In Theatres: 
Nov 21, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hours, 1 Minutes

Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels have become some of the most loved and most read novels for women young and old and character Edward Cullen one of the most revered fictitious characters in literature this year. With that being said its safe to say it was only a matter of time before Meyer’s novels were brought to life on the big screen.

Having never read the books, only caught bits and pieces of information between the many women in my life, I felt confident enough that I knew what was coming. The plot for the series is as formulaic as ever; a hero tormented by his gifts as both a curse and a blessing confides in his love only to have them put in danger by his secret. If you’ve seen or read the Roswell series or watched Smallville then your probably already familiar with the formula used here. Twilight however is fortunate enough to have a better casting of actors and actresses who put life into their characters and easily win you over with both charm and skill. Actor Rob Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) plays the much loved Edward Cullen who manages to charm his way through the film without being to overly sweet, but not to the point where his characters seriousness becomes contrite, though his character is victim to some bad dialogue here and there. While his delivery isn’t always perfect it works. Kristin Stewart (The Messengers) plays Edward’s love interest Bella Swan and even though I’ve never really cared for her previous performances she fit’s the bill extremely well here. As for the rest of the cast, they all seem to do well in their parts both acting-wise as well as emoting all the right character traits. The only real problem I had was with Peter Facinelli (Can’t Hardly Wait) whose Carlisle character looked almost as if he were an albino. A small detail but it stands out in a big way.

Director Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story) does a great job of keeping the usual teen film pitfalls down to a minimum. There was no cheesy slow motion group walks, no over blown slow motion glances, and no typical high school clichés that usually abound when high school is the setting in a film. I didn’t agree with the constant use of sporadic movement or the way in which she handles the “shimmering” effect but again small details. I do give praise in not allowing the villains of the story to be clichéd. I hate clichéd villains. I was told that the story didn’t follow the book completely but for me that wasn’t a problem. Despite the formulaic story and the sometimes slow dream-like sequences the film had a pretty solid delivery that I enjoyed and I’m sure others will too.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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