My sister dragged me to go see Twilight last night, at midnight. And I hate to say that I kinda liked it.
And this is coming from someone that didn’t read more than 50 pages of the first book, someone who didn’t have a preconceived notion of what Bella and Edward were supposed to be like, so I’m completely unbiased with this.
But just to tell you, when I did start reading the book and I heard what everyone was telling me about it, I was like, “that sounds like a good movie.” And it was.
Even though I’m not a fan of the books, I possibly still could have had some sort of biased opinion, seeing that I’m still technically a teenage girl and Rob Pattinson is so undeniably attractive. I mean, come on, HE’S CEDRIC DIGGORY!
Oh how I wish it would have been HP 6 in that theater last night, but I’m not too bitter.
I’ll break it down.
From being in a film studies class all quarter, it wasn’t easy to ignore the soundtrack, which was pretty damn awesome. It mixed some alt rock and classical and Radiohead for God’s sakes. I didn’t see Radiohead on the soundtrack 20 minutes ago when I started downloading it, and I never would have thought that Thom Yorke would have lent his music to such a film. Radiohead barely let their music be on iTunes until the last album came out.
But that’s not my point.
In my class, we’ve been taught that sound “bathes us in affect.” And I think that the angsty soundtrack added to the plot, definitely, and one can never ignore soundtracks when thinking about the quality of films. The Graduate is a key example. I especially liked the Claire De Lune part, in Edward’s “bed”room.
I didn’t have a preconceived notion of how Bella was going to be, but I had an idea, since I’ve seen Kristen Stewart in two other movies-The Messengers, where she was an unhappy, self-conscious teenage girl, in The Land of Women, where she was an unhappy, self-conscious teenage girl, and now in Twilight, where she was an unhappy, self-conscious, hopelessly-in-love-with-a-vampire teenage girl. So her personas don’t change much. She does a good job being that character, how she awkwardly slips over her words and does more emotion than actual speaking. But I don’t think she smiled much at all. And if I was with that handsome hunk of man, I’d be smiling all the time.
It would be hard for anyone not to notice the underlying message of abstinence in this film. Come on, Edward wanted her [blood] so much, but he couldn’t take it, because he loved her and wanted to keep her safe. And when they did almost let themselves do the dirty dirty under the sheets, he pulled himself back like a giant magnet was on his back. I would have liked to see some more kissing, preferably. My sister even said that their was more kissing in the book, so it wouldn’t have hurt, since Rob Pattinson is one of People’s sexiest men alive this year. And that I agree with very much so.
His portrayal of Edward was good. He played the brooding, damaged, unbelievably sexy vampire quite well. And then all the girls in the theater swooned. Seriously, the first time he was on camera, they all hooted and hollered. The last time something like that happened in a movie was when the 3rd Pirates came out and people cheered when Johnny Depp came on screen. I just couldn’t help but see Cedric in front of me, but that soon changed. The complexity and confusion that both Bella and Edward felt were both interesting and endearing, because you got to see the change in the relationship and how much he actually cared for her.
That part kind of baffled me though. Like, how long was it before Bella knew that she loved Edward? Not very, and that seemed a little odd. In the same way that I thought Romeo and Juliet was a bunch of crock as well. People don’t go that crazy head over heels for someone that quickly. It just doesn’t happen. And the way that Bella just kept wanting him even after he told her to leave him alone and the said that he might kill her. “I don’t care. It doesn’t matter,” she said. Really? In real life if someone said that they were a vampire and they wanted to kill you, would you still want to be with them?
I liked the secondary characters too. Bella’s friends were a good light addition to the otherwise dark story, and Alice was just so friggin nice. Although her and her “siblings” had way too much caked on white makeup. That makeup artist could have made them look more naturally undead. But I don’t think the secondary characters got enough screen time. I don’t think they got enough backstory, which is what made this story much shallower than say, Harry Potter. I hate it that people thought that if you loved Harry Potter, that you would love Twilight. Just because their was some sort of magical quality. J. K. Rowling is a writer. Stephanie Meyer isn’t. She said it herself. She had a dream, and expanded on it. There wasn’t a lot of stuff happening in this story, but there was a lot of understanding of Bella’s and Edward’s inner turmoil.
That’s what I liked. I did like the dynamic between them, and the constant sexual tension, even if it really meant that he wanted to drink her blood. I liked the cool tones that it was shot in because it made it seem so much more WASHINGTON. Oh, and it really looked like Washington, so that was good. It rained. A lot. And it rains. A lot. I liked this movie because it was 2.2 hours of guilty pleasure. 2.2 hours of story that really only needed 2.2 hours to tell. That’s why I didn’t read the book. It wasn’t a story that took an entire book to tell and I didn’t want to invest that much time into reading something that I could enjoy in 2.2 hours. I’ll see the next one, mostly out of curiosity. And to stare at Rob Pattinson for another couple hours.
But just one last thing, when the hell did vampires sparkle in the sunlight? I read Dracula. Dracula didn’t sparkle. Lestat didn’t sparkle.
But honestly, does it matter what I say? Does it matter what any critic says? No, because like Harry Potter, there will always be a crazed fanbase. Even if Twilight had sucked, teenage girls would still go out and see the next movie.