Twilight (Film)

26 01 2009

The Twilight movie poster

The Twilight movie poster

Release Date: Friday 19 December 2008

Running Time: 121 Minutes

Age Restriction: 13 (With mature accompaniment). Violence

Websites: Official Site, IMDB

Based on the first book of a series, Twilight is the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Steward) and the relationship that develops between her and immortal vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

Bella has been living with her mom after her parents’ divorce, but moves in with her father in a small town when her mom decides to go on the road with her new husband. Her interest is immediately drawn to the unusual Edward Cullen, who initially shows disgust towards her. In the quest to find out more, she discovers that Edward is a vampire, part of a whole family of vampires who have chosen to only eat animal blood.

For some reason, Edward is unable to read Bella’s thoughts (the only person he claims that he is unable to do this to), and this fascinates him. Ultimately a relationship develops between the two, but trouble arrives when a group of nomadic vampires arrive and begin hunting Bella.

Having not read the book that this movie is based on, I still have no trouble recommending that if you liked this movie, you should definitely consider picking up the book. Movies based on books, no matter how great, generally provide less information and exposition on characters etc. than their celluloid counterparts, and thus I personally find the book experience to be much more rewarding.

That being said, this movie is excellent. I really found myself being drawn into the characters and their struggles. First, Bella has to fit into an unfamiliar town, then to try and understand Edward, then as she attempts to get close to him, coming into Edward’s conflict with his desire to keep her at a distance. Himself conflicted with the desire to kill her and drink her blood, Edward must battle his inner animal instinct to protect Bella.

Good acting all round, even minor characters such as Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), who is an old friend of Bella’s when she still lived there with her parents, is well portrayed. As a member of the Quileute tribe of Native-Americans, his tribe and thus himself are mortal enemies of vampires, due to old history between the two groups.

This movie is not an action extravaganza that one might be expecting from a vampire themed movie. This is no Underworld people. Instead, expect a well-written, character driven romance with an unusual twist. Also, since this is based on the first book in the series, don’t expect any concrete endings, but rather an open ending that makes room for the next movie (expected 20 November 2009) in the series.

All in all, I really enjoyed this movie. I am a big fan of movies with strong character development, and Twilight scores high in that respect. It doesn’t hurt that it is well written and acted as well. In general, I didn’t much notice the music, and I suppose this is a good thing, as it doesn’t steal the focus away from the movie itself.

I give this movie 8/10.

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29 01 2009
Brian

Personally i would have given it a nine. The cinematography was well thought out in line with the romance theme

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