2/25/2009

‘Twilight’ casts a shadow on the competition


Vampires really do exist! Well, they do in the world created by author Stephenie Meyer, which was brought to life in the film version of her bestseller, Twilight.

The story takes place in the town of Forks, Wash., also known as the rainiest place in the United States. Isabella Swan, or Bella, moves in with her father after years of living with her mother in Phoenix.

Though she becomes popular rather quickly in this small town, the mysterious Cullen family begins to intrigue her. This interest leads her into the center of a hidden world, closer to the realm of myths and legends.

The movie revolves around the love story of the frail human, Bella, (Kristen Stewart, In the Land of Women and Into the Wild) and the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

While Bella realizes that Edward is super-strong and super-fast, she is unaware that he is supernatural. Edward also has the ability to read a person’s mind, with Bella being the only exception.

When Edward saves Bella just as a car is about to hit her, she questions what exactly he is and just how he was able to cross the parking lot and rescue her in an instant.

As she finds out more information about Edward, Bella is not repulsed but rather gets more interested in unraveling the mystery.

She eventually discovers, with the help of an old friend named Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl), that Edward is a vampire.

Bella reveals to Edward that she knows his secret but does not care because she is already starting to fall for him.

As the movie progresses and the two fall in love, Bella meets the rest of the Cullen coven. While the majority of the family seems to be fond of Bella, two of the siblings are less than pleased by her presence.

Though all may seem to be perfect for Bella and Edward, another coven of vampires has been terrorizing the neighboring cities, and when they stumble across the Cullens, a chase begins that will change the course of Bella’s life forever.

While the plot is interesting, the movie has its pitfalls. The casting may not live up to the expectations of those who are devoted to the series. The acting is not exactly Oscar-worthy, especially in the beginning when it is obvious that Pattinson is trying too hard to mask his British accent instead of focusing on the acting.

However, the special effects are extremely well done, especially when Edward sparkles in the sunlight or runs up the sides of trees. The epic baseball game and fight scenes are also impressive.

To die-hard fans of the book, the movie may be slightly disappointing. Like any film adaptation of a book, characters are portrayed slightly different and some plot elements are left out. If one goes to see the movie with the idea that it is just a movie and it wasn’t intended to live up to the expectations of the series, it becomes a lot better.

This movie offers a new twist on the classic boy-meets-girl story with a unique obstacle.

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