Excerpt: While perusing through my issue of Entertainment Weekly last summer, I came across an article on an author by the name of Stephenie Meyer. I hadn’t heard the name before, but I was vaguely familiar with the series of vampire books that was (and had been) taking the country by storm for the last few years. Personally I had decided to add to my duties as a film critic by reading the entire ?Harry Potter?
Excerpt: Imagine this scenario: Your daughter, somewhere in the realm of her sweet sixteen, brings home a new boyfriend. He looks a little off, and your daughter states, “Mom, dad, this is Edward. He’s the coolest. Oh, and he runs around the forest sucking the life out of deer because he’s a vampire! We’re dating.” While not the plot of teen sensation Twilight , at some point during this movies mythology, that conversation will have to happen.
Excerpt: Bella Swan has always been a little bit different never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Culler, a boy unlike any she's ever met.
Conclusion: 'Twilight' is one of those pop culture phenoms that's probably inexplicable to most, but has hit its target tween audience smack dab in the center of their heads. I found it to be an inoffensive teen vampire romance, if something I couldn't really sink my teeth into as a 38-year-old adult. This Blu-ray is a perfectly solid, with very nice video, fairly good audio, and a well-rounded spate of supplements and exclusives.
Excerpt: Twilight would be the same movie with or without vampires. Edward is attracted to Bella because she smells delicious, but he could just as easily have been attracted to her because she’s really super-hot. Bella on the other hand, is attracted to Edward for the same reason all teenage girls seem to be attracted to bad boys. I don’t know what that reason is, but the female lust for jerks is something of a universal constant, and it’s on full display here.
Excerpt: An adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's insanely popular novel about a tormented teenage vampire and the plucky heroine who loves him, Twilight has a lot of unattractive baggage for audience members who haven't already given over their hearts and loins to Meyer's young-adult series.
Conclusion: Twilight is a far better movie than many may have expected. Despite its construction around the basics of romance and vampire lore, not to mention its strict adherence to a basic three-act story, it feels incredibly fresh and remains engaging from beginning to end. The film develops its characters very well, aided by a pair of above-average performances from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Summary: Let me start off thusly. I am not a tweenage girl, I haven’t read the apparently fantastic series of books that provide the source material and the whole emo thing leaves me cold. In short, I expected to loathe this movie, but, in good news for all the boyfriends and dads that will get dragged along, it’s actually not too bad. Not great, unless you’re a tweenage emo girl who has read all the books, but not bad.