I don’t even know where to begin.
First off, I guess I’ll say that I didn’t leave it a secret that I wasn’t the largest fan of Robert Pattinson being cast as Edward Cullen. That being said, at the end of the film, I feel that he was perfect for the role.
He is also one of the only things I liked about the movie.
I had fought hard to get this movie as an assignment, but here I sit at 2:50 in the morning, thanking the stars that my editor did not concede. When I see movies for work, I am a trillion times more critical than when I see a movie as an observer.
I think this movie is the exception.
To say I hated the majority of it, would be putting it mildly.
I was fortunate enough to see this movie with people who read the book. (I was also fortunate enough to wait in the craziest of all lines with 2300+ other people, but that’s a story for another day.) I point this out, about other readers of the book, merely to say that I am far from the only person who was completely annoyed and disappointed.
I also saw the movie with someone who’d never read the book, and suffice it to say she had no idea what was going on, most of the time. The best analogy I can concur is that of a family vacation… Imagine you go on the most amazing vacation of your life. Truly incredible. As you sit, pouring over your vacation scrapbook, all of these amazing memories are evoked. Nostalgia sets in and you “revisit” that place in your memory. Your friend, however, who sits looking at your photos too- they are merely looking at photos. There is no memory reunion for them. There are no emotional happy times to recall, and nothing to fill in the in between times- between photos. that is sort of what this movie is like: A scrapbook of a story. We’ve read the book, so we understand why certain things happen.
Then there’s the deal about the certain things.
Certain things like the accident with Tyler’s van. (and don’t get me started with Tyler and the casting of every ethnicity imaginable. I’m not at all racial, but honestly are we to believe that the Forks high school is some secret meeting place for all of the UN teens? no.) Anyway, I digress… Back to the Tyler van incident. In the book, the accident happens due to icy roads, in the morning. (a morning that, anyone whose read the book would remember, found Bella walking out of her house to find that Charlie had put chains on her tires. )Instead, in the movie, the accident happens AFTER school, and Charlie never put chains on her tires- instead he bought her new tires. Seemingly insignificant little changes- they annoyed the crap out of me because EVERYTHING WAS LIKE THAT! EVERYTHING… They seriously left no moment completely unaltered.
And, because I’m cranky and disappointed- allow me to take a moment to address Stephanie Meyer personally: You should be ashamed of the size your head has grown to be. Not only did you cease production of a book that would have been so incredibly received by your VERY ENORMOUS fan base- but you then proceeded to help turn your movie into a butchered “idea” that is a little like your book, but without any character development or replication at all. As if these things aren’t enough, woman, you then go and give yourself a cameo in your movie. Really??? NO ONE CARES! NO ONE CARES!
Most Twilighters will probably like it. It gives a face and a voice to the things we imagined. I will be the first to admit that things will have to be tweaked and altered to fit into the condensed format, but when absolutely every detail (from adding cell phones and changing curtain colors, to rearranging her class schedule and every other scene imaginable) has to change completely, for no reason of any significance- I just feel you pretty much tarnish what was once a cherished story.
That’s all. There is so much more I could say, but I’m tired and just so, so sad. I expected it to be dissapointing, but this far exceeded my fears.
I’m going to bed…