Thursday, June 18, 2009

Twilight (2008)

All right, so I have finally given in and seen Twilight thanks to the wife's new Netflix account. Where to start. The film is good. Its shot well, the drained color palette set by the cold filters that were used makes for dreary and dreamlike imagery, and the acting is pretty good. Each of the characters are interesting in their own "Im a misunderstood and marginalized highschool student, and I play by my own rules" sort of way, and the angsty teen romance is "cute." I just wasnt overly interested at any point. What I appreciated most about was the scene where Bella is introduced to whatever the hell the guy's name is' family, with the humorous and humanizing effect it lends the film. What I grew tired of was the rival vampire clan and the (anti) climactic battle. Kristen Stewart is ok in her role, but the guy just looks too freakish and obviously stands out with his constant scowl and pale complexion. I also had trouble buying into the characters due to the scripted dialogue that was far from naturalistic and bordered on a serial drama like 90210. I do like the mythology that the film offers, and the unique world that it is being set up, so I am willing to continue with the series, and I hope a second viewing will offer a more positive outlook on the original. I cant fault the hordes of prepubescent teens for drooling over this one, and there is plenty that the film does well, so this ones gets a "B" in my book and is worth checking out. Just be sure to bring your emo eyeliner and a box of tissues. A teen moves in with her father in a small town, and falls in love with an alluring local that turns out to be a vampire.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 0/10.



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8 comments:

  1. I am desperately trying to avoid this movie!

    - Zac

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  2. I have to agree with Zacery on this one. I have vowed not to see it. So, BTW - thanks so much for the reviw.....you just saved me a few hours of my time.

    What a guy you are!

    Cheers!

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  3. I never wanted to see this one. But, my wife borrowed a copy from her sister and I finally gave in and watched it with her. Though not my favorite movie... I was surprised to find it was okay.

    Carl, you are a brave man with this review. I would expect the death threats to start rolling in.

    JM

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  4. I knew it was only a matter of time before I watched this one, but I secretly feared I would really like the film and I would become the leader of the Twilight revolution. I woke up sweating from that nightmare often.

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  5. Don't forget your razorblades and bad poetry too. Come on now Carl, it's not like it was Legends of the Fall...

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  6. I STILL NEED TO GIVE THIS ONE AGO, I DO FEEL IT BELONGS AT THE DRIVE IN, SO I MIGHT NEED TO PUT DOWN MY SHIELD AGAINST IT AND BRING IN THE TEEN BOPPER FLICK, HEY THE DRIVE IN WAS FOR DATE MOVIES TO....

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  7. I'm glad someone liked this one. I didn't dig this one at all and just felt really bored throughout. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show did all this stuff before - and a whole lot better than TWILIGHT. But I respect that you liked this one. Personally, this franchise isn't catered for someone like me.

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  8. Id say I respect it over liked it. It was ok, and there were aspects that I liked, but overall it wasnt a film that suits my tastes either. Im willing to give anything two views though to see if the hype was enough to spoil the original viewing.

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