Twilight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Twilight is an action-packed; modern day love story between a vampire and a human. Bella swan (kristen stewart) has always been a little bit different; never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of forks; washington; she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful edward cullen (robert pattinson); a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty; he sees straight into her soul. Soon; bella and edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion; he can stop a moving car with his bare hands and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires; he's immortal. But he doesn't have fangs; and he doesn't drink human blood; edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice. To edward; bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for a soul mate. But the closer they get; the more edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent; which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will edward & bella do when james (cam gigandet); laurent (edi gathegi) and victoria (rachelle lefevre); the cullens' mortal vampire enemies; come to town; looking for her?
The big-screen adaptation of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire romance, is aimed squarely at its key demographic: teen girls whose idea of Prince Charming is a brooding, pale, undead teen who could kill you instantly at any moment. Such a prince is more fascinating than frightening to new girl Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to the rainy-gray town of Forks, Wash., to live with her dad (Billy Burke), the local sheriff who's puzzled by a series of "animal attacks." On her first day at school, Bella appears to (visibly) nauseate her lab partner, Edward (Robert Pattinson). Turns out the scent of her blood is this vampire's "brand of heroin," and his struggle not to kill her causes an irresistible pull toward her. Whether he's attracted for the normal reasons or because she smells especially sweet to him is vague in the book and even less clear on-screen; nonetheless, Bella falls hopelessly in love with Edward, which sets her on a dangerous path when a few nomad vampires show up in town, one particularly keen on tracking the human. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), Twilight is full of funny moments--not all of which are intentional--and the casting, from Stewart to Bella's self-absorbed friend Jessica (Anna Kendrick) is spot-on. The weakest link, unfortunately, is Pattinson. While he certainly looks the part, his Edward could have used an extra injection of testosterone (Pattinson, who is British, used James Dean as a model for his American accent). In scenes where he growls about the temptation to kill those who would harm Bella, or flitting around a forest warning her how dangerous he is, he comes off more like a whimpering puppy than a debonair monster. The good news is, his chemistry with Stewart (particularly in their big kissing scene) is palpable, which, let's face it, is really what matters to Twilight fans most. --Ellen A. Kim
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Now years later and the book well in the back of my memory I was able to enjoy the movie for the beauty of the cinema and the love story on its own merit. I especially enjoyed that they told the story in its entirety. There was a lot missing in the original airing which really detracted from the story. It's well worth it to invest in the extended version.
Critics have criticized Kristen Stewart for bad acting, but I thought she was awfully brave considering the role she was given, and some of the schmaltzy lines. The film would not have worked if she had been less than credible, and she was a better Bella than in the book. I didn't always like Bella in the book - I thought her selfish, sometimes stupid, and irrational, and though those characteristics are still apparent in the book, Kristen Stewart sill makes Bella a likable character.
Good grief, I love the setting. I never thought too much of the setting, though I read the book, but the setting was wonderful. Enormous slender trees and clouds, which entirely block out the sun. The setting is so personal to the story.
This is really Kristen Stewart's film. She is wonderfully awkward, pretty in a way even she cannot believe, and in so many ways a normal sympathetic girl. Her attire defies sexiness, but she is unusual, captivating enough for Edward Cullen to pay attention - and not just because she smells good. If the audience could not relate to her, the film would not have done as well. She is a very good actress for being able to carry the complexity of the role - and I think the role is more complex than most realize, and Kristen Stewart found the right touch.
I really enjoyed the film. And my friends - who had never heard of the book and were humoring me with seeing this film - well, they kept wanting to see the next film, and one was so hooked on the story, she went to Barnes and Noble, and read every book.
If you haven't read the stories, I encourage you to do so. Regardless, this film will be a treasured part of your movie collection and one you'll be sure to watch several times before you'll feel satisfied.
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