So, this weekend, I binged-watched the entire series of Twilight movies. By myself. On my iPad, because I didn’t want my husband judging me and I didn’t want my son (who doesn’t like TV or movies) to compare every other movie to Twilight.
I think that we can agree that Twilight is probably a love it or hate it sorta thing.
Which camp am I in? Love. I am in the “Love” camp.
Lemme rewind a bit here. When I first read Twilight, I was in need of something engrossing and distracting. I’d just given birth to my son. I’d quit a job I loved (and making money, which everyone loves) to be a stay-at-home-mom. My husband was about to deploy to Iraq. I had no family nearby. I needed something to command my attention. Twilight did that.
Stephenie Meyer was going through the exact same thing when she wrote Twilight. She was a SAHM to boys. She was tired. She was sapped. She then had this wonderfully distracting dream that made life exciting again. She shared it with the masses (me included), and they enjoyed it, too.
I did not 100% love everything that happened in the series, but each book installment (and movie) had aspects to it that were just wonderful.
Twilight Movie: Just like the book, this movie starts BRILLIANTLY. Kristen Stewart adds a dimension to Bella Swan that makes the character believable. Her dad, Charlie, is believable, too. Washington State (where I’ve lived) is captured beautifully. Every moment – even through meeting Edward – is excellent. Robert Pattinson lends grace to Edward Cullen, too. Here’s my “however” section. While romance is always sweet, Edward falls hard and fast for Bella. I don’t know that that translates to a book for teenagers. I think that the paranormal aspect to this – Edward being a lonely, moral, self-loathing, mind-reading vampire can explain why he falls for Bella; she’s a beautiful, old-for-her-age, lonely girl whose mind he cannot read. For Bella, Edward is a beautiful boy. He spurns her at first, getting her attention. He is brilliant and kind, once he opens up to her. He asks her deep questions about herself. He saves her life on two occasions and is always there for her.
Should Meyer have made this an adult book? Maybe. If one does not have the context on the relationship prior to seeing the movie, one might definitely believe that it is an abusive relationship that they are in. The lack of context makes it easy for many to mock or disdain the series.
The rest of the movie is very much action and romance-based. You start to see the seeds future troubles planted in there, though. Jacob. The Cullen family. The thought of going to human to becoming a vampire.
More than three thousand Amazon reviewers have given the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. IMDB gives it 5.2 out of 10.
So…should you watch it? Absolutely. But maybe, you should watch it by yourself. Having to defend a movie’s plot or characters takes the fun out of watching an engrossing tale, which is what Twilight is.
In my opinion, the movie – just like the book – is what it is supposed to be; a tale that commands your attention. It does the job. Very well.
So, block out some time next weekend. Get the popcorn, chocolate, and your favorite beverages. Allow yourself enough time to watch the next movie in the series – New Moon. You’ll probably want to jump right to it.