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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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. the book is better because twilight’s director wasn’t good enough.but i think rob pat,ashley,taylor and kellan is good for this film (as EDWARD,alice,jacob and emmett)
    In my opinion,new moon will better than this one(about view)

  2. Hey 4.0, it’s “You’re wrong”! Not “Your wrong”! Implying that you are wrong, shortening the are and using an apostrophe to connect the words. Next time, just type “You are wrong”! as to not make a fool of yourself… educated, my ass!

    While we’re at it (yes, not were at it, we’re at it), “… what you’re saying”, not “what your saying”. And it’s “though”, not “tho”. Illiterate moron!

    I guess these days anyone can get a GPA of 4.0 in college. If they only made teen novel courses, you’d have 5.0 GPA out of 4.0. (sarcastic math intended). Being intelligent used to mean something in my days… and that was only 10 years ago. Imagine what the next 10 will bring. Oh boy!

    Well, at least you got your trash novels to keep you entertained. And me; I have to deal with the likes of you.

  3. note to everyone i agree i love new moon more than twilight

  4. A- Jasper made my day.
    B- Fans, this thing is dissapointing. Edward acts CREEPY, Bella acts like nothing special and the guy is CORRECT about the Special effects. They are RIDICULOUS.

  5. twighlight the book…..was great a little slow in the middle but great turn out!!! i was really dissapointed with the movie though. they made it look like they didnt have alot of money to make the movie. it was cheasy,and kristen stewart…….go to an acting class!!! it was short too….i really am hoping that new moon is wayy better….taylor lautner on the other hand hes hot and a great actor!! someone with more experince:)

  6. I read the books, and here’s what I thought:
    1) Edward comes off as well, really creepy. Especially in the first book.
    2) Bella is just plain stupid and she always needs someone to rescue her.
    3) These books are in no way better than the Harry Potter series. I don’t care what anyone says. They did not hold my interest the way most books do. It took me three weeks to finish the second book because it was so lame and it pissed me off that Bella constantly puts herself into danger like a stupid little damsel in distress.

  7. OMG GUYS TWILIGHT IS SO LAME AND STUPID AN DUMB!!! OMG EDWARD IS SO CREEPY AND STALKER!!!! OMG BELLA IS JUST SO VAPID AND MINDLESS!!!

    yeah. twilight makes good toilet paper but not much else.

  8. I’m sorry but… it really wasn’t all that great. Girls are making a big deal over nothing.

  9. I was a really big fan of the books, but then I watched the movie and it disapointed me enormously
    and not only that, when it got so popular and all these teenage girls older than me were screaming about how “hot” Robbert Pattison was, I just got put off it.
    But I am still going to watch new moon, it’s by a different director who is used to using CGI so I’m really looking forward to that.. cause the CGI in “Twilight” was laughable

  10. I love the Twilight series and I just can’t wait for the New Moon movie to come out, but I am not an obsessed Twilight fan!

  11. I loved the “Twilight” series!! I also enjoyed the first movie and am anticipating the second movie. I also live in reality and realize that the books and movies are all FANTASY!! It is very good entertainment, but none of it is real. Everyone needs to let Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart live their lives. There are not Edward and Bella. It is sad they I have read they are afraid of their fans. How crazy!!!!

  12. I am sad to say, but I want to marry my Edward Cullens someday!

  13. I apsolutly LOVED the movie!It da best i hav ever seen! I have milions of posters of TWILIGHT in my room! I bet if i did not see this i bet my life would be a disaster! I love Edward Cullen and Carlisle And Jasper and Emmett! I got my friend to see the movie and now she is in love with Mike Newton! So it is one of the best movies i have ever seen!I read the books (all of dem) 3 times so far and watched the movie a milion times!!!!! I LOVE THE MOVIE AND EDWARD CULLEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :)

  14. I love the twilight series, but I also love the harry potter series aswell. I have read each book in the series a total of three times. I have watched the twilight a total of 50 times. Enough to have my dad end up hiding the dvd from me and I have yet to have the dvd back in my hands! That just shows how much I love the series, but I again I love harry potter series!

  15. I’m sorry Tina, but Twilight is L-A-M-E! and Edward is so NOT hot.

  16. Anything and everything about The Twilight Series doesn’t suck!

  17. i totally agree with you, kadie. everything about twilight sucks! i fell asleep through the movie, and the book was so dumb that i burnt it at a school bonfire. everyone cheered!!

  18. I am sorry, but I don’t agree! The twilight series is alwsome!

  19. whooa guys everyone has a differnt opinion of things.. burning the book is a lil over dramatic dont you think ? i mena come on its just a book.. the book is way better then the moive i do agree the movie wasn that awsome but the book was great.. i love it cuz there’s not limits to ur imagination on it . i like the books.

  20. Burning of anything shows dis respect for the creater and that for me is just wrong!!!

  21. i love twilight and waiting for new moon…………

  22. NEW MOON COMES OUT IN 3 days!!!!!!!

  23. hey guys looks like you all have been busy keeping up with the new moon count down .. i was so exceited to see new moon that i bought my tickets early just like the way i did for twilight buttttt major fender bender !! i have a wrestling turnment the day it comes out /: so i had to give my tickets away ]: i was dying for about a week and a half so im counting on you guys to give me the heads up on how the the first showing goes and whats up with the movie [: but dont give out any details im still gonna see it dow [:

  24. twilight is way cooler
    i love it!
    Edward’s character is definitely making me in love!
    haha! awesome!

  25. So i am wondering if Bella and Edward are dating?? They say no but there may be more

  26. Bril review, i agree with just about everything, for me the movie was just… dull… and boring… i agree with everything said here, and btw i’d burn the book just for the fun of burning something =D
    it’s not ‘disrespect’, obviously the guy really hates it lol but whatever, you either love it or hate it, i personally, hate it. bleh. Great review.

  27. I my opinion andrea burning a book is disrespect, Brei, No problem. I won’t say a word about the midnight showing that I am going to of new moon and to the person who said that if you like twilight than your retard, well I have been called numbers of times retard, but I am not retard. So there!

  28. 1 DAY left!!

  29. I can’t wait to see New Moon tomorrow. Yeah, it looks like it is going to be awesome. I loved the books and the last movie. But, I have to say, it is just fantasy people……pure and simple entertainment. Let Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart live their own REAL life. Edward and Bella are characters. If Rob and Kristen want to date each other, then so be it, but if they do not want too, then let them live peaceful. Some people really need to learn to separate REAL life from fake fantasy!!!!