Directed by Catherine Hardwicke and based on the best selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight tells us the story of a young girl that falls in love with a guy with a very unusual secret – he’s a vampire!
Robert Pattinson plays the role of Edward Cullen – a vampire that attracts the attention of Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart. And that’s only the beginning!
After becoming the new stepdaughter to a minor league baseball player, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) leaves her mother and her new stepfather to travel and decides to live with her father in a small town called Forks – a town she hasn’t been to in years and a town so small the sun rarely shines over it! Trying to avoid being in the spotlight at her new school, Bella is quickly focusing all her attention on the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) – one of five of a small group of rich, very “un-interactive” teenagers who are the foster children of the town’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli).
Besides being rich and beautiful, the Cullens are also considered “weird” amongst the students of
High School due to the fact that they keep to themselves, never eat and uh, date “each other”. After their first encounter, Edward leaves Bella with feelings of both anger and perplexity (and question of her own personal hygiene) and she is then determined to know what exactly it is that makes him “different”. With Edward playing her own superman the one day and her worst enemy the next, Bella is finally given the clue she’s been looking for by an old family friend and she confronts Edward about his secret. After many unsuccessful attempts to resist and also being just as equally fascinated by this stubborn human, Edward finally gives into temptation and can’t help himself but to confirm her theory and soon they start their exciting, but fatal romance.
I must admit, if I hadn’t read the book first, I would have had a much different opinion. Even though I did enjoy the movie, I was a little disappointed with the little dissimilarity between the two. Many of the characters were exactly as I pictured them – except for Edward Cullen. I’m definitely not blaming the actor though – I really enjoyed his performance. This one I’m putting all on the director. Edward Cullen in the movie didn’t keep me as curious and fascinated as the Edward Cullen in the book. I really think the script was rushed. And to point out, there were a few other things different from the book, too! Did I see Rosalie biting on something other than flesh there at the lunch table? Like a French fry? Also, the extra audience at the official meeting of the rest of the Cullens?
The book made it impossible to put down as I shared all the exact same feelings of confusion, butterflies, curiosity and even fear that Bella had experienced – unfortunately I can’t say the same for the movie. The basics of the book are covered, but I really would’ve enjoyed it much more if I saw more of her clumsiness and more of him keeping her curious just a little longer. But other than that, I still enjoyed it. I still feel like hunting a vampire myself, begging to be transformed. The soundtrack was very good, no complaints there! But would others enjoy it? Yes they would! If you’ve read the book, you’ll understand much more of what’s going on but a little bit of romance mixed with a little bit of action – Twilight is a movie for all audiences.
Twilight is only the first of the four best selling series of Stephenie Meyer – I hope I get to enjoy the movies to follow just as much as I enjoyed the books that followed.