I 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.