Filed under: Billy Burke, Carlisle Cullen, Charlie Swan, Edward Cullen, Jackson Rathbone, Jasper Hale, Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson
Woo 100th Post !
I saw Twilight for the 10th time last night… I really noticed Billy Burke and Peter Facinelli while I was watching. Billy was really good, and Peter is kinda hot ! And also Jasper is awesome.
But still, Edward is just pure awesome (:
Filed under: Bella Swan, Carlisle Cullen, Charlie Swan, Jacob Black, Robert Pattinson | Tags: blog, review, Twilight
Note to self: Never never never never never ever watch a movie made for teenagers in the theater on a Sunday afternoon again. Ever.
(I would like to apologize beforehand for the rant that is inevitably going to follow.)
Boy, was that annoying! I was never like this as a teenager. And I’m not just saying that.
Okay, so what happened? I went to see Twilight. See, I’ve never seen this theater in Cologne close to sold out except late on Saturday evenings. Because usually German teenagers aren’t interested in watching movies in English. Well… obviously a whole lot of German teenage girls wanted to know what Robert Pattinson sounds like in English. And giggle and whisper and sigh whenever he says something. Or moves his head. Or his eyes. Or just… is.
See, I am like Charlie. I like my solitude. I like things simple and quiet. I don’t like the crunchy popcorn or the doritos with cheese sauce. I enjoy a movie best when I can sink into it and forget that I’m sitting in a stuffy room with a couple hundred other people. Kinda hard to do that when you’re trapped in between two giggly 16-year-olds on the left and five or six even gigglier 16-year-olds on the right, and more in front of you and behind you. You don’t know how much I’m looking forward to watching Twilight again on DVD in a few months–alone, where there is no teenage snickering ruining every scene that Edward is in.
Having said that… let’s take a look at the actual movie. (Oh, and by the way, this contains spoilers.) My first impression? I liked it quite a lot. But I didn’t love it unconditionally. I’m trying not to let my annoyance with the teenage ruckus cloud my opinion, because I still did enjoy the movie a whole lot. But… I have a few buts.
But #1: Robert Pattinson. This time I don’t mean the effect he had on the girls. I just didn’t connect with Edward the way I think I should have. I would even go as far as saying I don’t think Robert is a very good actor. (To his defense, I’ve only seen him in Harry Potter and Twilight so far.) Most of the time, especially in the beginning, it was like Robert was overdoing it. Edward felt fake, didn’t feel natural. Of course you could argue that a vampire isn’t supposed to feel natural, but all the other vampires felt way more natural than Edward.
While we’re talking about feeling natural, Mike Newton felt natural. Jacob Black felt natural. Charlie felt natural. Bella felt… natural enough. She wasn’t clumsy enough, if you ask me. But I guess it would have been weird for the movie if she’d tripped over her own feet all the time.
But #2: The score. I think when you watch a movie and it has a good score, you’re either supposed to not notice it much or notice it in a positive way. Not here. There were a few times where I frowned because I didn’t think the score fit the scene or the atmosphere. I can’t even really say why or recall when exactly, I can just say that it didn’t feel right more than once. Though I did quite like that they picked Linkin Park as the end credit song.
But #3: The angles. Some of it was filmed at weird angles and had weird camera pans and cuts to the point where it felt choppy. It’s hard to put your finger on, but some of these cuts were like something out of a large-budget action movie. Twilight isn’t supposed to feel like an action movie. The scenes where they showed Edward’s superhuman speed were a little over the top. The tree-climbing? Didn’t work for me. Edward’s a vampire, not a monkey.
But #4: And this isn’t even a true but. Carlisle. Whoa. He was probably the character that surprised me the most visually. I had pictured him TOTALLY different. For one, I thought he would look older. Not like an aged man or anything, just… older. I also thought Jasper’s hair was bordering on the ridiculous. It got a whole lot of giggles out of the girlies too. I wanted to look away whenever I saw him because the hairdo was so bad. I don’t know what they were trying to do. Make him look unhumanly beautiful? Sorry, but that obviously failed–at least on me. Actually, I also thought Edward’s bird’s nest hair also looked kinda weird.
So let’s talk about the things I liked. Michael Welch. He was wonderful. Goofy. Natural. Cute. He owned Mike Newton. And he had more screentime than I thought he would have. Not so much in the last half of the movie, but he was in the first half quite a few times. I also liked Billy Burke as Charlie. And I loved Taylor Lautner as Jacob. I’m really glad he’ll be back for New Moon. He’ll have a whole lot more screentime in it too.
As for the movie itself, cinematographic hiccups aside, the atmosphere, the feel, the setting, that all fit very well. I was positively surprised by the Cullen’s house, in my imagination it had been more like a huge palace, like an old, refurbished mansion. But I quite liked what they showed in the movie. Also, Edward’s Volvo? I thought it would be more like the V50 or V70. The C30’s nice too, though. I loved the scenes where they showed Edward’s skin glittering. If only the girlies hadn’t giggled through all of it, I might have been able to fully enjoy the kind of magical beauty of it. Oh, and I LOVED the baseball game. So much better than what I had pictured when I read the book.
Maybe I should say a word or two about the bad guys. Cam Gigandet as James didn’t quite do much for me. He was just… there. I mean, yes, of course he was menacing when he attacked Bella. He just wasn’t… special. I loved Victoria, though. She certainly had a presence (if it wasn’t for that ridiculous fake, white furry rag she was wearing). I’m not all that impressed with the wardrobe for the movie, I have to say.
Oh, and uh… Kristen? Please eat. You look like you could use a pound or two more on your bony frame.
What still weirds me out when I think about it is seeing Mike Welch on the big screen and then thinking back to how we sat at The Waffle in LA, having dinner with him and his mom last October. It’s kinda strange that I know the guy in person, and knowing he knows who I am (which he might have forgotten in the meantime…).
Last but not least, did I think the movie lived up to the book? No. Did I think the movie did the book justice? Yes, as much as a 90-minute movie can do a 434 page book justice. Which isn’t to say it couldn’t have been made into a better script, but it certainly felt well executed and, I guess, as true to the book as possible.
All in all, I’m looking forward to buying the DVD and to watching it again. I’m also looking forward to the sequel (NOT on a Sunday afternoon). If I had to rate it, I’d give the movie a 7 out of 10.