Friday, November 21, 2008

My thoughts on Twilight...

Here are my thoughts on the movie: **SPOILER WARNING** I wouldn't recommend reading this until after you've seen the movie!

My overall excitement about seeing this movie was pretty much through the roof! However, having said that I went into it knowing it was a VERY low budget film.

Here are the things I didn't like:
1. The special effects were extremely lacking and I was disappointed in Edward's sparkling. My friend Anne summed it up with "He looks like a Christmas ornament!" However, we really can't expect much more for the budget this film had.

2. Which brings me to the meadow scene. It was much too short and severely lacking in any intimacy and sexual tension. There was no conversation, they didn't even touch each other! I mean that chapter in the book is what started it all people! I just didn't feel like it was done justice!

3. The overall pacing of the film seemed extremely fast. It felt like they were trying to cram too much in a 2 hour time slot. I could have done without several of the added scenes (ex. biology field trip) in order to have more time on the pivotal scenes...hello meadow! There wasn't nearly enough character development. They didn't even mention Jasper's abilities and left out his best line: "You're wrong you are worth it!" Bella and Edwards relationship felt much too rushed. If I hadn't read the books I'm sure I would have been like " Are you kidding me...they're already declaring themselves?"

Now on to what I did like:

1. Can we say EYE CANDY!!!! All of the Cullens were beautiful!! I was a little worried about Jasper, but even he was drool worthy! Emmett and Carlisle are down right HOT!! Alice, Esme, and Rosalie were gorgeous. And Edward was PERFECT!! Robert Pattinson really embodied Edward...and those eyes...SEXY!!

2. Charlie was a very pleasant surprise. I thought he nailed the whole awkward father/daughter moments. The scene where Bella has to hurt her father in order for him to let her leave really was heartbreaking.

3. The humans were pretty good also. I just wish they would have developed Angela's character a bit more, because in the movie she is very forgettable, and I loved her in the books!

4. Finally to the most important part. Edward and Bella's chemistry was amazing!! Having read Midnight Sun I could actually feel Edward's pain as he is trying so hard to be close to Bella, yet fight the urge to kill her! As far as the kiss goes I'm not sure I was breathing during that scene. It was so well done. I think it's hands down the best on screen kiss ever! Edward was so hesitant and tender, yet incredibly passionate all at the same time. This alone was worth the price of admission!

So my final thoughts are this: Was it a bit cheesy? Yes. Did I care one bit? NO! I LOVED the books and I LIKED the movie. Here's hoping that this movie makes a ton of money so New Moon can have a budget worthy of making these great books into great movies!


Kelly and Jill Burk said...

Angie, thank you so much for your review. Sooo Awesome, loved it even though I haven't seen the movie yet. I have read a ton more reviews but from those of actual movie critics. Interesting, you are on the same exact page as all of them. The word "Cheesy" came up several times in the other reviews. But like you mentioned in your review, it was a low budget movie. Which is too bad and yes I too hope they make up for it in the next 3 movies. Except have you heard the latest rumor? Here on the local Utah news they said for "now" the producers haven't even signed to do Breaking Dawn. I am sure they will and it is just a matter of some paper work.
Sorry this is so long, just wanted to give you my input (from one Twi-fan to another).

Anne said...

Amen sister! You summed it up perfectly. I would only add that if you are not already invested in the story and characters, don't bother with the movie. However, if you love the books, you will love the movie regardless of it's many shortcomings!

molly and geoff archibald said...

i'm not surprised that you already saw it! i think i'm waiting for the dollar theatre, or maybe the dvd. but i am excited to see the big kiss! :)

Nicole said...

Ditto. I totally agree with your review points. I also thought the meadow scene was lacking and the plot was seriously under-developed. Travis went to see it with me and was a little lost for a few of the scenes. Overall though, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.