I initially read the Twilight books on the recommendation of a friend. I knew the movie was in the works and thought I’d give it a shot since I like to read the book before seeing the movie adaptation anyway. The books – which many claim to be of a Harry Potter level of addictiveness and creativeness – were okay. They definitely weren’t great and I still can’t understand the level of fanaticism some girls (and let’s face it, grown women) have for the material.
However, I decided to give the movie a shot. It was available on Blu-ray from Netflix, and I love Blu-ray, so to the top of the queue it went.
The movie wasn’t horrible. Even Mike didn’t hate it. It is what it is – a teen love story with just a touch of vampire legend (as anyone who has read the books knows, Stephenie Meyer takes some liberties with traditional vampire lore – sparkling? Really?).
I would have liked the few action scenes there were to have been longer. Vampire baseball was much more impressive in my head. The big fight scene could have been much more interesting if not for the PG-13 rating and if it had been drawn out a little more.
However, my biggest complaint about the books holds true for the movie – forgetting all the vampire stuff for a minute, Bella an Edward’s relationship is unhealthy. They’re like a stalker and a freak stalkee that actually likes it. While there are many fine examples of why I’d never let a tween girl read this book series,, I’ll only list one to spare your time: Edward watches Bella sleep every night. When she finds out that he’s been watching her sleep for weeks, she’s completely okay with that, touched even. That’s not normal, or what should be considered normal, for a relationship between a sixteen-year-old girl an her new seventeen-year-old boyfriend, vampire or not.
If you’re a grown woman and don’t care about the twisted nature of the relationship, but only want to know if it’s true to the book, it is. Of course, it’s condensed. Bella’s afternoon hearing Jacob tell Quileute legends is shortened to a quick walk on the beach. Some human characters were combined. Overall the translation holds up. I think
the casting for the Cullen family was great, but not “oh my God, that’s exactly how I pictures them”-great like some other book-to-movie adaptations.
I can’t say I’d recommend this to anyone that isn’t into the Twilight books. I don’t think it holds up on it’s own as a vampire movie or a straightforward love story. The dialogue is dry. The acting is decent, but nothing spectacular. If you’re one of those nuts I see on the train wearing “Team Edward” pins on your jacket, definitely watch this. If you’re oblivious to why someone would wear a Team Edward pin, well, I envy you and urge you to rent anything but this. I hear Interview With A Vampire holds up over time.
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