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Monday, March 23, 2009

Movie Review - Twilight

Rated: PG13
Made In: 2008
Starring: Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward

When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks, WA, and set out to carve a niche for herself, she assumed it would be one similar to the low-profile social position she held back in Phoenix. First on the list of surprises was the unfamiliar attention from the male population of her new high school; second, the attention from one male in particular: Edward Cullen, Vampire (Robert Pattinson). Before long, the unlikely soul mates find themselves in a passionate relationship with a variety of significant setbacks, including Edward's special-needs diet (he doesn't eat humans, but Bella's scent inspires a nearly impossible to harness bloodlust) and the human girl's mortality. Though things proceed relatively smoothly at first (Edward even introduces Bella to his adoptive vampire family), a visiting vampire clan consisting of James (Cam Gigandet), Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), and Laurent (Edi Gathegi) catches Bella's unique scent and threatens the young couple's budding, if dangerous, happiness. James, known for his powerful tracking ability, becomes obsessed with making Bella his next victim. Fearing for Bella's safety and that of her loved ones, the Cullens must combine their collective talents in order to stop the highly predatory James before his goal is accomplished.

If you have been reading my blog you would know that about a month ago I read the Twilight Saga. The first book in the Saga is Twilight. I really enjoyed reading this book. I could hardly wait for the movie to come out on DVD. It did on Saturday and I was at Blockbuster renting it. Saturday night I had the chance to sit and just enjoy watching "my movie". I was ready for it to not be as good as the book, it seems like the movies are never as good. Yes I was disappointed. I don't think the strong feeling Bella and Edward have for each other is there in the movie. Bella doesn't whine as much in the movie. Edward climbing the tree with Bella reminded me of a rat (also was not in the book). It felt almost like a B movie to me, not a big budget movie. I don't think I would of liked this movie at all if I hadn't read the book. I'm going to only give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.


ciara said...

i thought it was pretty close to the book and if you read the unfinished midnight sun on stephanie's website you can tell rob infused some of that into his character. thank goodness she wasn't as whiny in the movie...that would have drove me bonkers. bella is the only character i don't like which i think i' have said many times lol it's funny tho we started watching our dvd and some of it makes us laugh now. we still like it though. we have dvd extras so i still have to chk those out.

jenn said...

If you watch the movie, without comparing it to the book, it's okay. I agree, though, that the feelings between edward and bella don't show through in the movie. I hated all the tree made no sense to me! I am interested to see what they do with new moon, now that they have better known actors and more to live up to.

leigh said...

our imagination is 10 times better than any movie maker. *shrug*

Julie said...

I agree that it was more like a B rated film. I watched this on the big screen & some of the filming made me dizzy. The tree climbing didn't make sense to me either. Why did they have to add some of those things in? I did like the ending though - I thought they did a good job on that fight scene. I was going into it knowing it wouldn't be as good as the book too, I wish they would've done a few things different though.