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Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Director: Catherine Hardwicke / DVD released 2009-04-06 at Contender Entertainment Group / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      29.07.2013 16:58
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      go watch, and then read!

      I wasn't into the whole twilight thing straight away. I thought it was just a phaze that would soon pass, but since receiving this as a family christmas gift, I now can say I'm a fan.

      At first I thought this would be the typical soppy love story, that really I couldn't care less about, but turns out it's got a bit more to it than that! Twilight is another one of these films that is spread out into four books, so naturally this has to made into five films! I hadn't read the books beforehand so didn't know what I should expect, but decided to keep an open mind (vampire stories being another thing can't say I was into).

      In my opinion, the film does begin quite slowly, admittedly we have to be introduced to the characters, so this is understandable, but gradually it picks up the pace and you can't stop watching it.

      It begins with the introduction of Bella (Kristen Stewart) who is moving away from her home and her mum, and moving in with her dad, to a more rainy and dreary forks. It is here that she meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who she knows straight away is something special.

      We are gradually introduced to some of her new friends, in and out of school such as Jessica, Eric, Angela and Mike, and of course not forgetting Jacob. As the story unfolds we learn that Edward and his family are vampires, but not the 'normal' variety, as they only feed on animal blood, and call themselves vegetarians. We also learn that Jacob is werewolf, and there are another group of vampres who set themselves out to kill Bella.

      All in all, it is a very good film and considering I wasn't a fan to start with completely won me over, I have subsequently purchased every other film in this series and have been pleasently surprised by all of them.

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        08.07.2013 15:14
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        A brilliant film!

        I loved it! When Twilight first came out in the cinemas, I didn't see the big fuss. Nor did I see the fuss when pictures of the actors were everywhere. Then, in 2011 out of boredom when it happened to be showing on tv, I started to watch it (having missed the first 10 mins).

        Twilight is the first movie in the Twilight saga based on books penned by Stephenie Meyer. There are 4 books in total, though there are 5 movies as the final novel "Breaking Dawn" was divided into two movies. I hadn't read the books when I started watching the saga, though I have now and LOVE them.

        The story begins with Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) moving from sunny Arizona to famously rainy Forks because her mother has remarried and wants to go travelling. Her father is the chief of police and has a strained relationship with Bella. They are very alike but also very silent and awkward which makes it difficult for them to communicate with each other, though they love each other deeply.

        There are a few good scenes with Bella and her new friends - Jessica (Anna Kendrick) encompasses 2 of the characters from the book. The dialogue is witty and modern and enjoyable to watch. Bella then meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his family. Like all the other students, she is intrigued at these pale students. Edward initially gives Bella the cold shoulder, acting like he hates her, and this perturbs Bella. In reality, Edward is a vampire and Bella's blood "sings" to him - it has a more potent scent than other humans and he struggles to control his desire to kill her.

        As the movie progresses, so does Edward's desire to protect Bella and this scares him. There is an important scene where he saves her life and this is the turning point. He realises he wants to be with Bella as he loves her, however unlikely the pairing. Most of his family are supportive, despite the risk it poses to them.

        Edward and Bella begin a passionate relationship and the love story unfolds. It is really easy to relate to, despite the whole vampire stuff. All is going well until a group of vampires notice Bella and decide to hunt her down and kill her. It is a powerful love story and very enjoyable to watch.

        Is it true to the book? Actually yes. Unlike many books-cum-films, Twilight is very much a copy of the book and it is brilliant. If you've read the book you will definitely recognise a lot of the dialogue and scenes.

        I had never heard of Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson before Twilight, but I have to say they are very fine actors. I have seen each in different films now and they are brilliant. I couldn't think of a better actress to play Bella - Stewart gives off the awkward, shy, misfit Bella brilliantly (whilst being gorgeous!). Pattinson's angst and inner turmoil are well acted and he is the perfect fit to Stewart's Bella.

        Not forgetting the other characters of course - Edward's sister Alice (played by Ashley Greene) is the perfect physical description as per the book (apart from her height, in real life Ashley is much much taller than Alice should be) and is a fine actress indeed. She handles the witty, perky dialogue brilliantly and is the kind of girl you'd want as a friend. Edward's other sister Rosalie (Nikki Reed) is also played well, the sarcastic and unsupportive nature is acted perfectly. Brothers Jasper & Emmett (Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz) are also played well and there are stellar performances from father Carlisle (Peter Facinelli). Mother Esme is played by Elizabeth Reaser and adds a pleasant, warm feel to the family.

        All in all, I was suprised myself at how much I enjoyed this film and I am now definitely a Twi-Hard! Does it appeal to men? Well sure, it does have a hint of love-story "chick flick" about it, but there is also a very good action scene, plenty of special effects etc to draw the men in. The writing is superb and the film is a credit to Meyer.

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          07.01.2013 19:38
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          The opening film into a franchise of vampires

          I brought this a while ago, and I must say It is the best film of the franchise. Catherine Hardwick does a very good job of setting the scene and introducing the characters. I brought the DVD at the retail price of £13.99, which I do not think is the best value for money. However seeing that you can now get it for under £6 I would recommend it as a purchase. There is a lack of extra features on the DVD, which made the price of £13.99 seem excessive, as you are not really getting much more than was availible for you at the cinema. However, if you are just interested in watching the film, for under £6, it is now much better value for money. It also stays very true to the books narrative, so if you enjoyed reading Meyer's original book then this is a definate must have!
          The plot of this first book invoves Bella swann arriving to stay with her dad in forkes and meeting a new family with a dark secret. They are vampires. However, Bella feels drawn to one of the Cullens; Edward. However, love does not run a smooth course with this couple. The vampire world and human world do not easily mix.

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            29.10.2012 14:42
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            It's a good movie you should buy it watch it was or twice but don't expect it to be amazing.

            This review is coming here to you from a major crazy twilight series book junkie.

            So you've probably heard of twilight, you'd have to be living under a rock if you haven't but here come the summary anyway:
            Bella is an average 17 year old girl from Phoenix. Her mother has recently got remarried to a baseball player. Bella decides to move to rainy Forks to live with her Dad that she only ever saw on yearly summer visits. This is a story of Bella's unusual Fork's lifestyle.

            I was majorly into the books. You couldn't get me away from reading them if you tried. I was basically locked in my room reading them. I cooled down after the first. Not because they got worse but because I realised the books wouldn't go anywhere if I went for a walk or did something else.

            Now on this site the average rating of this movie was about a four. Sure I'd give it that but I was expecting much less. I have heard people talk constantly and critise Kristen Stewart's acting over anything. If you didn't know she plays the famous Bella.

            Maybe I'm blind or can't critise but I couldn't see anything my friends could see. They said her angry, sad, annoyed, happy and every emotion was the same expressionless face. I'm happy to say I didn't see any of that. Now you may disagree with me but I thought it was a generally good movie.

            I'm not saying it's all good. It definetly isn't. I found it didn't draw me in like the books did. I couldn't stop reading the book. I loved how it protrayed Bella and Edward's relationship but to be honest the movie didn't do that to me.

            Another thing is I didn't really like Robert Pattinson as Edward. At one point I remember staring at him thinking not bad not bad and then Jacob who is played by Taylor Lautner came up beside him and I tutted to myself thinking no competition Jacon no competition.

            So as you can probably gather by now I'm team Jacob.

            So overall I'd say buy the movie watch it once or twice but don't expect to be blown away or you'll be disappointed.

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              02.03.2012 15:31
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              A very PG take on a relationship between a mortal girl and a vampire.

              I read Twilight last year after my neighbour gave me a copy of the book. Her daughter left it at her house along with other books she didn't want to cart back to Australia after her visit, so I was the lucky recipient. I had wanted to read the book as I know a lot of people highly rate it. I did also really enjoy the novel, as though it was definitely very PG rating, I felt it was rather beautifully written and not a lot happening was covered well.

              I had no real desire to see the film as I had heard many people say how bad it was. My husband watched it on TV a while ago, and I declined joining him, but when it was on again, he was about to watch it a 2nd time, so I felt that it might be worth a watch as I had nothing better to do, and he enjoyed it enough to watch it a second time. This however, was not really a good use of 2 hours of my life.

              The story while staying faithful to the happenings in the book just did not capture me the same way as reading the book did. Either my imagination is fabulous, which it very well might be, or this film just did not match up to what I expected.

              For anyone who has been hid in a hole for the past few years, the plot is rather simple. Bella Swan is a 17 year old girl who has been living with her mum in Phoenix up until she remarried to a Baseball player recently. She now returns to live with her Father in Forks, a small town near the Washington coast.

              Forks is a bit of a miserable place, with dull weather, but Bella soon settles in at the local high school and makes friends. One person who tries hard to not be friendly towards her is the mysterious Edward Cullen, but he can hardly avoid her when he is partnered with her in Biology class. Bella then intrigued by Edward who seems to be wherever she goes, very conveniently whenever trouble strikes. He saves her from a pack of boys who corner her in a dark alley, and he also seems to use superhuman strength to save her when a car skids on ice and nearly crushes her.

              Bella starts to try and figure Edward out, and when the warning signs start to point towards him being a vampire, the silly girl just starts a relationship with him anyway. She is not in peril because of Edward and his family, because they are probably the only vegetarian Vampires that exist, but she is soon spotted by another pack of vampires who decide she is the equivalent of a gourmet steak.

              Bella goes on the run to try and save herself from a tracker vampire, with Edward's family protecting her. Eventually there is a bloody showdown on her home turf in Phoenix, which is about the most dramatic that the film gets the whole way through.

              In terms of the story, the film does not do Stephanie Meyer's original novel justice in my opinion. The main actors of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson spend too long pouting and looking moody for my liking, and the only time they seem to liven up a bit is when they have a quick little snogging session in Bella's room before Edward decides he just can't. The novel delightfully covered the feelings being portrayed: Edward's frustration at not being able to read Bella's mind like everyone else in town, and his restraint as he really wants to suck her blood, and Bella's teenage angst as she doesn't know if Edward likes her or not, and then pushing him and pushing him into a relationship.

              The film felt like the tension was supposed to be building up, but you never quite get there. The soundtrack helps a little as the music is moody and atmospheric, and there are a couple of neat special effects like the superspeed baseball game the Cullen family plays, and Edward jumping through the trees like Tarzan with Bella on his back. When the camera panned out to show them at the top, I just had a little Wow they are really high up moment. It looked good.

              One bit I was looking forward to is the moment where Edward shows Bella what vampires look like in daylight. Their skin takes on a sparkling quality. This was a big let down. In my head, I think I was expecting more, and it jsut didn't match. Not even as sparkly as Kendal Mint Cake.

              I felt the two main leads did have enough chemistry between them to successfully play the leads, and they have made this a popular franchise amongst the army of teens who faithfully go and watch every film in the series. I just felt I expected a bit more oomph and it just wasn't there. Not even anything I can put my finger on really, other than the difficulty in conveying a feeling with a look on screen.

              While it wasn't the biggest turkey of a film I have ever seen, I shall not be rushing out to catch the other installments just yet.

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              19.02.2012 19:55
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              A vampire romance which only women seem to like.

              Twilight is the first film adapting the series of books penned by Stephanie Meyer for viewing on the big screen. The quadrilogy of novels is set to be turned into five live action movies, presumably because the final book is so jam packed with story that condensing it into one film would not do it justice. I may buy that reasoning for the finale to the Harry Potter saga, but in this particular case it strikes me as an example of a movie studio milking a popular franchise for all it is worth. Both the books and movies have been a huge hit with female audiences, but how appealing is it for blokes? Surely a tale featuring vampires and werewolves is going to be entertaining for male geeks and horror fans right? Let's take a closer look to see if that is the case, or whether we should save our hard earned pennies for Underworld instead.

              STORY

              We start off proceedings following Bella Swan whose mother has recently remarried. Now that mom is travelling all over the country, as her new hubbie is a minor league baseball player, it is decided that Bella should move in with her father who is the sheriff of a small town named Forks. Poor Bella now has to readjust from living in sunny Arizona to staying at the Washington coast which is famous for having the country's highest level of annual precipitation. Maybe she would have been better off ditching Forks and going over to Spoons which I hear has much nicer weather. Anyway, at her new high school Bella meets the equally pasty Edward Cullen who initially gives her the cold shoulder when the pair are forced to sit together in a science class.

              The two do however gradually begin to get closer, presumably because Bella has a thing for scrawny pretty boys who use way too much hair gel. Her interest in him peaks when Edward saves her from being crushed by a runaway vehicle. The daring last second rescue, which involved a burst of superhuman speed and a display of phenomenal strength that halts a truck with the use of one arm, suggests that Edward isn't your typical teenager. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past seven years you'll know that Ed's extraordinary abilities do not point to him being born on Krypton. Edward and his family are all vampires, although not the ones you associate with Dracula. The bloodsuckers from Twilight are impervious to sunlight. Rather than causing them to spontaneously combust, ultra violet rays make Twilight vampires sparkle almost as if their skin had been coated in glitter.

              Forks' residents needn't worry about being mauled by nosferatu because the Cullen clan consider themselves to be vegetarians. Rather than feed off human plasma they restrict themselves to feasting on the red stuff that seeps out of animals. Great news for us homo sapiens, although little comfort for the furry critters that reside in the forest surrounding Forks. Anyway, as time goes by a budding romance between Bella and Edward begins to bloom. Everything seems to be going peachy until another vampire group passes through town. One of the new brood takes an interest in Bella, much like how I take an interest in Mars bars that cross my field of vision. Will Edward be able to protect his love from the Lost Boys reject who wishes to snack on her? Only time will tell.

              CHARACTERS

              Out of the two leads I would have to say that Kristen Stewart (Bella) comes across as being the most competent in terms of acting. Unfortunately for the young actress her character is lumbered with terrible dialogue which is awfully difficult to deliver. I have to say that I didn't like Bella at all and find myself perplexed as to why Edward would be attracted to her, aside from her looks. Settling down in a new school is never easy, and even though Bella is fortunate enough to be greeted by friendly kids who offer her friendship, she always seems to want to keep them at an arm's length. When I, the unsociable hermit who stays indoors all day, feels like a movie character should make more of an effort to integrate with others, you know the character in question is too much of a recluse. There's nothing wrong with that I suppose, but it makes it hard for the viewer to relate to her which isn't a good sign for a protagonist.

              In terms of performances the weak link of the piece would have to be Robert Pattinson (Edward.) His portrayal of the character left a lot to be desired to say the least. His deadpan delivery of lines made it hard to believe that he felt anything for Bella which really sabotaged the love story in my eyes. Pattinson's mechanical acting skills lacked any emotion aside from a few silly faces whenever Edward becomes agitated. I could accept this if the vampires in the Twilight universe were soulless freaks who have trouble displaying what the feel, but this isn't the case. The rest of the Cullen family all come across as regular people with distinct personalities which their respective actors have no problem in conveying. Edward keeps telling us that a relationship between a human and a vampire is a bad idea, but the actor playing the part seems to be incapable of showing his inner turmoil. All the scenes were Edward wrestles between his love for Bella and the fear that he may harm her due to his bloodlust unfortunately fall flat.

              SUMMARY

              I'm giving Twilight two sparkly stars out of five. My expectations, after hearing so many critics pan it, were that Twilight would turn out to be one of the worst films of all time. After watching it I would however have to say that it is nowhere near as bad as some people claim it to be. Yes I didn't enjoy it, but then again I am not its target audience. I'm not into mushy films and the series is well known for repelling anyone with a penis. That said, a quality film should be able to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. Just think of all those animated movies that kids love, but due to some clever script writing and competent acting end up being enjoyable for adults as well. Some more action would have helped keep any poor boyfriends being forced to watch this awake. Alas the little combat we get to see is restricted to the finale.

              Speaking of action, I feel they could have splashed out a bit more cash on the special effects given what a guaranteed money maker these films are. Visually the fights didn't surpass what you would see on a television show such as Smallville or Buffy. The romance wasn't much better either feeling rather forced. It didn't develop naturally, be it due to the poor acting or because they had to cut content from the book to squeeze the story into a two hour feature. Then again maybe the source material is to blame as the cringe worthy romance seemed to be poorly written, rivalling George Lucas' laughable Anakin/Padme dating scenes from the Clone Wars. Meyer after all isn't touted as being the finest author to ever grace literature. Some say that she is a cheap Anne Rice knock off and ironically enough when watching Twilight I couldn't help but feel that I would rather watch Interview with the Vampire instead.

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                31.01.2012 23:20
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                this film is amazing

                i really think this film was unexpected. i thought it was really good but when i looked at the cover it just looked like a normal romantic film like all the others but once my sister made me sit and watch it with her i was astonished of how interesting it was it isnt the usual films i would sit and watch it was quite romantic edward collins and bella are really good characters the chemistry between them is amazing. this film wasnt just all about being romantic it had alot more to it which i did like. i have now watched the following movies to it. i would reccomend this film to others even if its not what they would usually watch its different its got it all, love, vampires, wolves this movie will be remembered and repeatly watched by me and members of my family i give it 5*.

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                30.08.2011 14:42

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                this film is amazing! the chemistry between the two main characters, edward and bella, is electric - which is shown by the fact that they are together in real life! this in my opinion, definitely makes the film seem more real, and as if vampires could actually exist - you feel the fear for bella, as vampires all desire to drink her blood. the film ends on a huge cliffhanger, leaving you desperate for more - in the form of eclipse, the 2nd installment of the twilight saga :)

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                23.08.2011 22:00
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                Suckers!

                Star - Robert Pattinsson
                Certificate - 12a
                122 - Minutes
                Genre - Teen Romance
                Country - American
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                Everything about Twilight suggests it's not for me or people like me - anyone over 14. It's a teen romance and it happens in a high school and there are vampires involved, the template for teen television these days. But there is more to this than meets the eye, a surprisingly atmospheric and romantic affair, well made and attractive to the eye, as I'm sure star and English actor Robert Pattinson is to most of the ladies out there. With a cool soundtrack, of which Pattinson wrote two songs for and includes Linkin Park and Muse, this is a big steer away from the gothic genre clichés and has something different going on that is somewhat appealing.

                The whole thing with unrequited love seems to resonate more with our teenagers these days. Why anyone would want to date a vampire is another story. Why anyone would want to date the apparently stuck up Kristen Stewart is also fair comment, a strangely unappealing leading lady for a teen romance. Ok, I haven't read the books the films are based on and so maybe there is reason she is too aloof and skinny.

                Catherine Hardwick directs, she of Thirteen, this earning the biggest opening weekend for a female director ( $69 million) in history, beating Deep Impact (Mimi Leder) telling a love story in a way that Stephanie Meyers books appeal to so many young, that of the agony of not being able to date the hot boy at school. But what catches your imagination here is how well she has made a run of the mill romance have any appeal to anyone over 21, yours truly.

                ---The Cast---

                Robert Pattinsson ...Edward Cullen
                Kristen Stewart ... Bella Swan
                Kellan Lutz ... Emmet Cullen
                Ashley Greene ... Alice Cullen
                Sarah Clarke ... Renée
                Matt Bushell ... Phil
                Billy Burke ... Charlie Swan
                Gil Birmingham ... Billy Black
                Taylor Lautner ... Jacob Black
                Gregory Tyree Boyce ... Tyler
                Justin Chon ... Eric
                Michael Welch ... Mike Newton
                Anna Kendrick ... Jessica
                Christian Serratos ... Angela
                Nikki Reed ... Rosalie
                Jackson Rathbone ... Jasper

                ---The Plot---

                High school ice maiden Isabella Swann (Stewart) has just moved to a small town called 'Forks' to live with her dad (Billy Burke), the local sheriff, the town high up in the misty hills of Washington State on the East Coast of America, those trees and the hunting below them the only show in town. Mum (Sarah Clarke) is back in capital city with her new husband and so Bella has chosen dad as the preferred parent for now.

                On day one at school she is quick to make friends, soon falling head over heels with the pale and enigmatic Edward Cullen (Pattinsson), far too cute to approach, that is until he rescues her in a car crash, showing super human speed and strength that can not be explained away. In fact the whole of Cullen's family are as equally pale and mysterious.

                As the romance gathers pace Bella is invited into the Cullen vampire fold, eaters of only animals, alternative vampires if you like, a family not used to outsiders but will protect anyone who becomes part of the family, as Bella does, fully aware of their secret. Cullen's attraction to Bella is ambiguous to say the least, trying very hard to resist the temptation all vampires have around pretty damsel's delicate necks, this contradiction and agony seemingly the attraction between the two. But there are bad vampires in the spooky woods and the body count is rising fast for the unlucky locals of Forks, humans still the core food source for most bloodsuckers, not a place for alabaster skinned 17-year-old girls to be out on their own.

                ---The Result---

                Any film that gets 200 reviews on dooyoo must have wide appeal and so worth a look when it pops up on TV. Admittedly most of those reviews are appalling, the demographic that most enjoyed this film and made it $400 million dollars in the cinemas and DVD the reason for that. But the film is far more mature and articulate than its mass audience suggests and I have to say I was pleased by the fact I enjoyed this. The whole idea of two young people not being able to love each other and their attraction a repellent is an interesting one to play with (they call it underage teen lust), his love for her purely about protection to preservation, but at anytime a weakness and urge inside able to kill her. That echoes with many young people who may be in love with people they shouldn't be, their sexuality, religion, culture or disability that keeps them away from the ones they have a crush on.

                With that massive return from its $37 million budget it was no surprise the sequels from Stephanie Meyers books came thick and fast, but by all-accounts not so good. Another surprise about Twilight is its incredibly poor ratings with the reputable film press, considering it took all that money, only 5.4 out of 10.0 on the IMDB.com, teen girls unable to kick up those numbers. Film critic's website Rottentomatos.com tells the real story, professional critics giving it just 49% approval, the users at 84%. It is one of those films where the aesthetics matter most.

                The acting is limited and the film and pace having a TV series feel to it and I'm sure that will follow the film quadrilogy. Patinsson is absurdly cool and beautiful in the lead and maybe the new Johnny Depp, 'OMG' as the cool girls say, whilst Kristen Stewart is just unconvincing, even though she won the job from over 4000 female hopefuls. She leaves me cold. Again, I presume there is a reason why she is so dour and I'm sure she too will have super powers one day soon. But, ultimately, this does work in the way shows like Smallville and Supernatural do and was well worth the rent. It's rare to find a charming and interesting teen romcom these days and it's fair to say 'Twilight' is comfortably above that particular Plimsoll Line. There are only so many American Pie Road Trips one can stomach.

                = = = Critics = = =

                The Times - "A sometimes girlie swirl of obsession that will delight fans, this faithful adaptation is after teenage blood, and will most likely hit a box office artery".

                The Daily Telegraph - "I watched Twilight in a cinema full of young girls who, when they weren't texting friends and guzzling soft drinks, giggled, sighed and exhaled with a passion that was not only endearing, but a measure of its emotional truth".

                The Arkansas Bugle - "The two hormonal teenagers sizzle like sausages in a frying pan. The supernatural stunts don't disappoint. Neither does the deadpan wit".

                Top Critic.com - "I've had mosquito bites that were more passionate than this undead, unrequited, and altogether unfun pseudo-romantic riff on Romeo and Juliet.

                Cinema.com -" A densely erotic, twisted take on teen screen romance, Twilight zones out beneath the crushing weight of underage lust intensified and complicated by the excruciating abstention here of unorthodox vampire appetites".


                = = = Ratings = = =

                Rottentomatos.com - 49% critic's approval (84% users)
                Imdb.com - 5.4/ 10.0 (148,400 votes)
                Metacritic.com - 37% critic's approval
                Radio Times Film Year Book - 3/5
                Leonardo Maltin's Film Year Book - 4/5

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                  A depressing romantic sob story in drab gray.

                  Twilight, Twilight, Twilight. What can be said of this series of books and movies that hasn't already been said a million times (and there's certainly enough reviews to choose from). Certainly one of the most divisive franchises since McDonald's, there has been so much written for and against about this series. Rational people say it sucks. Freaky fans are all over the moon about it, and start weird cults like the "Cullenists" around it. Edward Cullen is worshipped as a groundbreaking vampire's wet dream by the denizens of teenage fangirls, and who subsequently would love to be like Bella Swan as a consequence of this admiration. And then there's people like me who really just don't give a rat's donkey. But I figured as I have managed to stay a Twilight virgin this long, and not wanting to waste my time in reading the books, I thought I'd take a gander at the first film in this popular series instead, as it just happened to premiere on my country's TV waves only recently. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is a miserable teenager who moves into a small town to live with his cop daddy, and who then at school ends up meeting a mysterious guy with unkempt bedroom hair, named Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Over Bella's persistent taking of interest in the guy and Edward's continuous pushing his nose into her face despite saying "we should keep our distance," the two start to fall in love. Awwww... However, irked by Edward's consistently weird behaviour, Bella then obliquely confronts him, leading to him revealing his dark secret to Bella: he is in fact a vegetarian vampire with poison fangs and skin that keeps him safe while jogging in the sunlight. Not only that, but the rest of his family are just like him as well, so before even having time to say "sparkly vampires," she is essentially taken into the family as an honorary member. And while all this is happening, these generally warm-esque welcomes are then interspersed with a group of mysterious killings that have started cropping up around town at the same time, and which prove to actually be the doings of a small group of travelling vampires who, of course, end up taking an interest in Bella as the film goes on (typical heroine syndrome then).

                  Now since I haven't read the books, I can't honestly compare how the book-to-movie translation has fared, but even so as the film already lasts a hefty 122 minutes, making it quite an effort to sit through as is, I'm quite willing to sacrifice a bit of detail to make the movie not be a four-hour epic (that's okay for Once Upon a Time in America, but not something like Twilight). The majority of the film is spent on the building relationship between Bella and Edward, as well as the differences of them being a human and a vampire. And by goodness are the two almost certainly made for each other. Bella is a perpetually gloomy teenage girl who never smiles, never speaks in anything else than a dulled out monotone, wears only dark clothes, has pasty white skin that makes one wonder if there's any actual blood circulating in her veins (ironic as that is the one thing the vampires seem to be drawn at so much), and seems to continuously be on the verge of suicide. Edward on the other hand is a gloomy teenage vampire who never smiles (those awkwardly fake smirks don't count), speaks in a dulled monotone, wears dark clothes, has funky hair no comb can ever battle against, and seems to continuously be on the verge of bursting into tears. And these two we pretty much are then forced to follow for the whole of two hours, at the end of which you'd swear you'd be depressed enough to want to go cut yourself up in the bathroom sink to make you feel even more miserable with yourself. Or so you would if not for the story and visual style coming in the way of taking you out of that proper mindset of sweet self-mutilation.

                  For as much as Bella and Edward are a truly depressing pair to follow, the plot (if it can indeed be termed as a plot) is so dull that one would be hard pressed to actually feel any strong emotions coming out to make you feel anything other than a listless funk. This is emphasised by the drab and gray surrounding cinematography that would push the levels of even the most ardent follower of indie movies about drug use and depressive Weltschmerz. Truly with the main characters being so mute, bland, gray, and ready to jump off the X Generation trolleycar, the fact that the visual style and general storytelling don't want to contrast them at all against the outside world makes the whole film an exceptionally hollow whole. And no, the students in the school don't count as they are too much stereotypes of each other to be even called characters in the first place. No, Twilight seriously seems to want to be dull both on the outside as well as on the inside. And the continuously swinging camera doesn't help matters as any attempt at a more artistic take on camera runs needs a more potent visual style to make it work. Twilight doesn't offer this enough, making the off-centre swings of the shots look more pretentious and ridiculous as a direct effect. Oh, and speaking of effects, they look equally silly. Seeing as this movie was made in 2008, one would expect more in this department, but unfortunately the end results look more amateurish than anything fitting such a high profile film. As I watched this with my mother, who knows even less about Twilight than I do, she just burst straight out laughing when Edward started running through the woods at high speed with Bella on his back. Is this reaction what the filmmakers were after? I'd really want to say yes, but I kinda doubt it.

                  This general dullness lasts a whole of 1,5 hours before things finally start to pick up for the last 30 minutes - though not before we get another embarrassing scene of seeing the vampires playing baseball - when the trio of rogue vampires finally wander onto the scene, led by Cam Gigandet (a surprising highlight of the cast, even if very over-the-top). The ensuing chase for Bella at least gives something to watch here of even marginal interest, and though in many ways it's too little too late, at that point I was just praying SOMETHING else would happen to make me not fall asleep on my parents' sofa. So if anything, at least the film leaves off on a somewhat more satisfying note, but it's not enough to save the film from its depressing overall score. But all that said, I can't say Twilight is the worst film I've ever seen. Certainly I've seen worse, and truly its greatest offence really is for it being so dreadfully boring, filled with boring characters and boring situations with boring visual aesthetic and sucky special effects. And as much as people say Stephanie Meyer has revolutionised vampires with a new spin, I say that she has indeed quite successfully manage to rape the formerly frightening children of the night into becoming tepid emo teenagers who aren't tortured with anything more than the lone tear rolling out of their left eye. What is even more disturbing is the admiration the two main characters receive from fans wanting to lift them as great role models, as they seem to be far from the ideal that anybody should be striving toward. An abusive (in the beginning at least), difficult boyfriend and a depressed, gloomy look on the modern teenage woman are not virtues to hold up in glory. And as Twilight continues on its triumphant advance to be the 2000's bullhorn of perfection for today's Generation XYZ, I find myself rather shaking my head at all the hype and praise.

                  Despite this, I do still want to see the sequels just to find out if these movies can actually dig themselves out of the trench the first movie has already dug. The trailers at the very least seem to promise more horribly executed special effects and fresh gay pride icons if nothing more. I must catch them when they land on the nearest television in my vicinity. Until then, watch the first Twilight movie only if your self-esteem is in good condition and you don't mind any affronts to your perception of good taste. Otherwise, you're better off giving it a very wide fanging.

                  © berlioz, 2011

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                    16.02.2011 12:53
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                    Excellent movie for all ages

                    Whenever i went round to any of my friends houses, all they used to go on about was twilight this twilight that. They were like 16year olds again. Everywhere i went i could not get away fromn twilight. It was advertised on television (what felt like every other advert) and on poster all over town and surrounding areas which was really starting o do my head in. . . . even the hairdresser was talkin about it.
                    It was a few month later when the DVD came out that my friend suggested that i should watch her copy of the DVD. This particular friend has alraedy been to the cinema 6 times to watch it and watched it nonstop when she got it on DVD. So i thought why not!!
                    Before i watched the film i was told to be careful because i would want to watch it over and over again... and i did!!
                    The story begins with Balla Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to forks to live her dad cheif inspecter Charlie Swan. Bella makes this decision so she doesnt hold her mum and the new boyfrind back from travelling. Bela doesnt think much to folks at all. Folks is a close knit community, and very cold which is probably why there is a lot of vampires in that area. Bella has no friens here that is until she starts school.
                    Bella's first class is where she meets Edward Cullen. The most talked about boy from the most talked about family in the school. Bella's mouth drops as soon as she sees him as she cannot believe how beautiful he is. Edward looks at Bella with a really strange look and avoids her as much as possible all lesson.. even though they sit next to each other.
                    Bella first norices Edwards powers when he saves her from a carcrash which should have crushed her....!! Bella knows that htere is something more sinister about Edward and must find out what he is. She starts researching and discovers the truth... Edward is a vampire.
                    From that moment a a deep love story unravels as Edward would do anything in his power to protect Bella from anything that may harm her.
                    I really dont want to tell you any more bescause it will ruin it for you if you havent already watched it.
                    This film is so gripping and you just cant wait to find out what comes next. Just from looks that they give each other you can tell that Bella And Edward have a specil kind of love... A kind that doesnt break.... A kind that will last forever.
                    If you have read the book i suigget you avoid the film. It is rather dissapointing after reading the book, but then again it is still worth watching.

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                      Twilight DVD

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                      After recently reading the first Twilight book, I know, I am a little behind the times, I decided it was about time I saw the DVD as I have seen so much gossip and info on the leading young stars I thought I would give their movie a chance. Vampires are everywhere at the moment and very much en vogue and this film definitely leads the hunt in the vampire search. I enjoyed the bool but didn't love it but I was interested to see how they would bring the story and the vampires to life so to speak.

                      To just describe a little bit about the story. Twilight is described as a deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful love story with a bite. It follows the story of Bella, a highschool student who moves to Forks, Washington from Phoenix, Arizona. She expects to hate it but does not count on meeting the most beautiful, mysterious boy she has ever seen in her life, Edward. He is inexplicably drawn to her too and soon all his weird customs and actions start to make sense to her.

                      Bella is played by Kristen Stewart and Edward is played by Robert Pattinson. I, unlike probably most of the female population of a certain age don't really have a crush on R Patz but he is a good looking guy and they managed to make him rather irresistible in this movie. What I loved about all the vampire characters is the way they looked quite different from their human counterparts. It was like there was something a bit different about them but you couldn't really put your finger on it. I think this tied in really well with the storyline as people never really knew what they were, although there were rumours. Their faces had quite a ghostly white look to them but they were all very beautiful and seemed to move through the air very gracefully and unhumanly like which I thought was great.

                      Forks was well portrayed too as this was quite a big part of the story for me. It was rainy and cold and gloomy and in fact the whole movie seemed to take on quite a bleak grey tinge for me. There were some stunning scenery scenes too, like when the kids all went out to the forest for a day trip, absolutely beautiful trees and lakes which you would expect from a place with higher than average rainfall.

                      Although I did like the movie I kind of felt like once you had read the book, you might of well not see the film as you already know the whole thing. The film, in my opinion was just like the book, you could almost follow it word for word, scene for scene. There was no real magic created for me in the film. Unlike the Harry Potter films which I think are stunning and really bring Hogwarts to life this just followed the story for me and din't really show me anything new.

                      I would definitely say this is a film for teenagers. It is definitely a really touching love story but quit innocent and PG so if you were worried about your young kids watching it I wouldn't as it definitely had some nice family values in it. . Even Edward the vampire has a good moral code! Like the book, at times I felt this movie moved quite slowly and got a bit tedious. I was a bit bored in places, maybe because I knew what was coming next but I have to say I would probably watch the next film in the series just to find out what happens to Bella and Edward!

                      The film is based on the book by Stephenie Meyer who is an American author. The film has done extremely well. According to an article I read, the film grossed $192.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $199.8 million in international territories for a total of $392.6 worldwide. Its opening weekend gross was the highest ever of a female-directed film. The DVD was released in April 2009 and can now been purchased from places like Amazon for about £5. The film runs for approximately 117 minutes and is rated 12. Special features include audio commentary with Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

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                        Bella falls in love with Edward but it is not going to be easy

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                        Bella is lonely, she has moved from her Mothers home to live with her Dad in a small town called Forkes. She has never been one to fit in and likes to keep herself to herself and not have to bother with the latest fashions or trends. She starts her new school and makes friends but she is fascinated by the Collins family who attend the school. They are a strange bunch and do not fit in and Bella instantly takes a liking to Edward.

                        Bella gets a chance to get to know Edward as she sit with him in Biology but Edward will not talk to her and he soon disappears. When Bella is in danger at school it is Edward who saves her life and this leads Bella to make the discovery that he is a Vampire. She likes this idea and is not scared of him and soon their friendship blossoms.

                        Jacob is a family friend and he warns Bella to stay away from the Collins family but she cannot understand why. Will Bella be able to live with Edward's secret and will he be able to resist biting her and be able to start a relationship?

                        I have never had any interest in the Twilight saga before as Vampires and Werewolves to terrify the life out of me but I did give in to hubby and let him watch this film and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. I found the story to be excellent and so to was the acting. The one thing I enjoyed was how they made the Vampires quite human and believable and not the scary monsters we have all come to know them to be. The love story was great and not overly soppy and even hubby enjoyed this aspect of the film.

                        The acting was also excellent. Robert Pattinson played the role of Edward and he really had me mesmerised whenever he was onscreen. He played the dark and moody side to perfection and when he changed for Bella and became soft and gentle he also made this side of him very believable. He looked amazing and I even found him to be quite easy on the eye despite being so pale. There was a wonderful chemistry between him and the role of Bella and they were very natural together. Bella was played by Kristen Stewart and she was amazing. She showed so many different sides to her character and was easy to get to know and understand. She seemed at easy with Edward and when she did get scared she managed to show this is such a good and believable way. There was a good bond between the two lead roles and it was so good to watch.

                        We had some good support actors in the film and the role of Jacob was one which was quite memorable. He was played by Taylor Lautner. I liked the Indian appearance he had and felt he showed a good solid character with a hidden secret. He showed strength and softness with his character and I enjoyed the way he was with Bella and how he felt about her. Other good characters and actors included, Peter Facinelli as Dr Cullen, Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Ashley Green as Alice and Anna Kendrick as Jessica. They were all very different characters and they did give the story some depth.

                        The special effects in the film were super and all blended will with the story and they did not look out of place at any point. I loved the appearance that Edward was given when in the sunlight as it was not what I was expecting as I have always thought Vampire died when in sunlight. The effects which were used to give them powers and fast movement were also very well made and looked natural. We did have some good shots of the surrounding area which special effects had been used on and I enjoyed seeing all of these and thought they were a joy to look at. The music was also good and worked well with the emotions and storyline.

                        I have not read the book which this film is based on so I am not able to comment on how different or similar it is but I will be looking for it now as I enjoyed the film so much. I think this definitely suit's the teenage market but there is also enough of a story to also make it appealing to the adult market. I will certainly be watching the following film very soon.

                        The DVD can be bought for around £7 now which I feel is a reasonable price. The film is also being shown on Sky Anytime for the next few weeks. The run time of the film is 122 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish. The rate is a 12A and I agree with this due to the subject matter.

                        I am more than happy and quite surprised to be giving this film the full 5 stars but I really did entertain both me and hubby. It was not what I expected as I am not a fan of Vampires and I found the love story which we got to be enjoyable and believable. The acting and effects are excellent and I think this film is definitely one for all to watch.

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                          03.11.2010 11:22
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                          Teenage girls will love this

                          I had already read the first two books of this series when the first movie was released in cinema and decided I wasn't going to see it because the movie almost always ruins the book!

                          However, when it was released on DVD, my friends couldn't believe I hadn't watched the movie and seen the beauty that is Robert Pattison (are you all serious?!) so made me watch it with them.

                          **The Story**

                          Twilight follows Isabella Swan, or Bella, as she goes to live with her father is rainy Forks.

                          On her first day at her new school, she sees Edward Cullen for the first time and is instantly drawn to him, but she doesn't know why. She sits next to him in one of her lessons and it seems that Edward is disgusted by her, not even looking at her when she speaks.

                          When he saves her life, they begin to bond and it soon becomes clear why Edward was so strange around her. The movie then develops into a love story.

                          Bella also meets childhood friend Jacob on her return to the town and begins to form a strong friendship with him. However, he is not impressed that she is becoming close to Edward. But why?


                          **From Novel to Movie**

                          As I said before, I hate watching the movie versions of books as I think it spoils the story. I must say, this movie did stick to, pretty much, everything that happened in the book and didn't change the storyline.

                          However, I would prefer to read the book again than watch the movie.


                          **What I thought?**

                          In a way, I did enjoy the movie. I was interested to see what the did with it and think that they gave the novel justice.

                          However, I don't think I will be watching it again. I didn't find the acting all that great and struggled to get into the movie as much as I would others because of this.

                          I am still in two minds about this movie as I did enjoy the story but there was just something about it that I didn't like.

                          Teenage girls will definately love this and that is probably why it is so big now.

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                          16.10.2010 20:52
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                          For those who have read the book, i strongly suggest seeing the film,

                          Twilight is an adaptation of the novel, of the same name, written by Stephanie Meyer. This film is aimed towards teenagers, rated at a 12A, probably aged 13+. It runs for 122 minutes but is easy to follow.

                          Who's In It?

                          Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed And Jackson Rathbone all play the main parts in this film.

                          What Is It About?

                          At the start of the movie we see Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moving out of her mother Renee's house into her father Charlie's (Billy Burke)home in the rainy town of Forks, Washington. While she is there she meets the gorgous Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)who steals her heart, little does she know he has a dark secret that is about to be shared. She then meets her childhood friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) who seems to have taken a shine to her. Her life changes drastically as her and Edward get closer.

                          I dont want to tell you anymore as it will ruin the story.

                          This film is approximately 2 years old, and can no longer be seen at the cinema, but can be brought on DVD for a reasonable price.

                          The films (and books) following this are New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

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