As predicted, I saw Twilight on Saturday. I also forced my husband to go see it with me. This was probably mistake number one. Never take someone to a movie if all they do is complain about how bad it is BEFORE they even see the movie! It doesn’t matter if it is the best. movie. ever. They will hate it, just out of principal.
So we went to an afternoon showing. The theater was only about one-third capacity and we were running late. Fortunately, I didn’t miss the Harry Potter trailer.
Having read (and LOVED!) the book Twilight, I was extremely skeptical about the movie. Movies never live up to the book. And the reasons I love the book – the emotion portrayed by Bella’s words, the way she describes Edward and her love for him, the FEELINGS – are all very difficult to express on screen. Reading Twilight is like reading someone’s journal. Someone’s very private, very personal journal. In fact, I had to read it when I was alone because it just felt awkward reading her deep, emotionally-charged words in the presence of others. (Maybe that’s weird. I don’t know.) And watching the movie with my husband (an outsider! who doesn’t understand! who doesn’t see all the emotion and love between them!) was much the same way: just awkward.
Then came the special effects, which, in a word: bad. The scene where Edward steps into the sun? Boring. My husband turned to me and whispered, “That’s it? I don’t get it?” I just shook my head. I wanted to justify pieces of it, but I just couldn’t.
The cast on the other hand wasn’t bad. The main characters were just right for their parts, but I was a little disappointed in the choices of Bella’s friends. Jessica and Mike were basically how I imagined them, but not the other two. And the ending pretty much sealed the deal for a sequel. So all in all, I liked it, but for those that didn’t read the book but see the movie, you may never understand the hype. The movie doesn’t do the book justice. There’s no way it could.
Now let’s talk about Edward. When I read the book, Rob Pattinson was not who I imagined as Edward. At all. I watched his part in Harry Potter, and caught some of the TV interviews he did while promoting Twilight. I was not impressed. His hair was messy, his eyebrows looked like caterpillars…meh. My husband even made comments like “THAT’S the guy all these girls are going crazy over? Huh.” We were perplexed.
And then we saw the movie.
“I bet that guy can get some booty,” said my husband as we left. For those of you that don’t know, that’s his way of saying a guy is attractive without coming out and saying he’s attractive.
By the end of the movie, I was swooning right along with the teeny-boppers. Which, by the way, swarmed me on our way out of the theater. It was seriously us and about 30 13 year old girls. That’s it. My husband looked around us as we left and laughed while telling me I was a big dork because we were the oldest people in the theater. Whatever. I’m used to being dorky. I embrace my dorkiness.
Anyway, I don’t know what changed during the movie, but now as I’m finishing New Moon, Rob Pattinson’s is the only face for Edward that I see. He’s absolutely beautiful in this movie and I feel a little dirty for crushin’ on a 17 year old. But then I remember that he’s really 22 and that makes it all okay.
Did you see the movie? What did you think?