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I don't understand why there was a good amount of hate, back when it came out. I'm a 26 year old male. Actually the "professional" film critics on IMDB are the ones that gave them low ratings which I don't understand why. The film has a good soundtrack. The cinematography is great. I like the cool colors the film has. And the acting isn't bad. The main characters were meant to have a cold standoffish act. This is good acting, granted they didn't win any oscars. I liked this movie it's warm, has an simple plot.
I made an effort when this whole series started to watch and read with my grand daughters. Couldn't understand their attraction to these characters at all. When I saw this on prime thought I'd give it another try. Well it's worse for me now. The acting is terrible. The story is terrible. The whole thing is unbelievable. I don't mean vampires are unbelievable, this scenario is totally ridiculous. The two lead characters are wooden. Might as well be watching a tree. The wolves are more interesting and even more believable. Thankfully, the grand kids have moved on to other interests now. I'm getting lessons in K Pop and B'way musicals.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2018
The director Catherine Hardwick is my hero. She worked with Stephanie Meyer on every scene. Too bad she was fired for the rest of them. Beautiful camera work... better character development and story construct. These things seem inconsequential when the first movie of a tent pole grosses an insane amount at the box office, despite the tiny budget the film had. Seems to be a theme when it comes to women who make films, targeted at a female audience. Much closer to the book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018
Stephenie Myer had never written anything before the "Twlight" Series of books. She is a Mormon and a graduate of BYU (Mormon Church University) with a BA in English. She lives in her home town in Arizona with her husband and three children. They also have a home on a small island (6 Acres) in Washington State. (Where the books/film take place) Forks, Wa. is a real place. Located on the Olympic Forest Peninsula . (They get 100 inches of rain a year) During the height of 'Twilight' books & Movies, she was earning 50 million dollars a year. Note she used a popular Mormon phrase in the book and movie: "Remember Who You Are" (Dr Cullen to Edward) Every Mormon family says that to their kids as they go out the door for activities.
A forbidden, dangerous and probably ill-fated teenage romance. It must be a powerful human archetype, because it never fails to draw you in.
Stewart and Pattinson do a great job. I especially like Stewart’s low key and somewhat withdrawn portrayal. It rings true to life in an unexpected way. This romance is believable. Who would have thought!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2012
What can I say about Twilight? I've never bothered much to read the books,or watch the movies for that matter, but I saw girls/women around me in awe about this. Edward this, Edward that, Robert Pattinson here and there. So after watching Vampire Diaries I got curious and started watching Twilight. Within 20 minutes I was hooked. Can't let go anymore, ordered the books, ordered all the movies there are and following everything now very closely.
Feel a little embarrassed because I'm a 35 y/o woman that is totally hooked on the characters (book as wel as the people portraying them on screen) and keep rewatching over and over and over again. I actually feel a bit empty inside when I'm done watching, so I start from the beginning again haha!
I love the story, the special effects in the movie, it's just such a great big love. You shouldn't overthink it all too much. I know people are saying well how stupid is that, she has to die in order to be with him, he is too protective and overbearing. But don't look at that. Look at why she wants to become a vampire and why he acts around her the way he does. It's their love. And that love is amazing and I would wish for everybody in the world.
So read the books, watch the movies. You'll have a lovestory for life :)
3.0 out of 5 starsOn its own not the worst film in the world but compare it to the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2014
On its own not the worst film in the world but compare it to the book it's a bit rubbish. Upon release this film came with the tag line MUST SEE FILM OF THE YEAR nowhere even close. If you have read the books first like I don't bother with this film adaption, in comparison to the book its dark and broody lacking any of the humour in the book and failing to put in some of the most entertaining parts of the book. I thought Robert Pattinson was a dreadful choice to play Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart was just irritating most of the time, at best. The only good thing about this film was the soundtrack, for me it is always book first(with the exception of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Dead Calm by Charles Williams, I preferred their film adaptions)
This is the story of Bella Swan. She used to live in Phoenix with her mum and her stepfather, but decided to move in a small town in Washington called Forks to try to live with her father for a bit. Bella, 17, feels different from the other students, and this is noticeable even by just looking at her features: Extremely pale and beautiful in a different way than other girls. At her school, a family called the Cullens are different. They are all extremely pale and beautiful. They are adopted by the beautiful blond doctor in town and his wife. The family consists of Dr.Carlisle Cullen and Esme, Rosalie and Emmett, Jasper and Alice, and finally the mysterious Edward. Bella and Edward are attracted to each other straight away. The film is very nice, but I have to say that the 4 books from Stephanie Meyer are amazing. Bella senses that Edward is different from her, because of his eye colour changing to gold and black, his speed and strength. She then researches and learns that he is a vampire, as well as his family. He warns her to stay away from him, but they can't. Edward and his family are different than others because they don't feed on human blood, but hunt animals instead. They don't want to be "monsters". However, there are other vampires who are just killers, or more precisely: "trackers". Edward and Alice have a power. He can read people thoughts (except Bella's), and Alice has visions of the future. They can go out during the day, but prefer bad weather, because when it's sunny their skin glows like diamonds and everyone would notice that they don't look natural, hence not human. Bella is not scared because she knows that Edward would never hurt her as well as his family. For Edward it's hard to be too close to Bella, such as kissing her for example, because she's like "his own personal brand of heroin" as he says. It's hard for him, because he would like to drink her blood, but at the same time he loves her. At the end of the film, Bella is still with Edward and would like to be an immortal as well so that they could be 17 and together forever. He asks her if one lifetime is not enough for her, and she replies that for the moment she can live with that. The film explores sexual tension for teenagers very well. It's also a very modern film about friendly vampires as we haven't seen since a long time. Maybe a bit in "Interview with a vampire", or in Buffy, but it's still very different. I recommend it, but if you can, read the 4 books first even if they seem huge, they are amazing and you will read them very quickly as they are extremely entertaining.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2009
I LOVE the book series and at first I found this film a little disappointing - but I watched it about five times with an open mind and tried not to think of the book and began to enjoy it. The deep love and fascination between Bella and Edward is vague and you have to guess how she's feeling and Edward (Robert Pattinson - may he find his way to my pillow as a vampire!) isn't really dangerous enough. If it's true that he was toned down against his wishes - BIG mistake! I think the fault lies with the screenwriting (did any of the production/directing team actually read the book?) - I totally agree with the other reviewers' comments in this area. Kristen Stewart can be irritating when she shows so little emotion, she obviously needs to learn how to open her mouth when she speaks and Edward shins up the most amazing trees with Bella on his back - obviously totally forgetting that she is supposed to be not only accident prone but really scared of the great outdoors! A little more attention to developing the strange obsessesional love story might have helped. The actors are well chosen (Kristen Stewart is exactly as I imagined Bella) - although I'm not too sure about the Carlisle choice - and its just a shame that the screenplay wasn't better. Pity because its a brilliant story - but I shall look out for the other films as I am now hooked on the Twilight series. Hopefully the screenwriting will improve.
As I say don't expect too much - watch the dvd as something removed from the book - if you've already read it - and you'll enjoy it.