by DeAnn Welker November 17, 2008 4:16 pm

Oh, dear God. Twilight. What is there to say about this movie that hasn't been said, obsessed over, analyzed, disputed, said in a new way, retracted, and obsessed over some more? That's only sort of a joke. The buzz this movie's been building is unlike anything I can remember. It's sort of like Harry Potter, but because it appeals to a slightly older crowd (tweens right on up to middle-aged women), it's literally been everywhere. The actors in this movie have likely already had to learn that they can't really lead normal lives anymore. And it's barely begun. The trailer looks a little bit cheesy, if we're being honest. Which is appropriate, I guess, since the books are a little cheesy, too. That's not to say I'm not looking forward to seeing it, because I am. Having read Twilight,, I'm not all that interested in reading any more of the books. But as a movie? I'm totally in.

I love vampire stuff. But I don't want to continue to subject myself to books that are aimed at tweens and written simplistically. The story is what was compelling, not the actual writing, so give me a movie over the book any day. I just hope the fim loses a little bit of the moralizing the books gave us, courtesy of Stephenie Meyer. (I'm thinking since it's helmed by Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke, it'll have a little more of an edge.) I'm also banking on the tension and drama getting amped up a little bit, instead of the whole, "Bella goes to school. It rains. She falls in love. He's mysterious. He's more mysterious. It rains. He's a vampire. She doesn't care. It rains. WHEN WILL ANYTHING HAPPEN?!" It's going to have to jump into the action, and quickly, to keep us involved. Plus, it can't be a six-hour movie, so I'm guessing the early stuff is what they'll leave behind. That could lead to an excellent vampire film.

Reviews by People Who've Actually Seen It:
The New York times
An older, wiser DeAnn




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