Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight, The Movie: A Review of Sorts

First, let me just say that I'm easy to please when it comes to books made from movies. I'm very uncritical and I don't worry about the little things. You may want to take that into consideration as you read my thoughts about the movie!

Second, stop reading now if you haven't seen it yet and you want to have your own reaction to the movie before reading anyone else's, because I'll let the "spoilers" fly. BUT, do come back after you've seen it and let me know what you think!

So, yes, I loved the movie! I thought it was great! Here's a list of some of the specific things that I particularly liked:

  • I totally fell in love with Charlie! A character that I didn't think much about as I read the books, but the actor truly endeared him to me. He was fabulous! Perfect!
  • I thought all the Cullens were great. Perfect for the parts... except for Jasper, who was just a little too creepy. He reminded me of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. And I thought Jasper was a fun-loving happy sort of guy. Did I miss something?
  • I wanted to cheer when Carlisle appeared. I have no idea why.
  • I loved how the audience giggled at many different parts simply because we all knew what the characters where thinking. I've never seen that before. Very cool.
  • I loved the "tree flying" scene, which wasn't in the book that I remember anyway. But it worked and I thought it was very cool. And right after, at the piano, also very cool.
  • I thought the fight scene at the end was sufficiently intense. And James was sufficiently scary. Wow.
  • I thought Jacob was great and I can't wait to see tons more of him next movie! I wanted to cheer when he appeared too.
  • I loved how the humor of the situation showed itself quite a bit.
  • There were some cheesy moments too, but I still loved it.
  • Oh, the baseball scene with MUSE's Supermassive Black Hole song playing. So very very cool!
  • I think they did okay with sparkly Edward... it wasn't too overdone or anything. It looked how I imagined.
  • Oh, and I thought it was so cool how they incorporated the cover of the book into a scene! Loved it! :)

Stuff I didn't really like so much:

  • It bugged me that they left out the blood fainting scene. Seems like that wouldn't have been so hard to leave in there!
  • Wow, I was surprised that they actually showed the killing of James!
  • Edward was a little stiff and awkward at times.
  • I didn't like that I missed Stephenie Meyer's cameo! My kids caught it though and I heard the buzz through the audience. What was I looking at instead? I have no idea.
  • The meadow scene. It was just not quite right. It was okay, but a little too different from the book and/or my imagination.

Well, I could probably go on and on, but I'll stop for now. Overall, I thought it was great and I could easily see it again!

So, what'd you think?

P.S. Here's MUSE, Stephenie Meyer's most favorite band, singing Supermassive Black Hole, live. I was able to see them in concert last year and loved it!


  1. I was SO HAPPY that Supermassive Black Hole made the soundtrack! I bought the soundtrack on the way home, by the way. And I'm sorry if you read my review and I'm just repeating myself. My brain is drained.

    I looooved Charlie in the movie. I didn't think about him very much in the books either, but he was definitely a highlight of the movie. The part with the gun cracked me up.

    The baseball game was SO COOL. It was my favorite part.

    James and Victoria were both creeptaculous. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Victoria in New Moon.

    And I was disappointed that the blood/fainting part was left out, too. I had actually forgotten about that part, but I started re-reading the book last night and found it again. I loved that part!

  2. Oh, and I missed Meyer's cameo, too. I will probably go see the movie again (call me nerd!) and I'll watch for her closer this time.

  3. I can be critical of book adaptations but I try to not be too critical even if there are major changes. I really loved Twilight though! Did you know Patterson actually sings one of the songs in the movie?

  4. I caught the cameo, but only because someone gave me a heads up. I think I'm one of the few who liked Edward, but that's because I didn't like him at all in the books, and I liked what Pattenson did with him.

    I agree: the baseball game was the best part.

  5. Andi: Call me nerd too, because I'd love to go again!

    Ladytink: Yes, I did know he sang a couple of songs on the soundtrack, but I didn't pick them out during the movie. See... another reason I have to go again! :)

    Melissa: Interesting that you like Patterson's Edward better than the Edward in your head. I still like the Edward in my head better, but I'm forgetting him!

  6. I loved the movie. I didn't think that Jaspar was that creepy, though I do think he was originally kind of in the background of the first book because of his newness to the "veggie" lifestyle.

    I was really disappointed by the meadow scene as well.

    Charlie's casting was fantastic. I loved him in the movie. Jacob grew on me...and AH EDWARD! He's hotter than I expected...Carlisle made me laugh out loud...the blond doesn't work on him I'm afraid.

    Now I have to watch it again...I missed her cameo too! I must have been too busy staring at EDWARD.

    The music was fantastic in this movie. Some of the scenes I liked in book one were left out though :(



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