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January 13, 2009


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You thought 'Twilight' the book was good? Skip the movie

By Stephanie Bassett

December 12, 2008 | Twilight opened in theaters on Nov. 21. Twilight is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling series with over 17 million books in print by Stephenie Meyer. Opening weekend Twilight reeled in around $70 million and satisfied many fans while others left feeling very disappointed. I, personally, am one that was quite disappointed.

Twilightis a love story between a teenage girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and a vampire named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). The movie takes place in cloudy, rainy Forks, Wash. The Cullen family is unlike other vampires in that they don't drink human blood to quench their thirst, instead they drink animal blood. This strange relationship between Bella and Edward soon develops into a strong love where they feel they can't leave each other's sides. Just as everything seems to be going perfectly, new vampires come to town to disrupt their way of life.

I walked in the theatre with anticipation for an amazing movie that would leave me breathless and make me wish I was Bella Swan. Instead I left wishing I hadn't wasted the money or the time. The movie was the most overrated film I have ever watched. With all the hype I had expected something nothing less than fantastic, but what I got was dreadful. The special effects were pathetic, the background music never matched the mood, and honestly, the vampires were just not hot enough.

What stood out the most was the fact that the Cullens are described in the book as the most beautiful, stunning, perfect beings ever seen and sadly, they were just average for me. Of course the looks alone didn't ruin the movie, because I'm really not that shallow, I was just expecting gorgeous, so it was a bit of a disappointment. The acting was very weak and they need to fire their makeup artists. The makeup was done poorly; they all ended up just looking funny rather than looking beautiful.

I've never noticed background music in a movie before, but when it destroys the moment, you can't help but notice. There is a scene where Edward and Bella are sat romantically in a tree together and the music is thumping like there's an intense fight going on. I kept expecting her to fall out of the tree or something by the way the music pounded. It seemed to always be wrong for the moment and tended to be very distracting.

And last were the special effects. The budget for this movie was small for a Hollywood film, so I wasn't expecting a lot of fantastic special effects, but I would expect the few they use to be decent ... but they weren't. The vampires would take off running (which from the book is meant to be smooth, fast and graceful) and I would start laughing. It was a joke! It looked like when Wily Coyote would be chased off a cliff and as he stood in the air his legs moved a million miles an hour and his upper body didn't move at all. That is exactly how it looked and I found it extremely funny. I was just so disappointed with the special effects I felt embarrassed for the actors.

Overall, it was very disappointing and I do not recommend it. I think the books are good, but the movie is awful. It's a difficult task to make a movie from a book because you miss out on the thoughts of the characters so much that it's almost impossible to make it a success. And this movie just confirms that.



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