Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Movie (No Spoilers)


The long awaited Twilight movie is here!!! I caught the 1:00 show today so as to avoid twittering young'uns and that was successful for the most part.
So, what did I think?
The movie is BEAUTIFUL. Lots of stunning cinematography. The casting is well done with the exception of the most ridiculous Jasper they could've possible found. I thought Kristen Stewart did a good job Bella'ing, and let's just all say it together...Rob Pattinson as Edward is HOT. Charlie was even funnier and more delightfully awkward in the movie than he was in the book, and Billy was awesome. Jacob? Potential to be hot in the next installment. We'll see. Pattinson might be enough to bring me over to Team Edward, though.
So, the bad parts: horrible fast running effects. They could've at least tried to make it appear as if the vampires' feet were touching the ground. Edward looked a little bit like a disco ball in the sun (thanks for that comparison Sassymonkey). Aside from the effects, as one might expect there were lots of angsty close ups and swoony eyes. There were overtly funny parts and some funny parts that weren't actually supposed to be funny. Sort of cringeworthy in those spots.
Overall? Fun! Good escapism...and definitely worth watching if you liked the books. However, I think it'll be a mixed bag of reviews, much like this one, when all is said and done.
Note: The soundtrack kicks ass. I bought it on the way home. My favorite Muse song, "Supermassive Black Hole" made it into the film. Woot!

25 comments:

  1. First - Team Edward! Yes! Join us!

    Second - way to avoid the shrieking hordes. Can I ask what theater you went to?

    Third - yeah, most reviews are not that great, but I wasn't expecting anything great. Critics never have anything good to say anyway.

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  2. LOL, Jen! Team Edward is looking really good right now. I went to a theater out in the sticks where I live (Greenville, TX...not to be confused with Greenville Ave.). It was good for what it is. I think it might've been more powerful in the hands of a different director.

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  3. I'm going to a show in Atlanta tomorrow night with my BFF and some others. I've quite enjoyed the reviews, actually; a few have actually made me lol for real. There was one on MTV.com that said the makeup on the vampires was so bad, they looked like really fey mimes. Or something to that effect. But I'm pretty snarky about my love for Twilight. :)

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  4. My first thought was "What does she mean by 'No Spoilers'?" Who on the planet EARTH doesn't know what this is all about yet? ;) (by the way: security had to intervene at the showing my daughter went to tonight - actual yelling matches between Team Edward v. Team Jacob. buncha crazy moms...er...I mean teenagers.)

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  5. LOL, Jessi. I read some of the MTV stuff and they made me giggle out loud, too.

    Stacey, I'm sure there's at least one person that's out of the loop and with my luck they would have my head for giving it away! lol And holy crap re: security. Probably was the moms. They get so territorial about Ed and J.

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  6. I am glad you mostly liked the movie! I can't wait to see it. Oh, and I am totally Team Jacob but if Edward is as hot as you say in the movie than I may have to switch sides, too! LOL!

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  7. Go Team Edward!

    I heard one reviewer say it best - for fans of the books it will be a four star movie, for everyone else two stars.

    Discoball Edward! I think Mattel should totally market that...

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  8. I'm absolutely amazed by how much I'm enjoying the Twilight saga. I never in a million years thought I'd be swept away like I am. Now, I can't wait to see the movie after your review!

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  9. The girls and I saw it last night and I loved it. I think I was so prepared to find it cheesy that I was very pleasantly surprised. I didn't think the running scenes were so bad, actually. And Robert Pattinson as Edward? Perfect! I'm getting the soundtrack, too.

    Just blogged my reaction if you're interested.

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  10. Wow, this is the first review of the movie to actually make me think of parting with $10 to go see it instead of waiting for dvd (and I've read several positive as well as negative reviews ;).

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  11. Booknerd, you mayyyy be a little disappointed in their Jacob casting. He's so litte! But then again, Jacob was little in the first book and then he magically grew up and got huge and wolfish. Rawwr! I think I might have to go see the movie again on Tuesday. hehe

    Sassy, that's a good point! I give it 3.5. Definitely a lot of fun. Enough that I'll probably see it again and will definitely buy it when it comes out. Mattel will make a cool million off disco Edward. lol

    Thanks, Bellezza! I'm SO glad you like the series!! It really is a wonderful romp. I'm thinking of shirking my review responsibilities for a few days to re-read Twilight. I'm having a hard time remember what they left out of the movie because I read the book so long ago. What book are you on?

    Tammy, you'll love the soundtrack. I've had it going ever since I got in the car with it yesterday. Pattinson sings a song on it and it's awesome!

    LOL, Amee! I'm honored! I hope you like it if you decide to take the plunge.

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  12. I've been reading New Moon all day, having read Twilight last summer. I'm so hooked I'll have to start in again after church tomorrow. It's amazing to me, that there's a high degree of morality in my opinion, even though we're talking about vampires and werewolves...maybe the better word is integrity, but anyway, I love the books so far.

    And, it makes me smile that my highly educated, highly opinionated, highly "moral" mother loves them too: at age 74. ;)

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  13. Bellezza, I wholeheartedly agree. They are very moral books. As the series progresses that comes into focus even more. You'll see! :) I'm glad you, and your mother (!!!) are enjoying them!

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  14. Here I am to see what you had to say!

    I'll probably end up with the soundtrack, maybe for Christmas or something.

    I'm still loving the guy they picked for Jacob. I may switch to his team. :) I can't believe people would get into shouting matches at the theater. That would have been fun-ish to see!

    Anyway, glad you liked it!

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  15. Seriously? You are the only person I know on Team Jacob with me - you can't leave me here by myself!!!

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  16. Suey, I think Jacob will be even cuter in the next one. Can't wait!

    Elizabeth, I don't think I'll be leaving you for good...just when a movie comes out. Then I'll re-read the book and fall right back in bookish love with Jacob! *swooooon*

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  17. Hubby and I stopped off and picked up the soundtrack on the way home after seeing the movie.

    I was really surprised that my husband liked it. Of course, I whined about it all weekend preparing him for the worst. LOL I liked it too overall, although I think going in with low expectations helped in my case.

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  18. I'm glad you liked it. I was hesitant to see it because I loved the books so much. Hopefully I can see it if it comes to our little theater over here.

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  19. LOL, Wendy! One of the guys from Match.com may go with me to see it next weekend. I've been talking it down to him a bit just in case.

    I hope you get to see it, Nik! It's fun, but of course it can't hold a candle to the book. I'm re-reading and I'm just as on the edge of my seat as I was the first time.

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  20. Pattinson might be enough to bring me over to Team Edward, though.

    Oh, I agree. I like him so much better in the movie... (We'll see about Team Edward until the next movie, though.)

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  21. Sounds like it's a bit cheesy in places but I still can't wait to see it! Found out it'll be released in Japan in April 2009.
    But hearing so much about the movie lately made me finally grab New Moon off the shelf this weekend and I flew through it! Wish I had time to read the last 2 as well.

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  22. I can't wait to see this. There is already talk of making a sequel as it opened really strongly at the cinema.

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  23. Are you guys kidding? The movie would have been better in clay-mation! The actors did all they could- but the editing, dialog and directing were the worst I've seen in any movie lately- not just because it was not true to the book.

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  24. Melissa, Pattinson looks a lot like I'd pictured (maybe better). I can imagine ogling him for long periods of time. lol

    Yay, Nat! I'm glad you had the time to tackle New Moon, and I hope you like the rest of the series. That last book is an arguable one for many fans it seems, but a very interesting ending to the series. I hope you love the movie when it comes out!

    Rhinoa, I know! They have to make New Moon! Have to!

    Sarah, I agree with you that the direction could've been done much better. In fact, I hope they get a new director(s) if they adapt the rest of the books. As for the dialogue, it did make me cringe at times, but it's lifted from the book for the mostpart. Again, a result of weird direction at times I do believe. Claymation is a thought!

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