Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Review *disappointed sigh*

Let me start by saying... SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT. If you haven't seen the movie and plan to, wait to read this. I don't want to put anything negative in your head for you to pick apart while watching the movie. Although, I feel certain that you will spot the flaws as easily as me and my "coven" did.

I tried really hard to keep my expectations low, or at least in check. When there is this much hype about anything there's really no where to go but down. As a surprise to my coven, I purchased some last minute tickets for the midnight showing. We arrived early to a packed theater of which we were NOT the oldest, by the way. The Summit logo appeared and squealsensued, I may have slipped a little myself. It was apparent from the get go that the acting for this movie was not going to be up to par. I have to give credit to the author. She wrote such explicit detail about Edwards facial mannerisms that it was going to be hard to duplicate on screen, for anyone. But wow! Between his nose covering in the biology class, to the strange look on his face when sucking the venom from Bella's arm he got only a couple of the looks right. When they were right, though, they were fantastic. There is some saving grace to the movie, I promise. Jasper, yikes! In the words of Mommapeas, he looked like he had a tazer up his ass the whole time.

One obvious disappointment to us was the meadow scene. In our humble opinion, this was a crucial part of the story... crucial for their relationship and it missed the mark by miles. The special effects were bad, our "glittering" vampire wasn't spectacular in the least. I've heard it described as no better than the body shimmer used in a Gay Pride parade. It just wasn't magical. Laying in the meadow looked awkward. His legs looked broken. It wasn't sunny or dramatic enough to put the relationship over the breaking point.

Being a music lover, I have thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack, outside of maybe 2 songs I really, really like it and believe that a soundtrack can make or break a movie. While the music itself was good, it just wasn't used right. Hard to explain but again something that fell short.

The editing was bad, it was choppy and the special effects, were laughable. It just never meshed together well.

Now, for the good. As I mentioned before, when Edward got the look right, it was fan-freakin'-tastic, it made me remember for a brief second how much I loved the book, the story and the Twilight world I have been living and breathing for the past 2 months. The baseball scene was great and the ballet studio was probably my favorite, I think that's mostly because I am now more in love with the dirty, bad boy Vampire, James, than good boy Edward. His acting was probably better than anyones in the movie, and it had me wishing that he would have me for a snack, and not just to put me out of my misery... The kissing scene was also very good and gave us a little more than what was in the book. Something us "TwilightMoms" had been hoping for. We are starting a petition for a more adult, sexed up version of this series.... Who's with us?

So if you have resisted the urge to skip through and send me some hate mail, and are still reading, I will say. Go see it, just keep your expectations low and don't nit pick - it's very different than the book. The story ends up the same, but getting there is different and some times painful. Oddly enough, today, what I find myself thinking about are all of those really good parts, and even more oddly enough, I am dying to go see it again. How is that possible?


Seis said...

I had to read it. Couldn't help it. I never think the movie is as good as the book, but I want to see it anyway. Cold Mountain and Butcherboy are the only movies I have ever seen that were close to as good. I'll post my review. At least I am going in now with realistic expectations.

Is it bad that even if I don't like it, I still want them to make a sequel.

I'm a Mom!..? said...

I want a sequel too - but only if they follow it all the way through to Breaking Dawn, otherwise I need to start moving on for Pete's sake!!!

jmo said...

* You're right, when Edward got it right, he got it VERY right. When he didn't (which was most of the time) it was VERY bad.
*Everytime I saw Jasper, I could only see Edward Scissorhands.
*Disappointed in their choice of Bella. Alice was perfect.

I need a sequel too. I need to see me some werewolves! :-)

Anonymous said...

I have only ever been satisfied with the Keira Knightly Pride & Prejudice and Gone With the Wind when it comes to adaptations. We'll see how they do with New Moon.

Amber B. said...

Totally agree with everything you said. I thought in the meadow scene, his forehead looked sweaty, not glittering. And in the science class, he looked like he was about to vomit. AND Jasper--what the heck? He was terrible the whole time. The kissing scene was good. I kept wondering if the actors had even read the book.

Madie's Mom said...

I didn't read your blog until after I saw it....I went in with no expectations and loved it. I really enjoyed the movie---but knowing they could never recreate what I had created in my head while I was reading it. I thought Edward was not so hot at the beginning of the movie...but by the end oh my...he is HOT! I want to see it again!!!!!

The bad vampire James looked kind of like Bucky (the American Idol guy) to me-Can you see it?

Thanks for turning me onto this fantasy world---I'm a luvin' it!

I'm a Mom!..? said...

Oh No!!! Not Bucky... I'm not even going to google pictures of him to try and compare.... Cam, the guy that plays James is on the cover of Men's Health - Yum!

Seis said...

IT was bad.. to the point that I was laughing at inappropriate times. It sorta ruined the romance for me. Hopefully, when this one makes a ton of money they will get acting lessons for everyone and a better hairstylist. My god, no woman in the south would be seen with yellow hair.