“Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn’t expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she’s ever met. He’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met, period. He’s intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance – unorthodox because Edward really isn’t like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. That’s right – vampire. But he doesn’t have fangs – that’s just in the movies. And he doesn’t drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But when unexpected visitors come to town and realize that there is a human among them Edward must fight to save Bella? A modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair – between vampire and mortal.”
I wasn’t sure about going to see this movie at first due to the fact that I hadn’t seen any reviews, trailers or commercials hyping this up. Well, apparently this is a fairly well known book series, I have never heard of. Amazingly the theatre was packed for the premiere. It had it’s ups and downs, but we’ll get to those in a second. I was pleasantly surprised with the movie, it obviously was a bit different than most vampire movies…chick flick masquerading as a vampire movie.
The plot was pretty well done, after all it was based on a book. From some of the trivia questions that were being asked before the film it seems as though most of the movie was true to the book, little details here and there were incorporated. You don’t see that with most movies now-a-days (i.e. Harry Potter), where they have to cut out a lot of details from the book in order to get it to fit into a movie.
Most of the visual effects were pretty hokey. I mean besides the obvious ones where he was running up the side of a tree. I’m more so referring to the vampires themselves. Seems like they made too much of an effort to make sure the audience KNEW they were vampires. I mean seriously overly pale skin, they just didn’t look right. There was not a lot of action in the movie, just parts here and there, like I had mentioned earlier this was more of the romantic type vampire movie.
The acting was well put together, the leads definitely had a good chemistry with each other which made it a bit easier for the audience to associate with Edward and Bella.
Overall I enjoyed this movie. I left rather satisfied, although don’t know if I would have paid full price for the ticket…MAYBE a matinee, but definitely a rental. I’ll give this one 2 3/4 martini glasses on this one…well done, the film sort of came out of no where.
Until next time mofo’s…see ya at the movies!!