Per my previous post, saw the much hyped (& apparently very well attended) debut weekend for the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’. Yeah, it’s a vampire film. Yeah, it’s aimed heavily for women – YOUNG women. That being said, I still liked it; the action was sparse but when it came, it kicked in fairly well. Of course there is a definite romance bent to the flick but so there was in ‘Titanic’ as well, and a few people enjoyed that one, didn’t they? I mean it could be argued that ‘Romeo & Juliet’ are obvious inspirations here, but that would be selling the story short to categorize it so simplistically.
I’ve never read Meyer’s books so I can’t address the ‘purists’ who froth & moan that their beloved novel was ruined by director Catherine Hardwicke and/or screen scribe Melissa Rosenberg. To me, it was a good teen movie and adequate family viewing. I’ve cringed through worse for the entertainment of my daughters.
It did attempt to modify the vampire legend a bit, which I always find interesting. . . y’know, to see how different artists perceive that venerable archetype, but nothing that will spawn a host of imitators.
From a casting standpoint, Kristen Stewart as Belle & Robert Pattinson as Edward (DESPITE the Jimmy Neutron Hair) are charismatic & create an interesting chemistry between their characters. Secondary players are interesting (The Cullen family as a whole is a bizarre walk through Never-Neverland) and main baddie Cam Gigandet as James is scary enough to discourage dating (something for the dads out there).
The many, many reviewers complaining about the horrible hair & make-up effects – well, they’re right. Every vampire is instantly recognizable as it comes into scene by the atrocious amount of pancake they’re wearing, and I’ve seen better hairdos in a wind tunnel in Chicago – but hey, what do I know of fashion? There is a lot of use of contact lenses to establish a ‘supernatural’ feel to the vamps but little use of fangs, interestingly.
As a whole, go into the film with an eye towards who the target demo was – you’ll be pleasantly surprised even if you don’t fit it. IMDB viewers currently have it at 5.7 (so call it 6) out of 10. That seems about fair to me, all things considered.