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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truefreakonaleash said...
Apr. 24, 2009 at 1:40 am
It was a great book series by far and stepahie myer is an amazing author. My only problem was that the movie gave a horrible interpretation of the book. In the book Bella should be weak and fragile and become a big tough chick in the 4th one, however in the movie it looked like she could beat up edward at any given moment. And for all you Edward fans, robert pattinson, is not hot nor does he play a good edward. Many of you may disagree with my opinion but it is my opinion and i am sorry if it is... (more »)
Edward cullen's girl said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 10:57 am
edward cullen was well played by robert patinson but i am still trying to read the fourth book awesome i can't wait thanks S. Meyer
Theresa S. said...
Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm
I loved the books and the movie, and I sooooo can't wait to see New moon this November it's gonna be AWESOME!!!!! and I REALLY REALLY hope S. Meyer finishes Midnight sun I would love to find who leaked it so I could kick they'er butt......If Jane were real I'd give him/her to Jane......
Gossamer said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Movies aren't all about looks, BeckyGoesBam. I didn't think they looked quite right either, but they still portrayed their characters really well. It wouldn't make any sense to spend forever hunting down the spitting image of Edward, like that matters more than using someone who could mould to the role. He also made it more interesting by giving a different interpretation of Edward than you'd expect.
skisnow said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Excellent review, I love Twilight! TEAM EDWARD!
Spencer said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 12:58 am
I read the books and it made for an interesting story. The characters where well though out and the plot was ok. My only problem was that there was no huge battle at the end, they all talked it out. If I had been in charge of the Volturi, I would bring no witnesses and conduct the operation in secret, strengthening the Volturi's reputation.

However, my opinion might be slightly prejudiced. I am a huge Stephen King fan, and his vampires are some of the scariest looking things ev... (more »)
love-you-always said...
Mar. 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm
i absolutly love this review
EmoBatz said...
Feb. 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm
i agree Twilightemo. i think that the movie was really good, and was very similar to the books, robert, is hawt, and i really love the books, but the only thing that i didn't like about the movie is the way that they made them fly and how they crawled up the trees, i thought that was kind of stupid, but other than that i thought it was good.
-EmoBatz (team edward, emmett,alice,jacob)
Samantha V. said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm
Thats very good i like your descriptive words. I really love twilight and i can't wait til the next one comes. Your a very good writer.
Bella A. said...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 2:42 am
i love the book...and i love all of the actors excpet one actress and it sort of ruined it for me.I just fell like Kristen (no offince to her bcause sheis a amazing actress) i just dont think she can play the roll of bella very bella to another. I jsut felt she made bella more boring than really nessecary.
But your review was awesome!
HawthorneHeights09 said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm
i loved the books so much i have read thhe series four times, i thought the movie was great even though they missed some of the parts i wished they would have put in there i thought it was amazingly similar and very well.
church-girl said...
Feb. 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm
The book was pretty good, even if the writing was lacking in some areas, but Robert looks NOTHING like I imagined Edward would look like. They should have gotten a better director and if they didn't want the movie compared to the book, they shouldn't have made the movie.
taylor_raven said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm
OMFG-i love this book but i love the actors too. i love jacob black (taylor lautner) he's so osm and hot and edward is cute
jacob black_Baylie said...
Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm
OMFG i realllllllllllllly love the movie and the book oomgomgomgomgomg oh mann thid girl is @ my school she is posting a comment to and she loves taylor laughnerand so do I!!!!!!!!!!! :) i love you guys
katelynschw said...
Feb. 16, 2009 at 3:51 am
i love robert pattinson he is sooooooo hot and i hope 2 marry him
boohoohoooo. said...
Feb. 2, 2009 at 1:27 am
omg twilight the book was the freekin best book ever but the movie twilight was really bad im so relieved that thers a new director. robert is nothing like edward in the books
emmyphan27 said...
Jan. 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm
Both the movie and the book were great, as long as you don't compare the two. As an adaptation, the movie wasn't very good. By itself, it was okay. Seeing the characters come to life was fun, though.

Your review was really good, although it would have been better if it "flowed" a bit more. (if it had a smooth transition from topic to topic)
HawthorneHeightsemo09 said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm
i thought the movie and the characters were chosen well for the movie, i don't see why you all well most of you have a problem with robert, if he wasn't good for the part they wouldn't have casted him, and i think he's hot as well as taylor lautner, i thought the movie was really good and well put together but i wish they would have put blood type in the movie.
Keirastar replied...
Nov. 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm
I know!!! Blood type was one of my favorite parts of the book.
short chick said...
Jan. 31, 2009 at 2:36 am
I thought the the book was amazing! i cannot and probably will not ever find a book like it. I did like the movie a lot tho. u just have to keep an open mind and not compare it to the book.
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