited, but I was completely prepared for major, utter disappointment. I thought that it would be miserable and never live up anywhere near what the book did for me.
I am shocked that despite the things they left out and changed; I still loved it so much more than I expected I would. It’s different than the book. The same cheesy, yummy goodness is there, but it’s different. No one will win an Oscar, the movie’s not going to win any awards…and I don’t care. It was wonderful to me, I guess maybe because I set the bar so low. Sure, there are things that are flat out wrong or inconsistent with some fundamental characteristics of some of the characters, but I can suck it up and overlook them.
Would I have enjoyed the movie had I not read the books? Maybe. I think there are some things in the movie that aren’t explained, and I feel like I had a better background and understood reasons for why things were the way they were or why someone said what they said.
I think RPattz aka Robert Pattinson who plays Edward Cullen (the main vampire in which the story revolves around) was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing, I could have watched him as Edward for 2 more hours….I couldn’t get enough of him. I know people have complained about some of what he did was awkward and not true to the book, but I think he was working with what he had (as far as the script and how the author forced somethings in there) and just nailed it. I am so pleased with his performance….I guess because I never thought that anyone would rise to the level that Edward stands in my head and RP got there. I loved the first scene in biology (and the second when he talked to her), I loved when he rescued her in Port A (“get in the car”), I loved when he brought her home, I loved the kiss in her room (“I just want to try one thing”), the scenes in the trees….. ::melts:: He did no wrong in my book. I didn’t realize I’d be a BIGGER RP fan after the movie, but apparently I am…. “You can google it.” He was so funny too, I didn’t expected that. My biggest complaint was that I don’t think they paid enough attention to his gift of reading thoughts and how he can’t read Bella’s. Sure, yes, they mention it, but the angst and the frustration doesn’t come across on screen the way the book makes you feel it. Maybe Stephanie just crammed it down our throats so much that it seems so trivial in the movie.
I think the rest of the Cullens were overall wonderful, I wish we had spent more time with them. The scene at their house was great when Bella came over for dinner and I loved the baseball game….it was EXACTLY as how I pictured it. (I am actually glad that I just finished my re-read of Twilight a couple days ago.) I loved all their scenes. Nikki did a great job with Rosalie–she didn’t look right, but the character was there. As for Alice, I’m on the fence about her, she’s one of my favorites in the books, but her hair was all wrong for me and I dunno, I wasn’t a fan of the way her “visions” were presented. I could have done with less high schoolers and more Cullens!
I think most everyone did great with their parts except KStew aka Kristen Stewart who plays Bella, our narrator throughout the series. What’s funny is that going into this, she’s the one I thought had it down and would be the most perfect Bella. I was disappointed with her performance. It was dry, lifeless, and completely lacking the fire that Bella in my mind had. the “flirting” on the beach with Jacob? not there. chemistry with RP? not there. She just seemed angry all the time with the clenched teeth and fists…she seemed way more emo than emo-vamp Edward. When Edward asks, “Are you afraid?”, she looks mad and scared, not confident.
I will say that the way some of the cheesiest parts in the book were delivered did bring the cheese factor down a notch…the heroin line, the lion/lamb line…I was waiting to roll my eyes, but it really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.
Charlie was a pleasant surprise, I really liked him! He was funny…the whole pepper spray references/scenes made me giggle. Oh and James….I’m so sad he had to go. Hot, hot, hot. I really wish they had changed this part of the movie to keep him as the bad guy….and killed off Victoria instead. I mean sheesh, they changed so much other stuff.
Now, for my complaints…..Where was the “Dazzling” when Bella’s heart skips a beat and she can’t breathe when Edward turns on his charm? Where was Bella taking care of Charlie? Why was the meadow scene so lame???? He didn’t look “brilliant” or “dazzling” or “beautiful”, he just looked weird. I guess it’d be hard to recreate what was in my head, but the movie FAILED in a big way at that. I was waiting for the scene where Bella falls asleep in the backyard and she thought she was alone and she dreams about Edward and says his name….while he’s watching. I thought that would have been a good one to show how their relationship was growing or at least to show him being “protective”. The movie didn’t have that soul-burning passion that comes across in the books, it sort of trivialized their relationship.
Anyway, overall, I am very pleased that I loved it and I cannot wait to see it again!
And PS – Justin’s review: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was a little slow in parts, but it picked up. The special effects didn’t look as cheesy as they did in the trailers. It was pretty good.”