Monday, 24 November 2008


Dir: Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Cam Gigandet, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Rachelle Lefevre, Gil Birmingham
USA, 2008

Seen: Opening Night! Friday November 21, 2008 at Scotiabank

Reason to see: Teen vampire drama romance - of course I'm going to see it. Plus, I loved the book.

The theatre was certainly bustling on opening night of Twilight, the film adaptation of the novel by Stephenie Meyer that has taken people by storm. Were their screaming fans at the screening? Sure there were. Giddy laughter? You bet. But it wasn't all for Robert Pattinson who plays the male lead, Edward. There was a fair share of screaming for Peter Facinelli in his entrance as Carlisle. On the flip side the woman beside me that kept saying things like "oh, please!" and "settle yourselves!" during the audience eruptions.

The film itself is a faithful adaptation that is a sure to please its audience. I found the strength in the film to be the performance from Kristen Stewart as the protagonist Bella. A character that is amidst a time of great change yet shows a grace and strenght we do not often see in film. She is true to herself, kind to her friends and of course falls for the bad boy. Don't we all want to be her? Robert Pattinson does a solid job playing Edward, but falls to my only criticism of the film which would be the choice of some the special effects. I found they had the tendency to break the illusion of the world and when this occurred it affected his character, which is a shame. Also, the PG rating explains why the romance itself feels a little quieter than the book although I feel the relationship does come through strongly.

Another joy of the film is the supporting cast, who do a great job creating natural relationships. I particularly enjoyed Anna Kendrick as Jessica, Billy Burke as Bella's father Charlie, Taylor Lautner as Jacob (although looked a little older than should have) and Gil Birmingham as Billy. The casting for James (Cam Gigandet) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) were brilliant choices, they had strong screen presence every time they appeared. Even though the supporting cast didn't get a lot of screen time, what they did with it was memorable with an understated beauty.

Overall, it was just what I was hoped the film would be. It is a film made for its fans, and if you are one of them you will be delighted with the result.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'd buy it
I'd recommend to fans of the book and fans of vampire drama/romance.

14 minutes of preshow including 2 commercial and 5 previews: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Dance Flick, Inkheart, Fired Up and Know1ng

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Suzie Ridler said...

Oh Shannon I've been waiting to read this review! I knew it would be the only review out there that wouldn't have spoilers and I was right.

I'm so glad that Bella is a good choice. I've been very curious about Edward, those are big shoes to fill.

I envy that you got to be a part of the opening frenzy of screaming girls, what fun. I can't wait to see it now!

Trista DeVries said...

Really Shannon? Ugh. Okay. I can honestly say that if you like it, I'll probably see it..... but it'll make me sad!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Suzie - I really think you'd love it. Edward does have big shoes to fill, I think he was a good choice. Bella is perfect choice though.

Trista - did you read the book? If not, I'm not sure it would be as enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

I've been eagerly awaiting your review and agree with all of it.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to talk about this with Colleen and Dale. It's going to make for an interesting podcast!

Jamie said...

What a treat to see this on opening night!

I so agree with your review. I totally didn't realize that the rating probably had an impact on the level of passion they could portray. That's why you're the Movie Moxie!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I'm so glad you two agree with the review!

Marina I'm really looking forward to the vamp heavy podcast! I'm sure you, Dale and Coleen will have a lot of fun with the discussion!

dean said...

Yeah, I really loved it too!

My expectations were low, maybe why I was more impressed.

And it was pretty intense.

Love your review. :)

dean said...

I'm the same person on twitter : @superufilms.

Hehe. Cheers.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Hey Dean! I'm glad you liked the film (and my review! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome Shannon!
I knew I'd get the scoop here and now I really want to see it. My daughter read the book, but didn't seem all that interested. Me? a totally different personality.

I was wondering if you've seen Chapter 27, if it's even on your list?
I just bought it on dvd and would LOVE to hear your thoughts on it.


Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Hey Bohemian Single Mom!

I hope you enjoy Twilight if you get to see it! I really liked it.

I've never even heard of Chapter 27, doesn't look like it came out here. I'll have to check it out!

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