I realized recently that I’m very hot and cold when it comes to entertainment. There’s a whole lot of meh for me, but the things that I hate, I really hate (and will never discuss on my blog — karma’s a bitch!) but the things that I love, I love unconditionally and fangirly and I go completely obsessive with them. (OCD is a necessary disorder to have as a writer, I’m learning).
Obviously, with the whole Twilight phenomena, I’ve regressed to become a teenager again. It’s slightly disturbing but I’m going with it because I haven’t been so enthralled in a long time.
I loved the books — even though Bella herself sometimes annoyed me. I was very excited about the movie. So excited that seeing it slowly but steadily became an “event” for me. I watched the cast make a squee-filled appearance at MuchMusic. I was stunned by the reception Robert Pattinson was receiving. But I was excited by this movie. However, I knew two things for certain. I wasn’t going to stand in line to be one of the first to see it, and I wasn’t going to hold it up on a mega pedestal that nothing could ever live up to. I remember being really excited to see Van Helsing, because my husband Hugh Jackman was in it as well as it being about vampires and slayers, etc. But I couldn’t stand that movie. Hated it.
So I decided I wasn’t going to really anticipate seeing Twilight. I expected a MTV movie take on it — kind of a The Convenant slick look that shrugged off characters and quality for shiny music video effects and a kicky soundtrack.
Well, I saw Twilight earlier this afternoon…. AND I LOVED IT!
It might not work for everybody, but it worked for me. I had a grin on my face for the entire two hours. The two friends I saw it with weren’t as satisfied and complained about the so-called sluggish middle, but every scene worked perfectly for me.
The cast was fantastic. Robert Pattinson is the perfect Edward. I loved the narration. The parts that weren’t in the book — ie: the prom, and the revised reason Bella goes off by herself in Port Angeles and is almost attacked (TSTL move in the book) work perfectly in the movie. And while I found Bella to be annoying in the books (although she did eventually grow on me) I thought movie-Bella was much more likable and believable (Kristen Stewart reminds me a bit of a young Jodie Foster). Several key scenes occurred in different places rather than the original locations in the book — like the kissing scene is in Bella’s bedroom instead of next to the field where she first sees him do his sparkle thing. And the Kissing Scene itself? OMGHOT. It’s up there with the Sawyer/Kate Lost kissing scene from season 1.
I seriously need a hobby, people.
Did I mention Robert Pattinson? He is Edward Cullen. And his hair is divine. He and Bella have fantastic chemistry IMHO.
I found the movie to be very true to the book — the whole thing had a real authentic feel. Stephenie Meyer must be very pleased. And it was fun seeing her at the counter at the diner in a cameo. I thought that it was produced with great respect to the source material, and you don’t see that too much when something is translated to film these days. As a sidenote, I read that the first draft of the screenplay had Bella as a Buffy-like teenaged vampire slayer packing weapons. Uh. No. That would have not been good.
And the best part? Twilight kicked butt at the box office its opening weekend, so that pretty much guarantees we’re going to get New Moon. My New Moon review one day will contain much more Jacob love. He was good in Twilight, but he’s not quite the Jacob fans come to know and love yet, is he? Hopefully they’ll do Eclipse back-to-back with it.
I am happy. And I’ll probably be seeing it again very soon.
Personally, I think all books about vampires should be made into movies. Especially ones set in Toronto and written by me and still have film rights available. Is that too much to ask for????