With the Twilight book series being such a huge phenomenon I was always going to get around to seeing the film, but when it hit cinemas I just never got around to seeing it. However, with New Moon, number two in the series, soon to hit cinemas, I thought it was time I gave Twilight a look. The younger girls at work loved it but said it did have some bad points, and most people my age didn’t seem to like it, so I went into viewing the film with mixed messages but tried my best to make up my own mind on what I thought of it.
When Bella Swan reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks and set out to carve a niche for herself, she assumed it would be one similar to the low-profile social position she held back in Phoenix. First on the list of surprises was the unfamiliar attention from the male population of her new high school; second, the attention from one male in particular: Edward Cullen, Vampire.
Before long, the unlikely soul mates find themselves in a passionate relationship with a variety of significant setbacks, including Edward’s special-needs diet (he doesn’t eat humans, but Bella’s scent inspires a nearly impossible to harness bloodlust) and the human girl’s mortality.
Though things proceed relatively smoothly at first (Edward even introduces Bella to his adoptive vampire family), a visiting vampire clan consisting of James, Victoria, and Laurent catches Bella’s unique scent and threatens the young couple’s budding, if dangerous, happiness.
James, known for his powerful tracking ability, becomes obsessed with making Bella his next victim. Fearing for Bella’s safety and that of her loved ones, the Cullens must combine their collective talents in order to stop the highly predatory James before his goal is accomplished.
For a book adaptation I think it probably held on a little too tightly to the book, not that I’ve read it, but because some of the scenes felt a bit out of place. Some types of scenes and settings you can get away with in a book but not so much in a film.
I didn’t find those too grating but I did find a couple of badly filmed scenes rather jarring which pulled me quickly out of the story. However, other than those and some overly ‘cheesy’ moments, I generally enjoyed the film and was interested to see the story unfold. I even found myself understanding why the two main actors are so well loved as they did have many strong acting moments.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!