Let me preface this by saying, I picked up the book, read the first dozen pages or so, and dropped it on the floor. That was about a year ago. For that reason, I never bothered to see the movie until now. Well, that and the fact that it hit my $1.50 movie theater.
After seeing Twilight the movie, I think I’ll dig out my copy again. However, I’ll be skimming everything that happened before Bella confronted Edward in the woods. With that being said, I felt it best to break up this review to give you my honest opinion, which is probably worth about $0.015 in your book. 😉
Pre-Vampire Reveal (D+)
This first half bothered the heck out of me. If Edward had stared me (or my sixteen-year-old niece) down like that, I would’ve been like, “What the hell are you looking at?” I could be wrong or maybe it’s because I grew up in a school where it was eat or be eaten or mind your business. But then again, I grew up in upstate NY and not the Northwest. What do I know about teenage life out there? Perhaps kids like Bella aren’t as direct in the little town of Forks, Washington. So, I’ll be nice and chalk this flub up to regional/cultural differences.
Still, Edward freaked me out. I find nothing intriguing or lovable about a guy who stalks his love interest, but then, he turns around and says stupid stuff like “If you’re smart, you wouldn’t be following me around.” What the f***?! Jackass, you’re the one who’s following her! Did you get hit with the stupid stick? Can we say walking contradiction? For those of you who read the book, please fill me in on what the heck he was thinking when he came up that line.
When Bella sees her friend from childhood, Jacob, and says, “Are you stalking me?” I gagged on my popcorn. Bella wouldn’t know a stalker if he floated outside her window every time she opened the curtains. But then again, maybe teenage girls are into that stuff and think it’s sexy. *shrug*
There was another TSTL moment (dark alley, alone at night), but I think I’ve said enough about the first half of the movie. As you can see, I didn’t like it. Bella’s father was the only bright, steady light throughout the movie, which is why I’m not giving it an F. Not because he was an adult, but because he kept it real. In a way, he made it easy for those who interacted with him to keep it real, too.
Until now, I hadn’t bought in to the love between Edward and Bella. IMHO, Bella looked at Edward like he was a novelty item. In turn, Edward saw her as a chew toy (no pun intended). He’d play with her a bit, then grunt and walk off with an attitude, leaving her forgotten. I don’t call that romance. I call that teenage hormones. After almost 100 years, I thought Edward should’ve had a handle on that by now. Or are those frozen in time just like the rest of him? Not to mention, he and Bella seemed to have fallen in love in one afternoon. Is this realistically possible?
Also, vampires without fangs? Did I miss something?
Post-Vampire Reveal (A-)
Things picked up and a huge way. We got to hang out with Bella and Edward without the drama. And yes, to me, Edward came off as a drama queen in that first half. Bella seemed so mixed up and confused at times that I wondered how she even functioned in everyday life. For some reason, I felt like the actors’ emotions were forced as much as their lines. By the time we get to this point, everyone seems to have relaxed into their character and are able to let things flow naturally, especially Bella and Edward.
I LOVE the Cullen family! The baseball game scene got a huge thumbs-up and called out to the tomboy in me. 😀 I thought it was great that the Cullens pitched in to protect Bella because they considered her part of them. Who wouldn’t want a cool bunch of relatives like that? 😉 I thought it was both cute and hilarious they were making lunch for her with large pieces of pork frying in a pan without knowing the kid was a vegetarian.
Also, I thought it was very noble for Edward to tell Bella he wanted to “officially” meet her father. Given the small town, I thought they would’ve known each other before then. But hey. He’s an old kid. Maybe they did things like that back in the day.
I hated what Bella did and said to her dad, but I understood why. Although, had I been James, the bad guy, I still would’ve went after her father because he’s still her flesh and blood. Just because you tell off a family member, that doesn’t always mean you cut ties with them. Blood is thicker than water, so the kill–or threat of–would’ve been worth it. But then again, Dad wasn’t James’s primary target. Bella was.
Also, I got a much better sense of Bella and Edward’s love for each other. With her life was in danger, seeing Edward struggle with leaving her in his brother and sister’s hands was thoroughly refreshing. It was also nice to see him struggle to get her seat-belted into the car to get her to safety. Those were points where I really started to buy into their romance.
Edward redeemed himself big-time with me when refused to bite Bella. He loved her enough that he wanted her to enjoy her teenage life more than he enjoyed his. After all, he was sort of dying when he was seventeen. That has major suckage written all over it. Not every story has to end on a good note with a bite to the throat to solidify a relationship.
Side note: AWESOME soundtrack!
So there you have it. My review of Twilight. My friend, Kathy Calarco is in the middle of taking a Fiction to Film class and she clued me into something I had completely forgotten about the two entertainment industries. She said so much money is shoveled into a movie that the writers can’t afford to have the story appeal to just the fans of the book. They have to appeal to everyone. As a non-reader of the book, the last half of the movie appealed to me so much that I’ll be dusting off my copy of the Twilight…assuming I can find it. And since a second movie is in the works, I’m planning to see it, though I can’t promise it won’t be at the discount theater. At $6.50 for a matinee showing, nomovie is worth that. 😆
What did you think of the movie? What about the book? What about the hype?