So on Saturday I was finally able to see Twilight the movie!
Here’s how I felt about it…
I loved it! I thought it captured the essence of the books, something that is extremely hard to do in book-to-movie productions. Of course I had a few nit-picky disappointments (well, not exactly disappointments), but I can easily get over them when I think of how well everyone did with the characters – and the actors were perfect!
Jacob Black: I think I pictured Jacob differently, but the guy who played him did well. I had to laugh when I saw Bella “flirting” with Jacob to find out about the Cullens – it was subtle but she was putting the charm on.
Robert Pattinson as Edward: Edward is a hard character to play. He has to be an animal (vampire) and a human at the same time. There were a few things that bothered me, but that could be chalked up to directing – some scenes didn’t flow and there were a couple times when a scene seemed awkward for him. And those of us who read the books know there was nothing awkward about Edward.
The Cullen Family: I thought Alice and Rosalie were just like they were in the books! Emmett and Jasper as well (they had pretty small parts in the movie, and Jasper just had a blank stare most of the time but then he was a “new vampire”).
Probably the two things in the movie that bothered me most were the over-pale complexions of the vampires (like they would blend in with the school crowd if they were THAT pale? Forget staying out of sunlight to keep from attracting attention! lol Plus, it looked very much like cakey makeup. And the “special effects” of Edward running through the trees with Bella on his back reminded me of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, LOL. I also think they could have done the blurred speedy movements of the vampires a little differently – in the book, I saw it more as they were in one place, then another place instantly. Did Bella even see a blur? I’ll have to read the book again. Still, of course I realize they can’t get it all the way I pictured it. :-)
The only other thing I’m a little sad about is that they didn’t include the scene in the book when Bella nearly faints at the sight of blood in science class. That was one of the most memorable parts of the book for me, and I think that it added an interesting twist. The girl who is queasy when it comes to blood falls in love with a vampire… how ironic.
All in all, I thought this was a great movie, and Stephenie Meyer should be proud! I’m definitely buying it when it comes out on DVD, and would actually like to see it again in the theatre.
So have you seen it yet? Are you going to? Did you read the books before you saw it?
I’d love to know your thoughts on it!