Review: Twilight - the movieWednesday, December 10, 2008 By Kavya Thyagarajan
Heading into Twilight , I had low expectations. Movies are never as good as the books. The publicity photos of a demented Edward, perpetually confused Bella, and Rosalie with overprocessed hair were only making me not want to see it at all. Plus all the hype turned the movie into somewhat of a big deal. Twilight , based on the bestseller by Stephenie Meyer, is a supernatural love story about a girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves from her sunny and much-loved home of Phoenix, Arizona to the rainy, eternally gloomy town of Forks, Washington, to live with her dad. Although she is well-received and everyone loves her, Bella doesn’t appreciate the attention. She is soon surprised to find herself interested in one of the Cullens, an extremely beautiful, yet strange family. She falls for Edward (Robert Pattison). Although Edward is cold to her at first, she never loses interest. After several strange incidents and some help from her Quileute friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), learns that Edward isn’t completely human. As Edward and Bella fall deeper in love, she is put in danger by the secret that she’s learned. On a fateful night of baseball, she is made the prey of a hunt. Overall, the movie was enjoyable except it left out some scenes in the book and added extra ones to make more sense, but that’s only to be expected from a movie inspired by a novel. If you’re expecting the movie to follow the book exactly, you will be disappointed. The first half of the movie seemed overdone and overdramatic, while the second half was action packed and intense, with a little humor sprinkled throughout. I think the movie did a good job of conveying the basic message of the book and the relationship Edward and Bella develop. Although the movie was 2 hours long, it seemed very condensed.