Twilight is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to an unfamiliar town with her dad. At her new school, she meets a handsome, pale-faced boy named Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson. Later on, Bella discovers that the Cullen family is actually a bunch of vampires who sparkle in sunlight. So why aren’t they sparkling all the time?
This is a romantic film that isn’t romantic at all. There are many lengthy boy-girl scenes where Bella and Edward are alone in the woods or at home, but I don’t know why they are in love in the first place. Sure, Edward saved Bella’s life, but he is a cold-blooded, emotionless vampire, so why would he want to save anybody? Maybe I can try to answer my own question by saying “love is blind”, or “it was love at first sight”, or “Bella is special”, but it’s still very difficult to sit through huge chunks of romantic scenes when the on-screen romance is not convincing enough.
The biggest problem here is the performances from the two main leads. I understand that Bella and Edward are supposed to be anti-social kids who don’t like to talk much, so in that way their emotionless acting fits the roles. However, you want to see some spark between the two when they are together, and not the sparks that emit from Edward’s body. I try to comfort myself again and say that Edward is afraid of hurting Bella because of vampire-related complications that are explained in the film. If that is the case, Bella should run for her life.
Twilight is very well shot but there were a few scenes with bad CGI. The wire work was also very obvious when vampires are running and jumping around. There was only one action scene in the entire film that’s worth mentioning, and it was very messy and poorly executed. I think I would have enjoyed this film a lot more if all the horror and action aspects of the plot were removed. However, I did like the way certain songs were incorporated into the film, especially during the earlier half. The score by Carter Burwell is decent, and adds to the cold atmosphere of the film.
So Twilight is not a good movie, but it isn’t bad either. There was some stuff with Taylor Lautner’s character that seems to be hinting towards a sequel (or possibly ten more sequels), but do I want to watch more Twilight movies? Not really. If you have read the novel and are curious to see what the movie adaptation looks like, go right ahead. If you want to watch a good movie, you’ve come to the wrong place.