Thursday, March 26, 2009

Twilight Review-- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I thought I'd write a few of my thoughts about the Twilight movie that was just released last Friday on DVD (and sold more than 3 million in its first day of sales.)

The Good: I don't have much good to say about the film. I did like the casting of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, see his April 2009 GQ spread below) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). The acting isn't great, but I don't think these actors had much to work with. Alice Cullen (portrayed by Ashley Greene) is also a nice fit. And, when I stop and think about,I didn't have any problems with the casting of Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) either. That's pretty much all I can come up with.

The Bad and the Ugly: Where to start? The script is TERRIBLE-- some of the dialogue is ridiculous, and the movie is hard to sit through. My sister and I mildly enjoyed ourselves ONLY because there were so many things to laugh at in this movie and it's not supposed to be a comedy, folks! They're bringing in a new director for the sequel, New Moon, which seems to be a wise decision indeed. The exchanges between the characters are excruciating to listen to and the scenes don't portray what we need them to. Bella and Edward are supposed to be hopelessly in love, but we just don't get that from the movie (or their chemistry for that matter). What makes matters worse is the terrible casting. Rosalie Hale is supposed to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. What do we get? Actress Nikki Reed, who is girl-next-door pretty as a brunette, but downright frightening with her awful fake blonde hair in the film. She's also NOT lithe like her character is supposed to be(with a rather large backside, as I noticed in one scene). I think they could have cast a model, or a MTA (model-turned-actress) for the role, since Rosalie doesn't figure largely in the books, and she is supposed to look otherworldly, after all. The rest of the Cullens and Hales are largely forgettable (but maybe future films will show a bit more of their mettle), although, I take issue with the casting of Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli), who looks really young, and again, has really awful dyed hair. I know brunettes from Jean Harlow to Marilyn Monroe and Lisa Kudrow to Madonna have been going blonde with fairly successful results-- is it too much to ask that they get it right on the set of Twilight? Or better yet, find a natural?

The Book: I just have a few thoughts on the books. I really did enjoy the series, and can attest to the fact that they are quite addictive. That said, the writing and editing can certainly be improved (but who am I to judge?). I guess my biggest criticism is that Stephanie Meyer seems to hold her characters a little too dear. Unlike J.K. Rowling, who kills off some of her most popular characters in the Harry Potter Series, Meyer seems to be unable to part with any of her characters. I realized that early on, which made the plot all too predictable. Maybe I am a bit dark, but having popular characters die (and the mourning process involved) seems to add to the experience of reading. Moreover, although Meyer tries to introduce conflict in the guise of Jacob Black who is fighting for Bella's affections, you never really believe that Bella will actually go for him.

GQ: Robert Pattinson is the cover boy for the April issue of GQ. I thought you might want to see the boy that is currently driving the teen population crazy. He doesn't make a bad Edward. Now, why couldn't they find someone as nice looking to play Jacob Black?


TD-2243 said...

How dare they cast someone with a large backside! What were they thinking? That guy is, like, totally gay. I'm, like, so sure.

elventryst said...

You're too funny! It's just that she's consistently described in the book as looking like a supermodel and instead she has a fat ass and a really bad dye job. As for the guy, I saw him on Leno and he's sort of a loser. He reminds me of a hipster.

TD-2243 said...

Maybe you should review The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. There are no hipsters and we could discuss that for hours.