Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (summit) Release Date: 05/05/2009 Run time: 122 minutes Rating: Pg13
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Rachel C. (rackoflamb)
Reviewed on 6/8/2010...
After watching this movie, I learned that it's possible for a movie to disappoint you even if you go in with zero expectations. The acting, the directing, the dialogue, the special effects, EVERYTHING was just so badly done. I read the books and thought they were fun, brainless entertainment, but this movie is a crime against cinema.
3 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Marleen M. from WHEELING, WV
Reviewed on 4/29/2009...
My daughter and her friends watch this at sleepover..they love it. I am on the very long wait list for this movie.
1 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Echo S. from PLACENTIA, CA
Reviewed on 4/28/2009...
I found that this movie was hit and miss, especially when it came to the acting of the two main actors(Stewart and Pattinson). I found both were a bit lacking as far as the variety of emotions and expressions they used. They both seemed to use the same 4 facial expressions throughout the entire movie(Stony faced, I'm about to cry, I'm about to laugh, and I'm about to throw up). Some scenes were incredibly well done and even moving, while other scenes were uncomfortable and didn't quite strike the right chord. Stewart's stuttering portrayal of Bella wasn't quite how I imagined the character to speak. Overall I'd say this movie is worth watching at least once, as the story is still pretty good(as different as it may be from the book, true) and Pattinson makes a valiant attempt at an American accent.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Leanne R. from BRICK, NJ
Reviewed on 4/22/2009...
This movie is one of the best I have seen in awhile. The acting is superb- not just from Stewart and Pattison, but from the others as well. You really feel the emotions and connections in the movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Became a fan after the movie...
Tyrisell | Vancouver, WA USA | 01/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard about the fantasy books by a friend when they first came out but didn't have the time to look into them. By the time the movie came out, I'd nearly forgotten about the book referral, but asked my hubby to take me as it looked like a good vampire romance flick. The scenery of the Pacific Northwest forests, rivers, and coastline was breathtaking and as a native to this area, it was like going out into my own backyard which made the film that more appealing. I was so captivated by the actors portrayal of the characters (the facial expressions and emotions brought out of the characters by Rob, Kristen, Peter, Nikki, and the rest were mesmerizing) and the depth of the back-story left me desiring more! The very next day after viewing the movie in the theater - I raced to the bookstore to grab the first book. I was hooked, read through all four books (plus went to the authors website to read the extra materials she had posted there) in a week. Then, still not satisfied, went back and saw the movie several more times - IN THE THEATER, something I've never felt compelled to do before - because I was so drawn to the characters and the story. This may have been written for the young adult audience but I'm 32 and a parent of four children, and still found the story to be well worth my time.
If you haven't read the stories, I encourage you to do so. Regardless, this film will be a treasured part of your movie collection and one you'll be sure to watch several times before you'll feel satisfied."
Oh so terrible, but amazingly addicting. Love it, but wonder
A. King | 03/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If I were rating this movie solely on quality of the film, it would get one star. if i were rating it solely on how much i love to watch it even though it's awful, it would get 5 stars. SO I averaged it and got 3.
The dialogue is horrendous, the effects cheesy, the music (not the soundtrack which is great, but the score) indescribably awful. It looks like a made for TV movie.
However- I can't stop watching it. i saw it 3 times in the theater and pre-ordered my own copy. It entertains me. Plus, Edward is nice to look at... oh, James too. LOVE James.To me this movie is absolutely hysterical- where it doesn't intend to be. The scene where Edward first sees Bella in class and he looks as if he may throw up on her??? Great! The look that Billy Black and Edward exchange as they pass each other in their cars? Priceless. I love the baseball scene! But the crouch down and prepare to fight stance they take at the end... Can anybody say Power Rangers? But just mentioning all this makes me want to watch it again. I know it makes no sense. It just has that power.
I should be embarrassed to like this, but I'm not. I will watch it over and over again proudly. I will recommend it to anyone I can. Watch it and love it. But know that it's terrible and know that it can't compare to the book and that all of it's charm is due to it's cheesiness.
Much ado about nothing
E. Ambrose | CA, USA | 08/21/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The only people on earth who are allowed to sparkle are as follows...
1) Drag Queens. A Drag Queen who does not emit sparkly fabulousness from the core of their being is a very sad thing and should be given a hug.
2) David Bowie. Need I say more?
Someone needs to explain the why's and wherefore's of this whole "sparkly vampire" business to me. I really don't understand it at all. Going out in daylight... OK, Dracula could do it if he were well fed, so why not? But sparkles?
Anyway on to the meat of this review... (which will likely get thoroughly ignored as there seems to be so much hype over this flick)
As far as I can tell, Twilight has no plot. At all. There aren't any conflicts until the last 20 minutes or so. There isn't any drama. This is a vampire movie with no conflict among the main characters, only teen angst and Bella and Edward mooning over each other. The dialog between Edward and Bella would be better if it were done with semaphore flags. Thank goodness I had rifftrax going during those awkward silences. The really sad part is that neither of them really seems to have any real reason to angst over their boring lives. Nothing's really keeping them apart. The few glimpses of indistinguishable backup high schoolers didn't have anyone telling Bella what a horrible person she was and no one went to torment "the new girl."
Anything that could be remotely called interesting would have been centered around Bella's sheriff dad and the "maulings" (read: vampire attacks) he's investigating. But the script instead goes to focus on Bella and Edward's wangsting.
Anyone who thinks of Bella as a Mary Sue, I agree. This is perhaps the worst case of published marysueitis I have ever run across. Everyone likes her. She always gets her way. People drop everything to save her even if they have utterly no interest to do so. To make things worse, I found her to be a horrible character in general. There's one scene where one of the indistinguishable backup high schoolers is asking her out to the prom and she isn't paying the poor bit character the slightest whit of attention, preferring to gaze longingly at Edward in the distance. I'm sorry, but that's just rude and under most circumstances would probably make someone a bit miffed. I don't care if the poor guy is a bit character, I'd rather a small look at any of the their small dramas, because I could at least see that they had things going on in their lives from the tiny glimpses shown in the film.
Speaking of small bit characters, the best one is some poor construction or engineering guy in a hard hat who finds himself hunted by the "OMG bad vampires." I'll give the redshirt credit, the shadowplay on the screen says that he gave them a fight and with an iota more depth, he would have fought them off. :) Go redshirt, go! I'm told that scene was not in the books. It makes me lose all desire to ever read them.
As seems to be the trend for this movie, the villains aren't developed at all. They are clearly "OMG EVOL!!!1!!" because they act like, well, normal vampires and because they see Bella as an interesting snack. Were they given more depth or a motive at all, I probably would have started to root for them. As it was, I was bored silly.
Aesthetically speaking, the film wasn't terrible, although I could have done with less cool toned lighting. Kirsten Stewart is a pale deadpan enough without the camera making it even more obvious. Also, the soundtrack has a rather pretty piano piece in the middle, supposedly composed by Robert Pattinson. I hope he manages to get himself fired from the sequels before his entire career goes down the drain. He played a good Cedric in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I wouldn't recommend Twilight to anyone. No amount of pretty camera work or tiny scene additions could save this movie from a script that would have been better used as toilet paper."