Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Twilight

Okay, just finished 'previewing' my latest Netflix movie. I've had Twilight saved in my queue since it was out in theatres, and bumped it to the top, returning a movie just in time so that I would have a perfectly orchestrated delivery of it on opening day. Then it just sat at my house for four more.

I am having some friends over to watch it on Thursday, but figured I'd want to see it more than once anyway. Yes, I know that the reviews were very disappointing, but here are my thoughts on it.

First, I watched both the version with the commentary and without. I was throughly entertained by the commentary, because both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were involved and were very humble about the version of the movie that made it into viewers' hands. The commentary made the movie very endearing, and I was laughing more than once about their frank self-awareness, such as Pattinson's assertion that you should never trust a man that wears lipstick and plucks his eyebrows or Stewarts embarassment about the number of times that her eyes crossed unwittingly.

Edward and Bella have great chemistry, the kiss is executed very well, and Ms Meyer even ensured that we see a less steamy version that what was originally presented to her; which is in keeping with the books, as (and this won't spoil anything, don't get your panties in a twist) they have a young adult target audience, so aren't intented to be soft porn. Ya garbage minds.

When Jasper meets Bella at the house, he looks like he's constipated, and when Edward meets Bella the first time, it's comical instead of heady and romantic. Ah well...I assumed before watching it that it didn't have a lot of money and the next movie is bound to have a bigger budget (which they also talked about in the commentary) so it's only going to get better.
The special effects were pretty cheesy, but the baseball scene was fun.

Overall I felt like it did its job; I wasn't expecting The Godfather or Gone With the Wind. It's entertaining and cheesy and I would HIGHLY recommend reading the book first because it's just always better. Am I going to watch it again? Yep. And I may just buy it.

What?! J owns some doozies and has viewed more B movies than I've seen episodes of Sex and the City, so there will be no judgements in this house.
*As a funny coincidence, my sister published an almost identical post at almost the same time...and we didn't even know that the other person was watching the movie!

8 comments:

Maggie said...

I saw the movie in the theater and just got my pre-ordered DVD in the mail. I just finished watching the "non-commentary" version and very much look forward to the commentary and other special features! I thought Jasper's facial expressions were hilarious. I definitely think you need to have read the book to really appreciate the movie. And Edward, such a dreamy vampire...

Crafty Mama said...

I'm seeing it at a friend's on Friday. I haven't finished all of the books yet, I'm about halfway through Eclipse.

Sally HP said...

Maggie, I'll be buying it too ;) I completely agree about the good casting for Edward because when I was reading Twilight, I saw a clip of the movie and I was really glad I did because the depiction of him in the book just wasn't sexy to me...a skinny cold person...hmmm...Crafy, you're in a perfect place, as long as you've read Twilight, you're golden

Maggie said...

I also think you can't be too serious while watching the movie. Parts that were goofy worked well - like Jasper's expressions - of course he looks all strained because he still has a hard time being near humans. OK, can you tell I'm a die-hard? I should stop commenting.

Mommy to Tyler & Kendall said...
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Sally HP said...

Sorry, I posted on my friend's computer, so it came up wrong...Maggie, I loved it too, but where's the fun if you can't mock it a little :)

Alex Elliot said...

I can't wait to see it!

Crafty Mama said...

Ok. I saw the movie last night and it was entertaining. Robert Pattinson's "Edward" was much more attractive than what I was picturing in my head. As always, the book was MUCH better with more detail and backstory on other characters. And yes, Jasper looked ridiculous back at the house! I'll definitely see New Moon when it comes out.