I took the Indie Girl on a date to see Twilight last night, and I think we broke rule number one
1. Never go to a serious movie with 150 hormone-crazed teenage girls.
Then again, maybe I broke rule number two, as well:
2. 30 something year old dads should not be going to chick flicks
Or maybe rule number three:
3. 30 something year old dads should not be reading Chick Lit.
So, I guess I had it coming. On to the movie review: I have rarely seen a movie that has done a book justice…it just doesn’t happen. It’s a testament to the power of the author’s pen. And Twilight might be just another example. Before I launch into any criticisms, I have to say that Twilight may very well be the best movie I’ve seen this year…but considering the only movies I’ve seen at the theater were Wall-E, Indiana Jones and the “We should’ve Stopped at Three Movies”, and High School Musical 3.
That being said, I have a few issues with Twilight:
1. The movie editing and special FX weren’t up to par. But, it wasn’t too distracting, I just have a very strong image of how I pictured the scenes in the book. The Baseball Scene did not disappoint. I hope this movie grosses enough dough for a stronger production company to pick up the next movie.
2. They moved away from the plot a little. Only slightly. Call it a shift in focus from Bella to the vampire invasion and Edward’s conscience.
3. The ending scene with Bella in the Ballroom was not done well. Yeah, I know…it’s the climax, but it just wasn’t done according to the movie. The fight was ok, but they changed the events of the book a little, and put way too much emphasis on Edward…I don’t want to ruin it, so I’ll leave it at that. Twilight aficionados will know what I’m talking about.
4. The little film noire versions of Bella and Edward were too corny. Weird. Just didn’t work.
5. The directors sexed-up the movie a little bit more than I think Stephenie Meyer would have allowed… maybe giving her a cameo ordering a veggie burger was the concession there.
That being said, I really loved the casting…it was perfect. Although, I was sure that Jacob was 13 in the first book…not a husky 18 year old. Besides that, the move was enrapturing and haunting and kept up the mystique of the book.