(In answer to a request from a most appealing young lady, Samantha)
In a tradition almost begun by Anne Rice, and under the able direction of another lady, Catherine Hardwicke, Twilight administers to that ages-old yearning, there is no male sentience wholly immune to the dearest of the genders’ charms. Even the Fall of the angelic host from heaven was somewhat delayed, due to accounts, by attraction to their beauty. Adding to this bonfire of suspicion both the novel, (by Stephanie Meyer) and its able adaptation to the screen (by Melissa Rosenberg) capture in their portrayals how the ladies themselves might become fascinated, as well (not just in hypnotic trance) but by the extraordinary power they might think to subdue.
Not so incredible if one but reflects on “the face that launched a thousand ships” of man’s past (and before horses became more prized as booty to the warrior.) Well, let’s just leave that little piece out this…for poetic concerns, at least.
The casting of this film is superb, a very important ingredient where performances require intensities demonstrated at the level of Greek tragedy. Where emotional inflections must range from the most savage to the most tender, sometimes from the same actor. And you see this accomplished beautifully by a number of performances. Helped by excellence in lines the scriptwriter provides, easily the best performance is served in the role of “non- vegetarian” vampire, James. Here, Cam Gigandet provides fascinating delivery and gives viewers someone to keep an eye on for upcoming starship. Yet, the lead roles, those of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are served superlatively by the lovely Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The chemistry allowed between these two is convincing.
Several of the supporting performances are notable. Most so is that of “huntress” vampire, Victoria, played by the lovely Rachelle Lefevre. The viewer is left in high hopes of seeing her in further sequels.
Author Meyer seems to have the dynamic for furthering interest in any such sequels by the scope and novelty of her writing. We see her adhere to many elements of legend vampiremania and when she departs from the usual myths, the reasons are both well explicated and useful to an interesting storyline.
Twilight is presumed fare for general audiences and comes highly recommended by audiences and reviewers alike. Let’s hope it doesn’t attempt to trade too much on this regard in the future sequels.