I have seen the film Twilight (based on Stephenie Meyer’s book of the same name) an unconscionable number of times – at least 18. Now, unless you have been living in a cave somewhere for the past few years you will at least vaguely know the story of teenage vampire romance that is the Twilight Series: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Girl (Bella) meets boy(Edward), boy is a vampire and they fall in love, chastely. Very. Chastely.
Twilight was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, not entirely new to the game but young. She showed a great passion for the story that was very obvious in the directing. The “Kiss Scene” is not at all graphic, but just the same, I can see it a thousand times and my stomach flips over as if I were a 14 year-old girl with my first-ish boyfriend.
The film was a bit choppy; and the book wasn’t strictly followed, but it was in order and unlike the HBO adaptation of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, Twilight at least follows the story line. The film also carried some humor, with good timing by Rob Pattinson (the heartthrob hero, Edward Cullen) and Billy Black who plays Bella’s dad, Charlie.
In both Twilight, and its follow up, New Moon, Stewart and Pattinson are believable as tortured teens; They always look upset, put out or as if they smell something unsavoury. But they are tortured, by their relationship and his immortality and strength, his lost soul. She is lost in the murky swamp of being awash in a sea of people you don’t know, and maybe the Cousin-it hair do and brows the stylist saw fit to dole out. They often seem unsure of the character and there may lie the reason Catherine was replaced by the next director.
Much fuss was made when Chris Weisz was hired for more and got a bigger budget but, they hired another director, for Eclipse — the next book in the series. In the Eclipse “behind the scenes” feature on my DVD much is made of the revolving door to which the producers seem to have directed the directors being due to the differences between each volume. While Ms. Hardwicke’s film showed a passion for Ms. Meyer’s story, Chris’s film was technically better, it lacked his emotional involvement in the story. The script was better, the story line was cogent and direct. It also seems to have followed the book more and Mr. Weisz seems to have gotten more real surety of emotion from his actors. Plus the size of both leads eyebrows were considerably diminished.
All this speculation on Twilight and New Moon leaves me eager to see Eclipse which will be released June 30th and I will be there! How about you?!