Twilight at Twilight

twilightI saw Twilight.

I would like to say “Brava!” to the casting executive for, of course, Edward, but also James, Laurent and Jacob. I hadn’t been expecting that and, well, thanks. :)

 

As for the movie, I know it’s set in a dreary town in Washington state, but did it have to be so dark? I felt like I was sitting in the rain on a cold afternoon and it made me kinda sleepy. It didn’t help that the movie theater was too cold – which, if you know me, is saying something. I was huddled under my coat with my Movie-Mate, too cold to drink our soda.

So, did it live up to the book? Pretty close. I liked the scenes they added to show us the other vampires at “work” which Stephenie Meyer couldn’t do in the book since it was first person and Bella would have no way of “seeing” those scenes. The scene with Edward in the sunlight was cool – how I imagined it when I read that, but it was nice to see it. Reminds me of the first wand shop scene in the original Harry Potter movie – I remember being blown away by Olivander’s because they’d recreated it so perfectly, it was as if they’d taken what was in my head and put it on the screen. I’m sure JK Rowling had to have been thrilled with such a wonderful rendition of her book.

We went to the 3:45 show on opening day and since the theater I’d originally bought tickets for had lost power and we had to go to one of the most populated areas around AND stand in line for tickets (totally negating the reason I’d bought them in advance in the first place!), I was surprised that we only had to wait behind 2 other people AND that we could get tickets since we got there at about 3:40. HOWEVER, when we walked out of the theater (and I like to read the credits so we were the last ones out of the theater which was crawling with theater workers (in a way I’d never seen – so many!) cleaning up to get ready for the next batch…wow. Hundreds of girls lined up and the main ticket taker guy whistling to get everyone’s attention to give them orders about how they had to orderly enter the theater…

Someday…If only I could someday write a book to garner this much attention…

Major kudos to Stephenie Meyer. Enjoy the success, lady!

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3 Responses

  1. Judi, I went to the midnight showing with my two daughters and a group of their friends and I was surprised to see the diversity of people there. I was afraid I was going to be the only person in my age group there, but I was happy to see that I wasn’t. I saw quite a few parents with their children – including a father with two boys – and even a couple of women my age who were together, but without children (then again, maybe the kids made them sit away from them). I think this is a great statement to the universal appeal of this story. I must say, I was blown away by it and can’t wait to see it again. I think Catherine Hardwick is a genius in the way she surrounded herself with the people who were able to capture the essence of this movie on film the way they did. Mucho kudos to her, the phenomenal cast, and the incomparable Stephenie Meyer – I want to be her when I grow up!

  2. Hi Margay!

    Nah, you don’t want to be Stephenie Meyer – you want them making a movie about YOUR book! :)

  3. I was not familiar with this one before it came out, but the buzz around it has me intrigued. Your critique has my interest even more peaked Judi.

    On the list now :)

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