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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Valkyrie_123 said...
Jun. 24, 2009 at 6:21 am
i love the movie and the books both genius and the review was too. great work!!
COOL KID177 said...
Jun. 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm
I've seen the movie Twilight
kmpoetgirl7 said...
Jun. 22, 2009 at 2:26 am
congratulations! This is an amazing review!! I am a MAJOR twilight fan and always will be. Personally, i believe the books are better than the movie but your review made either seem delectable! Nice work.
BritneyL said...
Jun. 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm
They took out to much from the book and then added to much to the movie. I just think that if they stayed true to the story then the movie would have come out better, or if I didn't read the book first. Either way, great job on this review!
hunter C. said...
Jun. 15, 2009 at 12:32 am
i liked the first movie it was a little creppy at first but it was really cool i cant wait for new moon to come out =')
Raymond W. said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Oh. Yeah. I agree with myself. But i love Twilight. Can't wait for New Moon!!!
Raymond W. said...
Jun. 2, 2009 at 12:55 am
Wow! You pretty much summed it up but I disagree with lots of things. Doesn't everyone agree the movie would have been better if they had stayed true to the original book. No offense but when i first heard robert speak i thought he had some speech promblem or something! He freaked me out, especially when he says: "I like watching you sleep" I mean it was more natural in the book but in the movie it was like he was some freaky person who follows her. Kirsten was bad too. All in all though ... (more »)
Ryan M. said...
May 30, 2009 at 1:50 am
this is a beautiful and expertly written review but if youve read this book the movie just SUCKS. most of the actors were amature and you didnt feel the emotions you expected. but tremendous job ayway
Kit-Kat said...
May 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm
I myself am not a Twilight fan... I don't like Stephanie's writing style. But I do appreciate some aspects of it, and I was dissapointed to find out that this movie warped the book to no end, and barely had anything to do with the book! Ed and Bella had no conection in the movie, more the directors fault than anything. Sorry if I come off too critical!
*Hottie*1324 said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm
That was an awesome review!!!! I saw a sneak peek at New Moon and it looks just as good if not even better!!!!! ^-^
eddie S. said...
May 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm
that edward dude is pale
Clayton C. said...
May 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm
The movie is wack. It was terriable to sit and watch. I rather watch elmo.
mimi:) said...
May 19, 2009 at 11:58 pm
well i just have to say that the movie was great and so was the soundtrack. i would have picked a better bella (no offense kristen) but all in all it was a good movie althugh i wish it would haves stuck to the book a bit more that would have made it like 10 times better!!! cant wait for the next one!
LadyJamie888 said...
May 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm
I remember when I first saw the movie. I was so excited. After I left the movies, I was a bit depressed about how the acting was. I really wished that they had gotten a better actress than Kristen Stewart for Bella. Mabye Alexis Bledel or something. Bella was supposed to be plain, but they could've at least given her more feeling toward Edward, ecspecially with a hot guy like Rob Pattinson. I'm glad there's a new director. Mabye the next one will be better.
Twilightlover#1 said...
May 7, 2009 at 1:13 am
Twilight is totally awesome. Great article. Good job Twilight fan!
pinkvolleyballgirl said...
May 4, 2009 at 2:13 am
if u are a twilight fan, check out the poem
edward said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm
edward is hot! but not inn the normal way he is (i guess) nice and NOT self centered he loved bella in a way that no one would ever enless they experenced it. i think i have.idk. but the book was alot better than the movie.the movie was missing alot of funny parts that happened. sorry about this but i have to say this" im using his name in a storie im writting". emmitt is i will admit hotter than edward. bye bye tina rox
inspire_me said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm
I'm sorry. I know people are majorly into this movie, But i didn't think that it was the best. I know that they could of made it MUCH better. It didn't even feel like they were trying.. They were missing some parts of the book and it kind of made me mad. Hopefully the next movie will be worth watching.
toast llama said...
Apr. 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm
the 3rd and 4th books are better but it was good
Haley C. said...
Apr. 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm
congratz :) its really good and describing. Twilight is awesome. lol
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