Twilight This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 30, 2008
“Twilight”– based on the first book in the best-selling series by Stephenie Meyer – is a faithful adaptation that will satiate the thirst of fans and simultaneously captivate new audiences.

The movie follows the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a normal girl thrust into a secret supernatural world when she falls in love with her mysterious classmate, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). He just happens to be a vampire.

Ditch your preconceived ­notions of vampires; this isn't a typical vampire tale. If you are looking for clichéd stereotypes with fangs, coffins, and stakes through the heart, this isn't the movie for you. Director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg stay true to Meyer's vision and create a film that ­exposes “Twilight” for what it essentially is: a story of the ­ultimate forbidden love.

Hardwicke once again proves her knack for portraying raw teenage experiences, as she did in “Thirteen” and “Lords of Dogtown.” She directs a young cast of phenomenal talent. Leads Stewart and Pattinson throw themselves into their roles and portray their characters exceptionally well. The chemistry between the two is electric.

Stewart gives a fresh, honest take on Bella. Her straightforward interpretation allows viewers to live vicariously through Bella and experience what she does. You feel her longing and desire.

Pattinson conveys Edward's inner turmoil flawlessly. His complex perception of the ­character creates a believable Edward. He conveys his feelings of vitality and emotional reawakening through his ­expressions.

The movie also has an outstanding supporting cast. Billy Burke as Bella's father, Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, and Michael Welch as Mike Newton all deserve a nod for excellent portrayal of their characters.

The film itself is visually ­dynamic. The movie is shot in crisp blue tones. The costumes are pallid, veering away from traditional vampire attire. Bella's wardrobe ­becomes closer to the Cullens' as she grows closer to them. The nomad vampires appear savage in clothes taken from their victims.

Filmed in Portland, Oregon, the movie features stunning views and beautiful landscapes. Because of the small budget, action sequences were done physically. Though some may find the special effects lacking, the simplicity enhances Hardwicke's unique documentary-style filming. Using extreme close-ups and whimsical angles, the camera work gives the movie an intimate, realistic feel.

The music ties in to the story perfectly. Consisting of moody, angst-filled rock songs, the soundtrack fits the tone. From Muse's upbeat “Supermassive Black Hole” playing during a game of vampire baseball, to Iron and Wine's romantic “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” at prom, the songs set the mood for the scenes.

A longer film would have ­allowed more time to explain the essentials of the plot, making it easier for those who have not read the book. Although it mirrors the book very closely, many scenes had to be cut. The danger of the nomadic vampires is threaded throughout the movie to create more tension. The essence of the story is present, making changes in details insignificant; the movie's creators successfully captured the elements that made readers fall in love with Bella and Edward.

The book and the movie are equally ­satisfying, albeit in different ways, and neither is better. While you can imagine the detailed story unfolding in your head when reading the book, the movie creates a sweet condensed version for the big screen. Both allow you to lose yourself in this passionate, unorthodox romance.

All components work to­gether nicely in “Twilight” to efficiently bring the book to life. The film is a beautiful mixture of romance, action, comedy, and horror, containing aspects that will appeal to everyone.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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godzilla1 said...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 12:59 am
Twilight is really a terrible film. I like your review though.
godzilla1 replied...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I mean, the books are terrible too. But the film was poorly acted, overly commercialized, and constructed in a way as to make it both boring and unintentionally hilarious. I mean, the whole concept that Stephanie Myers has created about Vamp-tramp love is just a gimmick to get millions of teen-girls to go out and buy her dribbel. I'm sorry if you're a fan. There's just no way you can call that good or compelling writing.
Tori&Rese replied...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm
You are so mean! Just because you didnt like it dosent mean you can just go around trashing it! Why ruin our fun?
godzilla1 replied...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 7:07 pm
Daw, c'mon. I'm not trashing it: I'm just objectively, rationally observing it. And, from a rational, objective point of view, Twilight is a torpid, pointless franchise that has suckered millions of you little hoodlums into buying the books, watching films, and consuming vast amounts of their Walmart-worthy merchandise, like back-packs, and breath-mints and stuff. I mean, it's all good. Like what you want. I just know you're acting as consumers on something that's v... (more »)
Tori&Rese replied...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm
It is not vapid and stupid! I mean I respect your point of view and everything but we Twilight fans have our own reasons for enjoying the books.
godzilla1 replied...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Like what? I'd be interested to know.
SkipG replied...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm
MY GOD! can someone express a dislike of the twilight books without having 7 fans appearing out of the woodwork to tell them they are wrong
godzilla1 replied...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm
No. No they can't.
remym replied...
Dec. 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm
I KNOW!!! I thought I'd have to hire a bodyguard when my article The Case Against Twilight was published in the school paper.
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm
godzilla1, one word comes to mind when I read your comment ---AMEN!
dramma queen replied...
Jan. 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm
listen godzilla1 or should i say twlight hatter twlight is the best series in the usa so dont be talking about twlight unless you are saying it rocks
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm
wow...your username really fits you!
Safeleo replied...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 12:28 am
Isn't that the whole point of teenink? to state you opinion without being censored for saying Twilight sucks?
Myrah This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 12:32 am
Your review was well-written. but I can't help but disagree. Because the movie was such a faithful adaption, it carried the same flaws that the novel did. And "ultimate forbidden love"? I can think of several love stories that are a thousand times more taboo- "Lolita" is classic, and Subaru and Seishirou's story in "Tokyo Babylon" and "X/1999" pretty much tops the charts for modern fatal attraction. "Twilight" was a good read for a rain... (more »)
rachelrae said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 10:44 am
twilight was an amazing book. one of the best books i had read in a really long time. when the movie came out i though it was laking. i really thought they butchered the book. but i still havent turned my back on the movie compleatly. cant wait for new moon.
SarahBeth replied...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 9:50 am
I agree with you. I love the books and when Twilight came out I was very disapointed. To me the movie felt like it happened over the course of a few weeks, not months like it does in the novel. And I thought hey left out some very important scence. The trailers for New Moon are looking amazing! I can't wait to see it (:
MissMandi:-) said...
Nov. 6, 2009 at 11:28 am
Great review! Amazing. It was fantastic to read. The books were great and this was too. The movie was okay but i still love twilight.
ILunar said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 9:27 am
Twilight is good and its very inspiring
Michelle F. said...
Aug. 11, 2009 at 2:20 am
If I put aside how much I disagree with your review, I can honestly say that your writing is quite good. Nice job!
Meghan M. said...
Jul. 13, 2009 at 3:21 am
I'm impressed by your writing. You've identified the movie from a very nice angle that was a pleasure to read. My thoughts on the movie were that it wasn't as good as the book. Now understandably, it usually isn't as goood as the book but this movie in particular didn't do the book justice, in my opinion. It was mainly composed of just action and love, none of the mystery or trepidation was exhibited. Admittedly, while the movie should be it's on entity and not follow the novel... (more »)
HurdlesStar said...
Jul. 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Personally i didn't like the movie as much as the book. I didn't like how they cut out so many of my favorive scenes. But I loved the book.
I also loved your review. You made it sound amazing! You have a great talent! keep writing more reviews!
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