Twilight

We watched “Twilight” with JBQ last night on Blu-Ray. We both really liked the movie. We liked it so much, that we also watched all the extras too, and started re-watching the movie too. I don’t believe we have EVER in our 8 years together we re-watched a movie within hours from the moment we finished watching it the first time!

The movie was very entertaining, romantic and well-paced (especially the first half). It was interesting to see that the author, script writer, director and editor were all women. The movie just felt genuine about the feelings it strives to awake. I think this is the best romantic movie I have ever seen in my life. It coupled my love for fantasy with romance elegantly (something that other boring Hollywood romantic dramas don’t do).

The movie deserved a much better average rating on IMDb. I think it’s so low (6.1/10) because the people who mostly vote on such sites are young males, and they probably felt that the movie was too girlie for them. The IMDb forums is full of smart-asses writing posts like “oh… I have my man period right now”, and another one replies “me too!”. Ultimately, I think they feel threaten somehow. Who can compete with fast, strong, handsome vampires if the girls at school only dream of such creatures — even if they don’t exist?

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memsom wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 12:09 AM PST:

Haven’t seen it, but I liked the look of the previews I saw. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂


Josh wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 10:44 AM PST:

I’ve not seen it, probably won’t. I dislike it because I love vampires and she single handedly destroyed the vampire mythology. She made them completely unbalanced and removed any reason to *not* want to be a vampire. 😛 “yay, we sparkle in sunlight” ….


William Eggington wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 11:11 AM PST:

I used to tease my wife for getting so into the books. She read through the whole series twice and the first book even more than that. She flipped it around on me and said I wasn’t allowed to mock her any more till I read them myself so I gave in. MOST of it was drivel. This strange female fantasy of somehow being strong and independent but at the same time falling head over heals for these god like Vampires. I just couldn’t get into that stuff.

The strange thing is. . . you just can’t stop reading it. Especially the later books when you start getting into the stories of the werewolves and the older Vampires.

The movie did a great job of staying very loyal to the book but also had the benefit of filtering out all the mushy stuff that was going on inside her head so. . . It wasn’t half bad.


Bob C wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 2:13 PM PST:

My wife’s seen it 4 times. “Made” me watch it twice. Truthfully I liked it.

I haven’t watched the extras yet. I think I will tonight. I remember reading some online content when it was in the theatres. The director was real proud of the way the movie turned out; even with the limited budget. Only thing she would have liked to have improved on was the quality of the special effects when the sun shines on Edwards skin.


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Eugenia wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 2:33 PM PST:

The sparkling was shown in the extras. They actually had to create the Avid plugin from scratch, and that’s the best they could do I guess…


Corey wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 2:44 PM PST:

Interesting…my girlfriend didn’t like it. Said it wasn’t as good as the books. I was indifferent, as this kind of movie isn’t really my thing, but I will say I liked the “True Blood” mini-series on TV better.


Stephen B. wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 5:45 PM PST:

Rented it yesterday, just started watching tonight.

Some interesting scenes, but the awkward pauses and angsty-teen-drama elements are really grating. It’s also a bit exasperating the way the dialogue frequently enumerates plot points/character traits that a better director would show or imply.

Some really beautiful cinematography and scenery, though.


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Eugenia wrote on March 30th, 2009 at 6:16 PM PST:

>angsty-teen-drama elements

It’s actually one of the good points of the film. It made me feel 17 again.

>dialogue frequently enumerates plot points

Didn’t notice any. I actually liked the direction and script a lot, especially in the first part of the film. I liked the film less from the baseball scene and later.


Stephen B. wrote on March 31st, 2009 at 8:33 AM PST:

It’s actually one of the good points of the film. It made me feel 17 again.

It was a little too “Ann Rice meets Dawson’s Creek” for my tastes.

>dialogue frequently enumerates plot points

Didn’t notice any.

The main two that stuck out to me were Bella’s “I’m more the suffer-in-silence type” (groan) line, and the whole exchange over whether or not Edward regretted saving her life. He’s conflicted, we get it – there was no need to spoonfeed that point to the audience with expository dialogue.

I actually liked the direction and script a lot, especially in the first part of the film. I liked the film less from the baseball scene and later.

Yeah, that whole conflict-with-the-rival-vampires bit did seem rather pointless – an hour and half to build up a sub-plot that is basically resolved in 10 minutes. It felt like that was tacked-on to keep the Blade/Buffy fans from getting too restless.


Luis wrote on March 31st, 2009 at 12:43 PM PST:

I haven’t seen it, but for once you like what women like 🙂 At IMDB females give it a 7.3, while males a 5.7 (age doesn’t seem to have a big influence). Men usually vote a bit higher than women (for “neutral” movies), so this movie must be _very_ “feminine”.


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Eugenia wrote on March 31st, 2009 at 1:49 PM PST:

>but for once you like what women like

Indeed. It connected to my dormant female me.


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