Friday, November 21, 2008

Keeping my Promise (Yes you can still read this blog... even if you haven't seen the movie yet!)

Okay, so since I know there are still lots of people who weren't able (or perhaps dedicated enough?? haha jk) to make it to the Twilight opening, I didn't want to spoil it for them by posting my reaction on here. Instead I posted my thoughts under the comment section. Do you agree, disagree?? Let me know! I'm definitely curious to see what the rest of the world thought.


Mom Ditties said...

Okay, so going into the movie, I must say I had high hopes, but low expectations. I mean, when is a movie EVER as good as the book, right? So in that sense, I was pleasantly surprised in a few ways, and still a little disappointed in others.

On the actors...
*I actually thought they did a fairly good job of casting the Cullen family (minus maybe Edward... but we'll get to that later.) Alice is super cute and Emmett is well, hot! I was much happier with Esme and Carlisle than I expected. Rosalie is beautiful, though I don't think that bad dye job did her justice. I actually thought Jasper was cute at first, but seriously, what was with those weird facial expressions?? My friends and I couldn't help but laugh every time they showed his face.
*I wasn't sure about the casting for Bella and Edward beforehand (definitely not what I pictured in my head!) but thought she did a fairly good job. As for Edward... well... okay first, since when is he so skinny, and hairy? And the opening scenes of him with the 2 lbs of white makeup... ugh. At least they seemed to lighten up a bit by the restaurant scene... now that's more like my Edward!
He had some good acting moments, some not so good. Or maybe there were trying to make him seem confused? Oh well, what real man could ever live up to our Edward anyway? It really wasn't a fair conquest.

I'm really hoping they'll be able to get enough $$ from ticket sales to spend more on the sequel! I know they tried for special effects with the fighting scenes... but the trailer made me expect so much more! And I must say I was a little sad that the whole sparkling in the sun thing didn't come off better.

I think my overall rating for this movie would be a B-. I totally plan to watch it again on DVD (minus the surrounding squeals, clapping, and giggling every 3 minutes!) I cant' say I was blown away by it, but I'm glad they (mostly) stuck to the storyline and I am so glad I made it to the midnight showing before hearing all the critiques!

Ash & Becky said...

Our movie theater was really quiet! I think at one point somebody was whispering and one lady told them to shut up. I think we must have been with some serious fans!

Alice was seriously one of my favorite characters. Jasper was just plain weird and looked like he was stoned and/or really needed to go to the bathroom, which just made me laugh. I agree, Rosalie should have had a better dye job, but Jacob should have had a better wig also (even though he is totally HOT!) Edward kind of grew on me, but seriously couldn't they get someone more like Emmett to play the part? Some parts the Cullens had way too much white makeup, especially Carlisle in the hospital. Esme was okay, but I have to get over her annoying character in Grey's Anatomy before I think I could like her, plus why was she wearing her baseball hat like an old man? The thing was barely sitting on her head! Another thing that really bugged me was how Bella and her dad always ate at the diner. What?!? Why change that from the book, I think Bella cooking for her dad is a pretty significant part of the whole story, since it shows how she takes care of everyone and how hard it would be for her to make the transition to vampire eventually. I agree with you also on the sparkling thing. I was expecting more...he basically just looked like he was sweating really bad! I definitely hope they make a lot of money so they can spend more making the next one, because you could tell this one wasn't a big budget movie. But, it definitely made me want to go home and read the books again!

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with both of you! The diner thing was weird. And Jasper... I couldn't but help laugh too. There were lots of places in the movie where people laughed at parts that weren't supposed to be funny.
And what's with all these reviews from fans saying it's the best movie they've ever seen?? (Just look at the Twilight Myspace page... it's enough to make you gag!)

Katie said...

I did like the movie... but not as much as the book! I couldn't stand Kristen Stewart(Bella) she just rubbed me the wrong way. lol Edward... well I was in love with him since I found out who was playing the character in the movie LOL Alice and Jasper were by far my favorite characters. Rosalie...WAY too much makeup!!

Overall, I will buy it and WILL watch it over and over again. Just because I'm hopelessly addicted!

I can't wait to see if there will be a sequel. They sure ended it like there will be.

Andrea said...

I did enjoy the movie, or maybe it was just the fact that I was out of the house without my boys?!?

Agree that casting was good, especially once they got into the movie a bit. Hated Jasper, what a tweak. Over all I hated how tweakeresk the Cullens were, I picture them much more graceful. They took themselves way too seriously, it seamed a little lighter in the book.
Didn't like Jacob very much either, he's much hotter in my head.
The constant camera spinning and wooshing around of the Cullens was weird and annoying. I looking for better effects than that!

I will see the next ones that come out, supposedly the production company has the rights bought and screenplays are in process. I will not go to the theater to see them though.

Glad it's over, wish it had lived up to the hype!

valerie said...

So I finally went and saw it yesterday. I have very mixed feelings about it. I didn't have a huge expectation going in, and got pretty much what I thought it would be. Didn't hate it, didn't love it.
Liked bella better than I thought I would, she was little too pretty in the movie though, with her hair curled and such.
The chemistry between bella and edward was very poor, and I think that it why I didn't love it as much as I wanted to.
They had to go very fast throughout the movie to get it all in, and that made things lack overall in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Finally I get to post what I thought! I went Saturday night to see the movie, but I haven't had time to post. I've been bugging my husband with all my opinions so it's about time to get to "talk" to some ladies who know what I'm talking about! Anyways...I went in with low expectations as well. I didn't hate it didn't love it. I didn't have any problems with the Cullens but the casting of Angela, Jessica, Eric, Tyler..all drove me CRAZY! Really not what I thought.
Also...I can understand leaving things out from the book, but adding things that were never there? Eating dinner at the diner "every night", the Cullens making Bella dinner, Billy Black driving, murders in town. Why add those things in?
AND I was sad that they didn't have Alice in many scenes, where were the Cullens at the prom? It seemed that they would take three or four things that came from different chapters and try to smush it into one scene. Hopefully with New Moon they will make it a little longer, knowing that the fans will sit through a 2 1/2 hour movie, instead of trying to compact it. Oh if only we could write the screenplay!
I think the thing that bugged me the most was Edward's reaction when Bella walked in the room the first time. Instead of looking like he wanted to kill her he looked to me like he wanted to throw up. I giggled when I shouldn't have, it's a good thing that I wasn't in a theatre with die-hards.
So like I said didn't love it, didn't hate it. I'll buy it and watch it again and hope that they do an even better job with New Moon!
Thanks for hanging in there and reading all this if you are still reading!