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Twilight MAG

November 30, 2008
By Leah Stapleton, Peoria, AZ

“Twilight”– based on the first book in the best-selling series by Stephenie Meyer – is a faithful adaptation that will satiate the thirst of fans and simultaneously captivate new audiences.

The movie follows the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a normal girl thrust into a secret supernatural world when she falls in love with her mysterious classmate, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). He just happens to be a vampire.

Ditch your preconceived ­notions of vampires; this isn't a typical vampire tale. If you are looking for clichéd stereotypes with fangs, coffins, and stakes through the heart, this isn't the movie for you. Director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg stay true to Meyer's vision and create a film that ­exposes “Twilight” for what it essentially is: a story of the ­ultimate forbidden love.

Hardwicke once again proves her knack for portraying raw teenage experiences, as she did in “Thirteen” and “Lords of Dogtown.” She directs a young cast of phenomenal talent. Leads Stewart and Pattinson throw themselves into their roles and portray their characters exceptionally well. The chemistry between the two is electric.

Stewart gives a fresh, honest take on Bella. Her straightforward interpretation allows viewers to live vicariously through Bella and experience what she does. You feel her longing and desire.

Pattinson conveys Edward's inner turmoil flawlessly. His complex perception of the ­character creates a believable Edward. He conveys his feelings of vitality and emotional reawakening through his ­expressions.

The movie also has an outstanding supporting cast. Billy Burke as Bella's father, Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, and Michael Welch as Mike Newton all deserve a nod for excellent portrayal of their characters.

The film itself is visually ­dynamic. The movie is shot in crisp blue tones. The costumes are pallid, veering away from traditional vampire attire. Bella's wardrobe ­becomes closer to the Cullens' as she grows closer to them. The nomad vampires appear savage in clothes taken from their victims.

Filmed in Portland, Oregon, the movie features stunning views and beautiful landscapes. Because of the small budget, action sequences were done physically. Though some may find the special effects lacking, the simplicity enhances Hardwicke's unique documentary-style filming. Using extreme close-ups and whimsical angles, the camera work gives the movie an intimate, realistic feel.

The music ties in to the story perfectly. Consisting of moody, angst-filled rock songs, the soundtrack fits the tone. From Muse's upbeat “Supermassive Black Hole” playing during a game of vampire baseball, to Iron and Wine's romantic “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” at prom, the songs set the mood for the scenes.

A longer film would have ­allowed more time to explain the essentials of the plot, making it easier for those who have not read the book. Although it mirrors the book very closely, many scenes had to be cut. The danger of the nomadic vampires is threaded throughout the movie to create more tension. The essence of the story is present, making changes in details insignificant; the movie's creators successfully captured the elements that made readers fall in love with Bella and Edward.

The book and the movie are equally ­satisfying, albeit in different ways, and neither is better. While you can imagine the detailed story unfolding in your head when reading the book, the movie creates a sweet condensed version for the big screen. Both allow you to lose yourself in this passionate, unorthodox romance.

All components work to­gether nicely in “Twilight” to efficiently bring the book to life. The film is a beautiful mixture of romance, action, comedy, and horror, containing aspects that will appeal to everyone.

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on Jul. 3 2018 at 3:55 pm
wuadbwabdu BRONZE, Wenatchee, Washington
3 articles 1 photo 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
If your reading this your too late - Drake

Like many of the people who commented, I respect your opinion. However, I disagree. It was an extremely suspenseful story and one of my favorites.

dpurdy said...
on Mar. 23 2016 at 1:11 pm
dpurdy, Craryville Ny, New York
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Favorite Quote:
always love yourself no matter what.

this was a good book

jose said...
on Dec. 14 2015 at 2:40 pm
Do you mind if I use this as one of my homework assignments for school please

Waseem said...
on Dec. 14 2015 at 2:35 pm
Money and happiness go side by side. Ask those who don't have money. U cannot have happiness if you don't have money. Money is need of life. If u are not happy there could be other reasons but not money is to be blamed. Happiness depend upon money and other factors too and out of those money is an essential part of happiness. But sure the greatest gift is health. I rate Health on top of every thing and then comes money.

RichHam64920 said...
on Sep. 8 2015 at 12:04 am
This is awful. The vocabulary seems forced and out of context.

on Mar. 5 2015 at 9:28 pm
AngelicPhoenix GOLD, Tea, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
My favorite quote is I am protective and defensive of my wolf pack

I hate the way they made Edward look really Robert Pattinson (yuck)

me said...
on Feb. 2 2015 at 9:51 pm
How dare you !!! This post is amazing yes but the books are da bomb and so is this post on teen ... whatever

twilight said...
on Feb. 2 2015 at 9:49 pm
I disagree i love these movies and ive read twilight 1-2-3-4-and-5 and seen all of em and personally this description is the best ever and ive never read somthing bout this so well writtin its amazing btw and mi OTP (one true pairing) is Edlla forever and fav movie is eclipse i lov ed it and love this soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much amazed by words

on Jan. 8 2015 at 5:52 pm
Thefanatasticagirlie101 SILVER, Euless, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our mind. That's what I hope to give you forever." ~The Notebook

It is a very well written review, but I'm not into the Twilight Saga. I have read the books, and they just aren't that good in my opinion. Great review, and I have a suggestion for you. Read or watch The Vampire Diaries, and that will change the way teens view vampires forever. It is still very convincing, and if I hadn't already read the books, I would've bought the whole saga. You will make a great critic some day. Keep up the great work.

on Oct. 9 2014 at 5:23 am
I don't like this movie

on Jun. 24 2014 at 3:08 pm
Angie_24 BRONZE, Venetia, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined."
- John Green

Although I'm not a big fan of Twilight either, the cool thing about Stephanie Meyers is that she completley revolutionized how we think of vampires.  I mean, vampires are an idea that belong to the public.  As the public changes the way they view vampires, so does the actual myth of vampires.  Don't get me wrong - the traditional Dracula style vampire will always remain relevant, but it might be moving to the background.

on Jun. 24 2014 at 3:04 pm
Angie_24 BRONZE, Venetia, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It is easy to forget how full the world is of people, full to bursting, and each of them imaginable and consistently misimagined."
- John Green

Wow.  I usually consider myself among the crowd of hipsters completely against Twilight, but you made me see the movie in a whole new way.  You made some really cool observations!

Alabian GOLD said...
on Sep. 5 2013 at 6:46 pm
Alabian GOLD, Limbo, Other
13 articles 2 photos 126 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you can fly, don't stop at the sky cause there are footprints on the moon" - Owl City

I am not a Twilight fan, but you made me want to see the movies with this. Very, very well written! You know how to convince people. 5/5!

on Aug. 1 2013 at 7:44 am
laurenevansok SILVER, Bromborough, Other
6 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
'One person's "annoying" is another person's "inspiring and heroic"' - Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)

This is the first review I've read on this website, and I've fallen in love with it. After reading this review I HAD to sign up to be apart of Teen Ink. This piece of writing is phenominal and I found myself smiling throughout. Well done!

on Feb. 20 2013 at 11:57 am
i adore twilight i read;twilight,new moon, and now i have only 70 pages to go to breaking dawn. and based on this reveiw it is very suspensful and makes anyone want to read more about this twilight saga just like me.

on Jan. 21 2013 at 7:07 pm
Dolly9471 BRONZE, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
3 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
In the end will will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.

A very well-written review. You should be a critic! (-:

on Dec. 28 2012 at 7:27 pm
TheNerdGirl PLATINUM, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
26 articles 28 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon because even if you miss you'll still end up among the star's

You obivously not a vampire fan because theses arent real vampires. they are sparkly super humans that live forever. I mean these people dont even drink humans blood

Debi8 said...
on Dec. 23 2012 at 8:13 pm
Debi8, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
May the bridges I burn light the way

I liked your review, but all the Twilight movies suck. I tried reading the first book and i could not get through the first couple pages. I hate Twilight to death and i am so glad that it is finally over! But your review was well writen, so good job.

on Dec. 20 2012 at 10:31 am
America Bejarano BRONZE, Thornton, Colorado
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Amazing review I loved it ,it ,ade me want to see it (:

Absterie said...
on Nov. 11 2012 at 5:15 am
Okay this was a compelling review, but I would just like to correct something... This is NOT all teenagers' points of view as the links say, like I hate Twilight to death and I have a right to; I have seen all the movies. This was a great review but SSSOOO FAKE. The end, thanks for your time.

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