Twilight

As a fan of the first book by Stephenie Meyer and its sequels, of course I had to watch Twilight. Robert Pattinson being sexy is just an added bonus. I have to admit I was quite wary about watching the film as I thought the book did a great job of capturing the whole teenage-angst/sexual tension thing without being too graphic, but wasn’t sure how the film would go about it. But admittedly, the cast and crew did a great job.

Joking aside, Robert Pattinson does a great job as Edward Cullen. He can totally pull off the mean and moody thing and yet he turns females the world over weak at the knees when he smiles. So, perfectly cast, I think. Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan is equally stunning. I was totally convinced by the ‘I’m shy, clumsy and awkward’ thing and when you put her together with Robert, the on-screen chemistry is fantastic. Throughout the film I was hooked, despite having read the books and knowing exactly what’s going to happen. The build-up of tension was amazing and I was on the edge of my seat.

I don’t want to go into the plot, as I’d hazard a guess that anyone that cares what the plot is already knows. I also believe that the Twilight franchise will soon be sitting proudly in various Halls of Fame along with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars et al. Therefore if you’re reading this, you probably just want to know what I think! Overall, fabulous. The actors were all really well cast, some of the minor ones as well as the leads which bodes well for the following films as these minor characters start to come to the fore.

Only a couple of complaints, and they’re minor. The special effects were rather amusing in places. The very nature of vampires portrays them as dangerous, immortal and well, smooth. However, there are a couple of places in the film where poor Edward lost his smooth facade and gave me the giggles. That is, when he ran up a mountain with Bella on his back and scaled a tree, also with Bella on his back. The mad action of his arms and legs made the mirth bubble up. Now, I’m no expert. In fact I know sod all about that kind of thing but for me, it kind of ruined the ‘I’m a slick and sexy vampire’ thing. However, rumour has it that different directors are on board for the following films so maybe things in that department will improve. Only time will tell.

I was interested enough in Twilight to actually watch the extras on the second disc. On the whole, they’re pretty good. I particularly enjoyed the “Becoming Edward” and “Becoming Bella” segments, which showed just how much work went into creating the two characters from Stephenie Meyer’s descriptions. Also, I really enjoyed the soundtrack so the music-related extras were definitely worth a watch.

In summary, it’s simple. If you enjoyed the books you’ve already seen the film and are just wondering what my thoughts were. If you haven’t read the books or watched the film, give it a try. If you’re into vampires and can keep an open mind, just dip your toe in the water and soon you’ll become immersed in the Twilight world.

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