Synopsis: Bella Swan (Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Pattinson) – a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire. As their worlds and hearts collide, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him as well as a coterie of undead that would make Bella their prey. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling sensation by Stephanie Meyer, Twilight adds a dangerous twist to the classic story of star-crossed lovers.

Twilight 7.5

‘Twilight’ is this generation’s ‘The Lost Boys’. Only better.

No joke, honest: I sincerely thought it wasn’t half-bad. Granted, there’s some cheesiness and along the way and some cliched teenage stuff – but, for a teen movie, you could do a heck of a lot worse.

The only reason I don’t rate it higher, to be frank, is that the action scenes/special effects weren’t even TV-worthy and the acting was generally weak.

There were some exceptions, however, and it made up for the rest of this mixed-bag of a cast:

In particular, I must say that Kristen Stewart was a delight to watch. She actually seemed to be processing everything that she was experiencing – her character actually seemed to be thinking, if not feeling. The only comparison I can think of is of Sarah Polley – in particular in ‘Exotica’.

Speaking of acting, Robert Pattinson fares better in this one than he did in ‘Little Ashes’ (that’s not hard to beat, though). Still, he’s mostly eye-candy; surely he didn’t get the role for anything else but his fine jaw-line. But I understand why teenaged girls would go as crazy for him as they do: he posed just right and the camera embraced him throughout.

One would be hard pressed to ignore the fact that ‘Twilight’ is about obsessive adoration in lieu of Love. Sometimes it even glamourizes darker themes such as stalking, suicide, …etc. a little bit. But it’s easy to understand the appeal nonetheless – it’s crafted exactly the way this type of shlock should be. And, for two hours, I too was a swooning teenage girl.

Um… not really tongue

…but I am glad I popped this in the DVD player after all (I had considered returning it to the OPL unwatched). It ain’t no ‘Titanic’, that’s fer sher, but I will be curious to see the sequels.

(sigh… now if only they had made sequels to ‘Titanic’!)

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