All right, let me preface by saying that while I enjoyed the books, I'm not a die hard fan, nor do I think they are literary genius in the making. I don't squeal, and giggle and swoon at the thought of Edward being the only man for Bella. It's a decent story, but not a well written series of books.
Ok, that said, we got Twilight yesterday on blu-ray, and I finally watched the movie.
Overall, the movie left out a lot of little details, which are what I felt really -made- who the characters are. In the first half of the movie, scenes were switched with such speed that there was little time to acclimate to the changes. There was no settling in from one scene to the next, just abrupt changes.
Robert Pattinson is certainly a good looking guy, but through the entire movie, he felt awkward to me, especially in his interactions with Bella. The only time I felt he was at ease in both his role, and his interactions with Kristen Stewart was during the Prom scene where he leaned her over and kissed her neck.
Aside from that, he didn't feel charming, or at ease with his role or co-star. Kirsten Stewart did a better job, in my opinion.
On the cover, there is a blurb comparing the story to the Titanic, in terms of an epic love story. I'm sorry, but what tripe. Love story, sure. Epic? Yeah, to a bunch of 12 year old squealing fan girls.
The move did get better towards the middle and end, in terms of how it played out. It stopped feeling as abrupt. It was a decent movie, but like the book, I don't feel it was the newest genius in the taping. It'll endure simply because of the books.
However, if it weren't for the books, I don't think the movie would be as wildly popular as it is, nor would it make a whole lot of sense.
The books include more background that the movie just kind of ignored in the telling, but tried to make a big deal. Now, I'll compare it to Harry Potter real quick. The books were written with kids in mind, as were these books.
The movies were done after the books were wildly popular, as was the case here. However, the Harry Potter movies are decent representations of standing alone away from the book. Sure, they are missing info, but they don't try to squeeze it in, and make things make sense that don't because we never got the back story on them.
I don't know. I wasn't impressed with the movie. Like I said earlier, I enjoyed the books, but they weren't the bible to my being that they are to so many people. They weren't that well written, but the story was good. The movie just wasn't that great. It was a decent story, like the book, but I'm certainly glad I didn't wait in line at midnight with the 12 year olds to get it.