Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Robert 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 Stephenie Meyer, Twilight adds a dangerous twist to the classic story of star-crossed lovers.
Chances are you’re not a stranger to the hugely popular book series by Stephenie Myers, but you might not have gotten a chance to check out the film based on the book Twilight. Twilight tells the story of Bella Swan who falls in love with Edward Cullen. The catch to this love story is that Edward is a vampire who is by all means “vegetarian” and only feeds from animals. Edward isn’t the only one having to fight the desire for Bella’s blood. There’s a nasty group of vamps in from out of town that set their sights on Bella as well. It’s up to Edward to protect Bella and continue to keep the Cullen family secret safe.
Fans of the book series both loved and hated the film, as is usually the case with a film adaptation of a beloved book. Personally, I think director Catherine Hardwicke did an amazing job with the film. While certain key scenes were omitted from the film, others are added – such as a class field trip where Edward and Bella get a little chat time. But for the most part, the film feels very true to the book. It’s not overdone and actually comes across as being an indie film, perhaps because Hardwicke’s previous work which has included movies such as Thirteen. Whatever the reason may be, it works and benefits the legitimacy of the film.
The cast is perfect for the film, and after seeing Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, I can’t believe that there was ever anyone upset by the fact that the role didn’t go to the original actor – Henry Cavill. The onscreen chemistry between Robert and Kristen Stewart (Bella) is absolutely incredible. Supernatural elements aside, the two do a wonderful job at portraying the awkwardness and passion of first loves.
What fans are probably most excited about with this release though is the special features. I know it was the first thing I looked at! There are extended scenes, audio commentary (Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson), music videos, deleted scenes, a look at Comic-Con, and a documentary on how the book was brought to the screen. Twilight did the special features right.
If you haven’t checked out Twilight yet, now is the perfect time. And if you know and love it, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this is a must-own.
Review by Emma Loggins