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This is my first draft, so I apologize for any mistakes. I wrote this for my Journalism class.

The movie poster for Twilight.

The movie poster for Twilight.

Twilight the Movie

Directed by the same person as The Nativity Story, and based on the novel of the same name, Twilight was released in theaters November 21st . This highly anticipated film grossed $35.7 million just on its opening day.

The movie begins with a forest overflowing with greenery. A deer in the background is hunted down by an unidentifiable predator. Then the true story begins when seventeen-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy and dismal Forks, Washington to live with her father. There she makes new friends and adapts to her new life. She soon becomes fascinated by the mysterious Cullen family, especially Edward Cullen. When it becomes apparent that Edward has superhuman abilities, which occur under bizarre circumstances, Bella is led by her desire to find the truth about Edward. The truth leads her to something unexpected and supernatural; the Cullens are, in fact, vampires. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson): Say it, say it out loud. Isabella Swan (Kristin Stewart): Vampire…

Soon Bella finds herself falling in love with Edward, despite knowing his bloodthirsty nature. Edward Cullen, “Aren’t you afraid?” Isabella Swan, “I’m only afraid of losing you.” Bella’s life changes drastically when a sadistic vampire, intent on her destruction, begins to stalk her.

After reading the whole Twilight Saga, I myself eagerly wanted to watch this romance film, especially after watching many trailers of the movie and learning the cast of the characters. Bella Swan is played by Kristin Stewart, and the epitome of perfection, Edward Cullen, is played by Robert Pattinson.

I had very high expectations for this movie, especially when many people that I knew watched this movie. They all declared it so brilliant, that they had to keep on watching it again. As for me personally, I almost could not finish the film.

The actors in the movie did not do a very good job of portraying the romance between the two main characters. While the development of the relationship went as it might have in the book, the action itself seemed a little stiff and unrealistic. The interaction between Stewart and Pattinson seemed staged and not as natural as it could have been, which really threw me off. Because the acting seemed unrealistic, it made the romance in the movie seem a bit ridiculous.

The screenplay for this movie differs slightly from the plot of the book, as expected. There are many instances where Bella met people differently then she does in the book. The characters of the book also have a larger role in the movie, giving people who have not yet read the book more of a chance to learn about the basis of the side characters.

Even though the romantic aspect of the story did not measure up to my expectations, I did enjoy the action sequences in the film. The special effects were slightly unsettling to me at first, but after a while, they became an integral part of the story.

But alas, the action parts of the film were not enough for me to recommend this movie to others. The only time one should watch this movie is only if a person has already read the book and is mentally prepared for unsatisfactory acting with theĀ  characters acting out of character. Another time one should watch this movie is if a person has nothing to do and is bored out of their mind. Even then, please do not waste your money by going to the theaters. But if you absolutely must watch this film then sneak into the theater… And be sure to bring a pillow.

My rating: 4/10

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