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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wanda said...
Nov. 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm
i never watched a single movie of twilight,now i regret t,im gonna tri to catch up!
nani11 replied...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm
well your missing out they are the best movies in the world:)
Snark replied...
Aug. 31, 2012 at 2:36 am
No, really, you're not missing a single thing. Please preserve your sanity by avoiding the books, movies, or anything to do with the series like the bubonic plague. It seems to be equally as infectious.
hey.girl said...
Nov. 11, 2011 at 11:02 am
this is the best fictional story 4ever
peace,love,music said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I hate it when people hate on Twilight. It's a great book & movie , even if some people are too stubborn to say so.
Ice_Queen replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Yeah, whatever. Somebody needs to read my review.
lit.rox This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 7:33 am
This is fictional, still very interesting.I like it.
BABY replied...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Moonflawer said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:37 am
i absolutly hate this! vampires are sooooo tupid! there supposed to be scary not sparkly!bleh
DamonSalvatore1864 replied...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm
If you really want scary vampires, check out the Vampire Diaries!
Ice_Queen replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Good vampyres are in the House of Night, too. Although the later books are becoming more complex and need an analytical mind to comprehend.
SmileyPhoebe said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:18 am
I don't mind Twilight, but those crazy fangirls who refuse to believe that Twilight is a fictional story do bug me. :P
tatertotstewie said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm
I absolutely despise twilight but reading this article makes me want to go home and watch it over and over.
Daniitee2 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Twilight is not my thing. Though who doesn't love a guy with abs and turns into a werewolf?! That's the high light of the whole movie for me


Ice_Queen replied...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm
I think the term is "fluff-ball dog", not werewolf.
iLuv:^) said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I love twilight... do you?
i.k mike and .a. k said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm
worst movie in the world and not trying to hate but it sucks who ever read this comment means you hate twilight
LexieN14 replied...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm
what r you talking about, girl?
ilovetwilight62 said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 9:45 am
I really love twilight
Victoria.S said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm
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