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Michelle's Twilight movie review – **Spoilers**

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????

13 comments to “Michelle's Twilight movie review – **Spoilers**”

  1. Bonnie Staring
     · November 25th, 2008 at 10:06 am · Link

    I’m just glad you didn’t end up clutching me during some of those OMGHOT scenes. LOL

    Even with the slumpy middle, Twilight was fantabulous. I heart Edward and Bella wasn’t so bad either, even though she was with my man.

    Who knew I liked my men all sparkly? Better pick up some glitter for DH… oh, never mind…

  2. Michelle Rowen
     · November 25th, 2008 at 10:53 am · Link

    I almost clutched. I was squeeing on the inside during several scenes, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

  3. Kristin
     · November 25th, 2008 at 11:39 am · Link

    I totally agree, I thought the movie was awesome and I loved it. I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the movie, which I didn’t expect to do.

    The kissing scene was so HOT.

    I think what people forget is that it’s and adaptation of the book, it’s not suppose to be that same. If y ou go in expecting the book you’re inevitably going to be disapointed but if you look at it as a continuation/another side of the story you can’t help but love it.

  4. Michelle Rowen
     · November 25th, 2008 at 12:46 pm · Link

    See, I thought it was very true to the book. I think, just like a lot of people’s reactions to Breaking Dawn — if you have a specific idea in your head how something HAS TO BE in order for you to like it, then there’s no way anything can ever live up to that. It’s usually the things that I anticipate the most that end up disappointing me. It’s like a lot of brides on their wedding day. So much build up, and then it’s over in a couple of hours.

  5. Leah Braemel
     · November 25th, 2008 at 3:57 pm · Link

    I’d like to see Twilight the movie, but no one I know wants to go out this end of town, so since I don’t want to go alone, I’ll probably wait until the DVD comes out. Bummer.

    As for his perfect hair? That’s the one thing that’s really bugged me – I just don’t like it. It’s … like he’s been dragged backwards through a bush … had a ton of hair spray applied … IOW it just doesn’t do it for me. But it won’t stop me from wanting to see the movie.

  6. Michelle Rowen
     · November 25th, 2008 at 4:29 pm · Link

    His hair is much more groomed in the movie. In real life it’s a bit of a crazy mess.

    And I have no problem seeing movies solo as long as they’re weekday matinees. I’m all independent as long as I have my snacks. ;)

  7. Stargazer
     · November 25th, 2008 at 11:13 pm · Link

    I am soooo Glad you loved it! I knew you would. smiles*
    I thought it was Purfect in everyway. Cant wait for the next one.
    TrueBlood is over now too….The wait is going to kill me.
    fanged grin*

  8. Tabitha
     · November 29th, 2008 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I just hopped over here from Vampire Romance Books after reading your interview. Since we’re close strangers and all, I’ll feel free to jump into your already established comment section about Twilight. I saw the movie by myself, not wanting to be around my straight-laced friends for this momentous occassion. I loved it. I had a mound full of snacks on my lap, and I just went with it. I chuckled throughout the movie feeling embarrassed because I felt so old(36). I also thought Bella was mildly annoying in the book, but I loved her anyway. The acress who played her in the movie was perfect. I could go on and on. I wish they could have let Edward(in the movie) smile more. I swooned everytime he smiled. Swooned? -See there; I’m old. Who uses swoon anymore? *She shakes her head.* Excuse me, I have a rock to crawl back under.

  9. Michelle Rowen
     · November 30th, 2008 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Welcome Tabitha, and feel free to jump into any comment thread! The more the merrier!

    36 is so not old to love Twilight and/or RPattz’s dreamy smile. At all. And neither is 37. *clears throat*

    In fact, 37 is not too old to go trolling at the bookstore today for the Twilight Movie Companion book. Nor is it too old to feel disappointed to learn they’d sold out of it and then order it online instead.

  10. coffee
     · January 17th, 2009 at 1:08 pm · Link

    seems likely that they will come out with a Twilight sequel pretty soon, there’s a crazy lot of ticket sales at stake

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     · September 21st, 2009 at 11:13 am · Link

    Yeah twilight new moon is coming soon. I think something like october 20th or some.

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