So, as you know I stood in line at 8 pm, waited for 4 hours, to see the movie I've been waiting for.. for a long time! I waited a bit to write about what I thought till my "web" buddies got a chance to see it, cause I was dying to see what they thought, to compare notes and what not.
The line began to wrap around the building, filled with anxious teenagers, and "tween agers.. As I thought, it is a "school night" right? Regardless of the squeals, and the "Oh, my Gawd!" remarks, I was excited beyond belief, with my Team Edward shirt on (that every other 13 year old was wearing too), sitting on the floor with the hubby watching a movie on his 3G, painting my nails black, and Bridget on my other side talking about anything and everything!
Finally, we are allowed in the theater with a mad dash to claim 8 seats, throwing our jackets and bag over them, and sitting on the others like a baseball player sliding into base... safe! The movie begins and the crowd roars and cheers, and the girls, including me, giggle with excitement!
The first sight of the Cullen Clan, walking in that slow motion, wind blowing against their ever so perfect hairs, with the sound of "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse in the background, got my temperature rising a few degrees! Erica and I giggled like a couple of school girls seeing Mr. Cool for the first time. It was perfect! Then pan into view, Mr. Edward Cullen... Mr. Immortal Vampire, Handsome Creature, Perfect in every sense of the word perfect, intense look in his golden eyes that should make all female creatures tingle from inside out.. that was the Edward in my vision.. but out comes what seems to be someone that stepped out of Highschool Musical with a bit too much "white" on, who was thrown the script like 15 minutes ago and expected to be the "it" guy. Now don't get me wrong, I think Robert Pattinson is a HOT guy. I just wish he took an Edward Cullen 101 class.. He's got the looks, but I really wanted him to captivate me, to sweep me off my feet. Instead he struggled with the words and at some points his acting.
I laughed so hard at the scene when he first sees Bella in class, with that look of anguish/ I don't want to eat you face.. his reaction of "Ewww.. get a way" could easily be misunderstood for someone who has not read the books. They did not make that clear enough for me.
Then came the courtship.
It happened to quick. We needed more dialogue.. more anguish of her trying not to fall for him, but couldn't help it kinda thing. I needed more from him too.. to see more of his pain of trying to not fall in love for this mortal girl because he knew what that would do to her.. I needed to see more of the "forbidden" love that was unfolding. And all I was left with is "what could've been" in my head.
The meadow scene.
The scene that I could read over and over again and loose myself through pages of endless possibilities. The scene where she confronts him of the truth.. I mean, she just realized that he's a vampire for goodness sake. We needed a bit more reaction than that! We needed more conviction.
To sum it up, much of what made the relationship between Bella and Edward an iconic love story for women everywhere (notice I didn't say teenagers)... was stripped away from this movie. And we were left with a mediocre teenagery-angst of a film. At times I felt like I was watching a high school play where the girls sitting behind may have tried out for but didn't quite make the cut.
So I'm left to say, that although it had it's moments that snapped me back into the world of Bella and Edward... like the scene where Bella visits their home and they are talking in his bedroom, and he slyly whisks her away.. ah!
The BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER.. and my imaginative mind alone is enough to reclaim my love for Twilight. I will always love Edward and Bella, and this movie will not overshadow this series for me. I look forward to Part 2.
The other Characters:
- Loved, loved, loved, Alice. Perfect!
- Carlise was on the dot
- Jasper.. despite his somewhat odd behavior, because he's starting to get used to this vegetarian diet, I wish they did more with him..
- Jacob. You know I actually adore this guy. He had a small role, that's okay. I can't wait to see if there is a Part 2, and if they do, will they keep this Jacob, if so, they need to buff him up... after all he is a growing Werewolf!
Alright, my fellow Twilight-Cohorts.. lay it on me.. what did you think? Parts you loved, didn't love, wanted more of, less of.. I want it all.. I know I've met tons of you that fell in love with the series.. so drop by and let me know! I'm dying to know what you all thought! Until then, here is what my girlfriend, Tonya, who sat 4 seats away, thought of it...