Thursday, December 25, 2008


Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Cam Gigandet, Taylor Lautner

"When you can live forever what do you live for?"

I'm not into vampires whether in any works of fiction or movies. Let's just say they hardly figure into my realm of interests. I've also haven't read any of the Twilight books for the precise reason I've stated in the first sentence. Besides all the information I needed to know about the film or the first book for that matter can be concisely found in the FAQ portion for the Imdb entry of Twilight!

Having said that I did manage to grab a copy of the movie and watched it on Christmas day of all days. After a hearty dinner of Noche Buena leftovers, the viewing fare was a teenage love story between a human and a vampire, go figure!

It was fairly entertaining, I'd say. Nothing too serious to merit a tons of questions but neither did the movie take a simplistic approach to narrate the romance. Side plots were laid out in a comprehensive non threatening (meaning they don't intrude into the main storyline) manner. The main characters all had good personality developments. The setting was appropriately bleak befitting a town where vampires felt "safe" to inhabit without drawing too much attention to themselves. Even the makeup was good enough to distinguish the 'others' from the humans. There was enough dramatic moments spliced with special effects in action riddled scenes. I especially liked the thunderous baseball game the Cullens played in that vast field.

I guess my 'only' complaint is that I felt the chemistry between Bella and Edward wasn't as intense as I expected it to be. I figure that Kristen Steward might have been miscast as Bella Swan. In my opinion she came across as too anemic and a bit indifferent as opposed to someone who was willing to give up her 'human' form just to be with Edward Cullen. Oh well let's see if she can add more life into her character in the next film installment of the saga.

In conclusion, I figure for a non Twilight fan the movie was fairly amusing and was an entertaining viewing experience.

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