Thursday, April 30, 2009

Twilight (2008) PG13 - 3½ Stars

Twilight is excellent in bringing that element of mystery and romance back to the blood sucking vampires. Stewart and Pattinson fit each other so well, her on the naive side but so attracted to that one boy that stands out from the others in a mysterious inquisitive way. He's so mysterious in fact, it's driving Stewart mad to learn more about him. Their whole relationship was very believable. Even her name, fits into the movie so well. The only reason I didn't rate the movie higher is I just couldn't get into her meeting the family of vampires. Or the fact that, of all the blood around James could be enjoying, he won't stop till he has Bella's because of her scent.

Isabella "Bella" Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves from Phoenix to Forks, WA, when her mother remarries and sends her to live with her father, Charlie (Billy Burke). Against her wishes, she reluctantly moves, trying to make the best of it and strengthen the relationship with her dad. But Forks, WA. is a fry cry from her old Phoenix high where she never fit in with it's high sorority girls. In fact, Bella is more of a loner and happy with the way her new school life is going. When she is paired off with Edward Cullen, (Robert Pattinson), in biology class, he begins to evoke strange emotions inside of her. He'll do something positive for her and then disappear from her sight. This attraction quickly turns to flirtation where Bella must fight her urges to want to see him. Even when she figures his out his secret of being a vampire, she still can't stay away from him and tells him she knows.

The two become entangled in an offbeat relationship of passion, Edward has been waiting for 90 years for. He has found his soul mate and to keep her safe, he introduces her to his Vampire family consisting of Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli), Esme Cullen (Elizabeth Reaser), Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene), Jasper Cullen/ Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone), Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed) and Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz). The family eagerly excepts Bella into their group and while playing a game of softball, they are joined by another group of nomad vampires, James (Cam Gigandet), Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), and Laurent (Edi Gathegi). James immediately becomes aroused by the unique scent of Bella and wants her for his own. Now, the family must join together and pull out every stop to keep Bella from harm and return her back to the safety of Edward before James has his way with her and it's to late.

Summit Entertainment, LLC, Paramount Pictures
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Karen Rosenfelt
I viewed 4/09

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