Twilight Review

Published 5 years ago by , Updated November 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 pm,

Short version: Twilight really is strictly for fans of the book – while not terrible, it’s far from great.

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Screen Rant reviews Twilight

So it’s finally here.

Twilight, at least for a select group of ladies, has been THE most anticipated movie of 2008 – and their wait is finally over. The question is: Was it worth it?

For them, yes.

For the rest of us? Eh, not so much.

Twilight opens with the introduction of our heroine, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). She is in sunny Arizona with her mom and new stepfather, and as they prepare for a long road trip she decides that she’d rather go up to Washington state to stay with her estranged father, Charlie (Billy Burke). He lives in the small town of Forks (population 3,000) and is the local sheriff.

She arrives in the middle of the school year so although it should be hard to make friends (and it’s implied), she manages to connect with a group of kids who are far more welcoming than she is ready to be welcomed. They give her the scoop on who’s who and they soon point out the Cullens, an odd assortment of very pale-skinned guys and gals. To make things weirder, they are apparently foster brothers/sisters yet they are “couples.” They’ve been taken in by the local Dr. Cullen and his wife.

One of the group is of course, Edward (Robert Pattinson). His story is that “no girl is good enough for him.” Of course Bella is immediately fixated on him, although the feeling is apparently very much not mutual. As a matter of fact when she is assigned to be his lab partner, he seems to be repulsed by her.

Edward leaves for a few days, and when he returns his mood towards Bella has changed considerably. He’s now polite and at least feigns interest. She (mostly) gets over being offended and tries to get to know him although he still doesn’t want to get close to her. Almost immediately he saves her from being killed in a car accident in a scene that’s been shown in the trailer. She’s no dummy and doesn’t miss the fact that he was across the parking lot, got over to her in a flash and was able to keep a van from smashing into her (to the point that he left a dent in the door with his hand). [Note slight sarcasm there, folks]

Anyway, we soon meet Dr. Cullen (Peter Facinelli) at the hospital, whose makeup job is so incredibly white that he looks like the Cesar Romero version of the Joker. He is none to pleased about Edward (I guess I can’t call him “Ed,” huh?) possibly exposing who he really is to save Bella’s life.

One thing leads to another and the burgeoning romance is on its way, with a side trip to a confrontation with the “bad” vampires who actually kill humans to feed (go figure). You see the Cullens only drink the blood of animals. The bad guys have been responsible for a number of gruesome murders in town recently. One of them decides to target Bella and thus we get the final confrontation which finally brings us some decent action.

So what’s good?

I thought that the stars and supporting cast actually did a really great job. Bella’s friends were engaging, funny and they played their roles very naturally. Billy Burke was low key and very good as Bella’s father, Kristen Stewart did a decent job, and I have to say that despite his severely sculpted eyebrows and uber-funky hair that I liked Rob Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen. I don’t know how closely the way he played the character matched the version in the book, but I thought that his uncertainty and awkwardness in light of how powerful he really was made him quite charming.

There were quite a few moments of unexpected humor in the film that I enjoyed. Nothing huge or slapsticky, but just little things that were enough to actually make me laugh out loud (which some comedies this year didn’t manage to make me do). Really the performances made this worthwhile for me.

So what wasn’t so good?

For a non-fan, it was really a pretty bland film. It seemed very slow-moving at times, and let’s face it – it’s a pretty “stock” teen romance movie. There wasn’t anything really special here outside of the fact that it had, you know… vampires.

Nothing really eye-catching as far as cinematography or interesting shots, and one think that really struck me as bad were the visual effects. When the film had its first “super-speed” effect, where the bad vampires corner one of the locals, it was so poorly done that I think I actually gasped out loud. I mean there was this incredibly cheesy blur that I can’t really describe except to say that anything you see on an average episode of Smallville is done far better.

Imagine my shock at the end of the film when in the credits I saw Industrial Light & Magic listed among the visual effects companies. I can only guess that they were responsible for some other effect and not the one I just mentioned (which was terrible throughout the film).

Towards the end the teen-romance-cheese-factor pegged the needle in the aftermath of the big battle in a scene between Edward and Bella. That was about the hardest scene in the movie to sit through, and pretty much from there until the end it was quite sappy and reminded me of a typical teen TV series on the CW.

The audience full of Twilight fans seemed to enjoy it a lot and gave it a thumbs up, so I guess it’s achieved its goal. I’m curious to see if it does well enough at the box office to generate a sequel (which I’m thinking would actually be better than this film).

So take all that for what it’s worth – I’ll leave the decision of whether to see it or not up to you.

Oh, and yes (for the fans), Edward does “sparkle” in the film and Bella is clumsy. icon smile Twilight Review

Our Rating:

3 out of 5
(Good)

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  1. I loved the movie……… but yea the books were much better, so i urge you to read the books first they are amazing……… Still watch the movies though….I don’t really care about the actors they act cause thats ehat their good at so they are all great at there jobs……… NEW ZEALANDER…..Abby.

  2. i love twilight. It´s my favourite movie. My favourite character is Rosalie.
    I think that the 4th book is the best book.

  3. Does anyone notice that early tomorrow morning(12am), Twilight the movie comes out on dvd!!!

    Do you think that your view will be any different from seeing the movie at home instead of at the theater???

    Well, We will just have to wait and find out! Won’t we now!!!

  4. Tina, have you not noticed the advertisements all over the site? :-)

    Vic

  5. vic:

    Yes I have noticed the updated ads of the upcoming Twilight dvd release, but one thing for sure only today had the Twilight dvd release ad been posted on this website!!! Other than today, there as been no ad for the upcoming Twilight release dvd!!!

  6. i personally thought the movie was a very poor motion picture. the acting was downright bad, the story had many flaws the entire idea that he was a vampire was laughable since he wasn’t at all a vampire other then drinking blood. anyway vampire movies need more killing even if they are a love story since the entire idea of a vampire is killing people. the love story was very poor, edward was a clingy high school girl who watched her when she was sleeping but then again the movie was made for clingy high school girls who think every boyfriend they have is their true love at the time.
    i don’t know about the book but the movie was a very bad movie. it looked nice but was extremely boring at times and only mildly entertaining at others i give the movie 1 and a half starts out of five

  7. Heyy :)
    I love twilight it was really good and I get posters for it too but I am not obsessed like my one friend..

  8. When you say obsessed. Do you mean when someone watchs the movie in the theater 5 times. Watching the twilight dvd four times in one weekend. Get her baned from the dvd player for a week. Has five posters of twilight in her room. Has all four books. Read twilight three times. The new moon book two times. Read the eclipise book two times. Read breaking dawn two times Someone who has a twilight bookmark. Twilight clothing. Twilight desktop for her family computer. Is still in search for that mushroom ravorli dish. Has twilight passwords for her websites. Someone who is set up to recieve twilight news daily and someone who paid $32 for the twilight dvd, standing in line and being #13!!!

    (There could be more that could title me as an obsesed twilight fan, but for right now that is all the time I have for!!!)

    Tho does this show that I am obsessed or am I just a normal twilight fan like many. I really do need to know. I tried so many twilight obsessed quiz, just to see if I was obsessed or not and everytime I would end up with being obsessed, but could control my obsession. I don’t want to be able to control my obsession.

    I WANT TO BE A FREAKIN TWILIGHT OBSESSED TWILIGHT GIRL FAN!!!

  9. Hi, I love twilight but I am not obsessed i just think it’s a nice and romantic story and movie..

  10. Twilight is such a passionate movie i just love it

  11. I just love twilight it’s a nice movie but i am not obsessed by it I just like it that’s all

  12. I love twilight I think it’s so romantic and passionate

  13. I have to be completely honest, on a scale of 1 to 5 this movie should have gotten an negative ten. Every scene was poorly crafted, and the failed attempts at making “artsy” shots were sickeningly obvious. This film was created because the producers knew that they could show almost anything in theaters and make a killing because of the success of the book. I did not read the book, but literally everyone I know that have read the book before seeing the film considered hunting down and brutally murdering anyone who were a part of the production for unleashing something so horrible upon the world.

  14. Isn’t anyone going to answer my question???

  15. this movie was the absuloute best of all time robert pattinson is hot and sweet and amazing… the movie was also amazing anyone who did not like it is just not the romantic type and thats ok but the movie was spectatular!

  16. edward collin you handsome
    bella you beutiful

  17. Try and guess who just got a new German Shapered puppy(10 weeks old)??? That is right,Me!!!

    Now guess the name of the puppy(Girl)???

    Bella and believe me, she is a BELLA!!!

  18. i totally agree that robert pattinson was very good look at looking award throughout the whole film….i felt so bad for him ….and kirsten stuart….terrible… dont get me wrong im a huge of the books but i was left hearbroken by the film … they destroyed the legacy of the book (shakes her head) for non fans they’ll love it i jus think wat a mistake…..

  19. The movie was totally average compared to the book which was brilliant. Spend the money purchasing the books, rather than wasting it on this movie !

  20. Felicity: How could you say the the movie was totally average, when you say you would rather spend your money on the twilight book than spend your money on the movie??? That just doesn’t make sense!!!

  21. We think it was the gayest film ever and Kristin Stewart is one of the worst actresses ever! They tried to make the movie seem so good but it was rubbish and it had like nothing about vampires just about Edward and Bella, the books are slightly better and there isn’t much of difference. Maybe if they had hired better actresses and actors then the movie would have been alot better and if they hadn’t cut out so much scenes it defintley would have been a hell of a lot better.

    Hugs and kisses,
    Chelsea, Lisa and Rachel xoxoxoxoxo

  22. I hated this movie. Hands down. Maybe it’s because I didn’t read the book series, but you’d have to be a mentally challenged preteen in a magic helmet to get anything relevant from this film. It was boring, the cinematography and the “special effects” (oh, how I stress those air quotes) were nothing short of laughable. The plot was severely predictable, and the sappy talk between the two main actors toward the end of the film made me want to throw up and go into a fit of hysteria at the same time. Honestly, the film should have been a CW special or even a series. That’s really all that it was worthy of. Maybe that would’ve given the hack actors a chance to brush up on their horribly flawed acting techniques. And for those of you who went to the movie on the sole basis that you thought Robert Pattinson was hot in it, to you I say, c’mon he looks like a pasty 12 year old (gross!). Although I imagine Twilight’s largest fan base are pasty 12 year old girls.

  23. Anohymous: What where you trying to say. Your comment got all messed up!!!

    Anthony Keller: So what your saying is that even tho I am a smart 20 year old college student with a 4.0 gpa. Just because I understand the twilight series. I am still in your eyes challenged preteen in a magic helmet. Your wrong!!!

    Chelse, Lisa, and Rachel: Are you guys friends or something else?

  24. I’m just saying, you don’t have to be a 20 year old with a 4.0 GPA to understand the twilight series. It’s pretty base -_-

    ~J

  25. O,ok than!!!

  26. Twilight it the best book in the world.

  27. TWILIGHT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER. EVEN BETTER THAN HARRY POTER

  28. Note to mellisa) I agree!!!

  29. OMG I LOVE THIS MOVIE BUT U GUYS ARE RIGHT THE BOOKS ARE WAY BETTER I CANT PT THEM DOWN EVEN TO GO PEE

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