Twilight

twilightI just read that Twilight made $35 million on its opening day alone, on its way to god knows how much for the opening weekend. Wow. This really is another Harry Potter, with a more narrowly focused audience (namely, girls aged 12 to 99).

This is as good a movie as could be made from Stephenie Meyer’s novel. The source material is weak as literature and thin in plot but strong on personality and heavy with the dreamy innocence of teenage romance. And that describes the movie as well.

I can’t imagine this film would appeal much to anybody who hasn’t read the books. But having read the first two, I got a kick out of seeing Twilight come to life on screen. I always make a movie in my mind when reading a novel and this film is pretty close to what I imagined reading Twilight. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are very well-cast as the leads and Taylor Lautner is an appealing Jacob (I look forward to his expanded role in the inevitable sequel).

Billy Burke is not how I pictured Bella’s father Charlie, but his charming turn is an improvement on the character I’d imagined. As for the vampires, the Cullen family and the villains (who have a slightly expanded role in the film) are well-realized.

I wouldn’t call this a “good” film, really, but it’s a nice companion to the books (which I wouldn’t call “good” either). Still, I find myself looking forward to the next installments of both.

3 thoughts on “Twilight

  1. Amy says:

    I found this a better film than it was a book, despite the fact that I probably enjoyed the book more. It reminded me a bit of The Bridges of Madison County in that way. Just as Clint Eastwood treated the source material with reverence, perhaps more than it deserved, and created a serious film that was a better piece of art than the novel that inspired it, so, too, did Catherine Hardwicke. I’m thrilled that a woman director was asked to helm this film, as too few (any?) blockbuster series are handed over to women. That this one was handed to the director of Thirteen surprised me. What a smart move it was. Hardwicke’s decision to show the attacks of Laurent and crew, the way she films Forks, itself, her choice of cast (I, too, was most surprised -also happily so – by the interpretation of Bella’s father), and her respect for the adolescent concerns of these characters, all allow her to create a beautiful film. As Clay suggests, it is a testament to Hardwicke’s talent that she is able to do so with a book that is relatively thin on plot.

    As long as they keep Hardwicke at the helm, I can’t wait for New Moon. Go Team Jacob! 🙂

  2. Clay says:

    Good point about getting the director of Thirteen to helm this… she has shown that she knows her way around adolescent angst, particularly of the female variety. And I bet this will wind up the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I’m always curious why vampire stories are so popular. Dad and I have been watching the HBO series True Blood, and while we are not really fans of it, we continue to watch it out of some morbid desire to see where it’s going. It’s pretty gory and scary at times, but somehow I’m drawn to the main character (the vampire) and his love for Suki (sp?) the mortal woman who is feisty and played beautifully by Anna Paquin. Just wanted to share our vampire viewing experience, although Dad always says “I’m only watching this because you want to”

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