Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Kristen Steward, Robert Pattinson, Anna Kendrick, Cam Gigandet, Taylor Launter
Based on the 2005 début novel by Stephanie Meyer, Twilight is a young adult forbidden love story between a human girl named Bella (Kristen Stewart) and a vampire named Edward (Robert Pattinson). The film can be strongly viewed as Mormon propaganda due to the nature of not bowing to the desire of sex and staying with one person – even the vampires try to refuse drinking blood.
If the book was bad then the film is even worse. The plot comes down to a girl moves to a town, falls in love, realises he’s a vampire, becomes hunted by another vampire, then her love saves her. The movie decided to mix this up by having the hunting start from an earlier point in the film and killing off a few of the characters. Although this does allow their leader (Cam Gigandet) to get more screen time, his character hardly talks and it doesn’t sit well with anyone that has read the books. Director Catherine Hardwicke tries to add more action and have the audience root for their love but it is hard to not root for the evil vampires that just want to kill everyone. At least that way the film would have been shorter and not spawned another 4 movies.
The best thing about Twilight is how it shot Anna Kendrick into the limelight and propelled her career into what it has become today. On the other hand most males will not see the film as they associate it with teenage girls and, as such, will only see it if forced to. The acting from Stewart and Pattinson has lead to numerous jokes about how they are void of emotion and terrible actors which, having seen this film, is hard to argue with.
Everything is overplayed in the film with Stewart trying to convey every possible emotion in each word and the audience can’t connect as they spend two hours squirming under the awkwardness being projected into the room. The film rushes the love between the two and jumps them straight into it without the elongated build-up delivered in the book. The book delivers danger only at the end of the story which allows the tension to rise until you know that something has to happen to disrupt their relationship. By eluding to the danger every few minutes, the movie removes this mounting tension and threat of impending danger and chooses to go to a visual danger. This could have worked except by the time Bella is in danger the audience doesn’t care.
This film could have lived up to the hype created by the book but instead underperformed and could have been easily forgotten were it not the poor acting and gaining a cult following.