It’s throwback Thursday so I’m taking us back in time with my review. Today we’re going on a trip down memory lane with Twilight. Can you believe it’s been 5 years since the first movie came out?! I know, how time flies. Of the five films I have to say it’s actually closest to the books. And that’s not really a shock. It was the first film in the series, there was such a massive outcry about Robert Pattinson being cast as Edward Cullen, so the least they could do was make the film an accurate portrayal to the beloved book.
The film follows the story to a tee really. Bella moves off to Forks to live with her dad Charlie. I don’t remember Charlie having a porno-stache in the books, but that was a welcome addition in the film. That stache is legendary. We meet Jacob straight away and we see the famed red truck in the first few scenes. Bella makes her way through her first day of school, with little incident other than attracting the attention of almost every guy in the school. She gets to her biology class and that’s when we finally meet the famed Edward Cullen. I won’t summarize anymore, but lets just say that one faithful meeting in her biology class led to 3 more books of teenage angst, heartbreak, triumph, a beautiful wedding, the worst pregnancy in the history of the world, and the most anticlimactic ending of a series… ever.
In terms of the film, it was well made, but it was very much an indie film and it shows in the quality. I think Catherine Hardwick was very brave to try to make a film that so obviously needed a bigger CGI budget, but it worked. While some of the special effects (vampire running and lord Edward’s sparkles) left a lot to be desired, the heart and soul of the film was captured. The tortured romance between Edward and Bella was very well acted by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson- but lets be real, at that point it wasn’t really acting was it *wink-wink hint-hint*
Comparatively speaking the film and the book were really quite similar. There was little in the film that wasn’t directly from the book. And unlike its sequels entire scenes weren’t added to make the film actually make sense. On the part of Stephanie Meyer pretty much all of her books barring Breaking Dawn were written in such a way that they could be beautifully made films. Her input on the scripts and films is ever-present. Obviously, since she has a cameo in almost all the films. Between Ms. Meyers and Catherine Hardwick’s love of the book, they kept the film true to the story and needed no real flashy bells or whistles to keep people interested. Kudos to them for that.
Twilight marked the beginning of a film series that would only grow into mega machine, and shows with a little effort that any film can catapult to one of the highest grossing film franchises in the world. Love it or hate it, you can’t say Twilight wasn’t a success and the start of a brand new fangbanging trend in Hollywood.