"Twilight" Movies Review
"Twilight" Movie Review
"About three things I was absolutely positive: First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn't know how dominant that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him." -Quote from "Twilight"
"Twilight" is about a girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart, "Into the Wild") who moves to Forks, Washington. She comes across the Cullen family at her new high school. All of them are strangely beautiful. The most beautiful one is Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, "Water for Elephants"). Bella and Edward begin talking to each other during their science class and eventually begin to develop feelings for each other. Bella slowly realizes that her new crush is not entirely human. He's a vampire and he wants to drink her blood yet also has feelings for her.
First of all yeah I know the haters are preparing to sing a million complaints about this movie. They may even continue to complain while I list off why this isn't that bad of a movie. That's right! I think this is an okay movie! Yeah, yeah save the booing for the next football player that gets in trouble for harassing someone.
The reason I think this in an okay movie is it's pretty organic. It's not full of CGI special effects. The actors were fairly unknown and seem fresh in this movie because of it. The artsy side of this movie is evident and is interesting to see and makes this movie come off more as an art house type movie. The love story between Bella and Edward is a little cheesy at times but I enjoy the supernatural side and a certain sense of old fashioned love story to the relationship. They love each other, yet I don't feel overwhelmed by them talking about it because the story line keeps moving along, the music is good enough to keep me interested, the supernatural side of it has enough mysticism to intrigue yet enough reality to keep it grounded, and the other characters are given enough screen time to be interesting and provide some laughs. It's also understandable why Bella likes Edward in this movie. She's curious about his world, she's fascinated by him, and he seems to be equally interested and curious about her. This is the best movie in the series. I also view the book "Twilight" being the best in the series by Stephanie Meyer. I wish Edward had just bitten Bella in this and saved us from three terrible sequels though.
This isn't the best movie ever though it certainly isn't the worst either. If you like teen romance movies like "Say Anything" or "Pretty In Pink" or teen paranormal movies like "The Lost Boys" or "Beautiful Creatures" this might be something you'd want to watch. I'd give this a three and three quarters stars out of five.
"Twilight" Movie Trailer
"New Moon" Movie Review
"Alice. You've disappeared. Like everything else. Now who else can I talk to? I'm lost. When you left, and he left, you took everything with you. But the absence of him is everywhere I look. It's like a huge hole has been punched through my chest. But In a way, I'm glad. The pain is the only reminder that he was real. That you all were." -Quote from "New Moon"
Bella and Edward's relationship is still going strong at the beginning of this movie. After an accident during Bella's birthday party at the Cullens' home that leaves Bella injured, Edward and the family decide to leave so Bella won't be hurt ever again. Bella falls into a deep dismal depression. She ends up befriending a local boy named Jacob (Taylor Lautner, "Abduction") who has a supernatural secret of his own.
This movie has more CGI and a bigger budget and more muscles, so why do I think it's not as good as the first movie? It's not as fresh, artsy, and organic. Besides that Bella is terribly depressing in this movie. For most of it she's completely lifeless because Edward leaves her and vanishes. This is plainly not what you do to someone you love deeply. While reading the book "New Moon" and seeing the movie the entire time I wished Bella would just move on and go out with either Jacob or Mike. Edward hurt her physically then leaves her high and dry which results in her having a mental breakdown and a deep clinical depression. It's just terrible watching this story. The music is good in this movie, yet it's no where near as artsy as the first one. I guess I liked how eccentric and artsy the first director was for "Twilight". I also appreciated that she was a woman director, while sadly someone hired male directors for the rest of the movies. Not that male directors are bad. It's just sad to see a story told from a female perspective in the hand's of men when it's interesting to see the female perspective in a movie shown by a female director. The CGI also took away from the movie more than gave to it. With the werewolf sequences obviously they needed to use CGI, yet I can't help wondering what the first director would have done with those scenes with a similar modest budget as what "Twilight" had. Perhaps used video clips of real wolves and made it look as if they were interacting with Bella or took clips of a wolf pack to simulate the wolf pack talking with each other? I'm sure she also would have made it really unique. The eye candy in this one is good I suppose, but Taylor Lautner is not a great actor. His character is still a better and sweeter guy than Edward though since he never hurts Bella, at least not physically in anyway whatsoever. The scenes in Europe also are enjoyable for some background on the vampires in the "Twilight" world. It sort of rips off Anne Rice though.
Similar movies to this are "Beastly" and "The Lake House". I'd rate this a two and a half out of five stars.
"New Moon" Trailer
"Eclipse" Movie Review
"Doesn't he own a shirt?"
-Quote from "Eclipse"
A serial killer is on the loose that the Cullens suspect is one of their enemies: a vampire named Victoria. They seek to protect Bella as much as possible from Victoria. At the same time Bella is forced to decide to choose between Edward and Jacob.
This is no contest the weakest movie in the series. Bella and Edward's romantic scenes and dialogue just annoy me in this movie. The most romantic moment in this movie doesn't involve Bella and Edward. It's just a little moment between Alice and Jasper when the vampires are preparing to battle and she sneaks up behind him and kisses him. Bella and Edward sadly just talk about how Bella wants to change into a vampire and about how much they love each other and fear losing each other. They have incredibly dull and unbelievable discussions for a young couple to have with each other. Edward also shows how he's an unhealthy person to have a relationship with by being overly possessive by attempting to block Bella's contact with her friend Jacob. This is actually a warning sign on those abusive relationship pamphlets. This movie does have some alright action scenes, but it's weighed down with way too much boring dialogue with Bella and Edward. The main villain in this -Victoria- is also incredibly dull. The actress was changed as well so it's a little irritating that her face is different. The short fight scene with her is really what made her terrible as a villain. She just came off as stupid.
Similar movies to this are: "The Host" and "Next". I rate this a two out of five stars.
"Eclipse" Movie Trailer
"Breaking Dawn Part One"
"Breaking Dawn Part Two"
"Breaking Dawn Parts One and Two" Movie Review
"It's an extraordinary thing to meet someone who you can bare your soul to, and who'll accept you for what you are. I've been waiting for what seems like a very long time to get beyond what I am. And with Bella, I feel like I can finally begin."
-Quote from "Breaking Dawn Part One"
"What makes you think they'll be satisfied with Alice? What's to stop them from going after Benjamin next? Or Zafrina, or Kate, or anyone else here. Anyone they want. Their goal isn't punishment. It's power, it's acquisition. Carlisle might not ask you to might, but I will. For the sake of my family, but also for yours. For the way you want to live."
-Quote from "Breaking Dawn Part Two"
Bella and Edward finally wed. They unexpectedly conceive a half human half vampire child. The wolf pack attempts to destroy the child as does the Volturi. The Cullens are forced to enlist the help of their fellow vampires and werewolves that are on their side to protect the child.
This movie split in two parts is okay. It's at times very, very painful to watch. In particular I loathe the birthing scene. I had a very difficult time giving birth to my child, I bled too much, my blood pressure dropped to the point where I nearly fainted and couldn't see clearly, and I was forced to have an emergency c-section because my pubic bone wouldn't allow my child to be born naturally based on the angle it was at. After the birth the doctor apologized for not immediately doing a c-section since I could have lost the ability to walk or died from blood loss. This movie reminds me of that, so any woman that went through a difficult child birth similar or much worse to what I went through you might want to avoid this flick. Even so the first part is more enjoyable because in the second part Jacob (spoilers alert! skip to next paragraph if you haven't seen the movie) imprints on Renesmee (Bella and Edward's child). That part just really disturbed me in the book and in the movie. It comes off as gross not sweet. The writers should have just skipped the imprinting thing and said Jacob just cared for Renesmee a lot then maybe had Alice have a vision that Jacob would imprint on her later on in her life when she was older. The whole imprinting thing is gross when they show them with little children. They should have changed this part from the books in the movies to that the wolves imprint on mature individuals only.
These two parts are so so. They are definitely not my favorites but are a tad bit better than "Eclipse". I appreciate that they tried to be more artsy like the first movie was in these parts and the music is good and more memorable than the last two movies. Some similar movies to this one are: "Ghost", "City of Angels", and "What Dreams May Come". I'd rate these two movie parts a three out of five stars.