IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE...STOP READING NOW!
Okay so I have made it quite clear that I wasn't nuts about the cast for this movie. Nevertheless, I went with some girlfriends last night.
Overall...I liked it. The movie did a good job in following the book. I was disappointed with the casting and acting. Low budget films are never the best but hopefully with the money made from this one the next 3 will be better. With this said...it's probably kind of hard to play 'fantasy roles'.
Cast...Bella was good, I thought. I really liked the simplicity of her character. Edward was still yuk! Alice was okay. Jasper...looked like a deer in headlights and Kendra said, 'He looks like Edward Scissor Hands.' Oh I LOL! The vampire family as a whole was disappointing. Too pale, too ordinary. Nothing striking like some actors and actresses. I did like Charlie. He was casted very well. Jacob...have you ever seen 'Shark Boy and Lava Girl'? Hello Shark Boy! When I first saw him all I could picture was a character with spiky hair and a mouth full of razor sharp teeth. I had to laugh. I will be interested to see how they morf him into a werewolf. Oh and who's the oldest werewolf...I can't remember his name right now but in the book, if I remember correctly...he was buff. Sam. In the movie he was the exact opposite. I pictured him much differently and was a little disappointed with him. He didn't strike me as a leader.
Moving on...acting and special effects. Oh my.
Likes:The first kiss was done really well. In fact all their intimate moments were done rather nicely. They made me feel like they were really in love and couldn't be without the other. The attraction on screen was done very well. I call it the Lust Factor.
The running scenes...baseball scene. I really liked these. I liked seeing that the women had just as much power and the men. Crackling fly balls, thunderous collisions...very well done.
Bella's narration. This was a good touch. A majority of the book was in her head. So I thought this was good.
High School scenes were done well.
Bella's house was better than I had pictured in my head. I was pleasantly surprised. And I loved all the green. Green grass, green trees, green fern plants, green moss.
I thought it was cool that the Edward's character actually wrote the piano piece he played in the movie. That was a nice touch.
Because the movie stayed rather close to the book...I will see the rest of the movies.
It was funny. I have to say I laughed at the cheesy, corny, and even the actual funny parts.
Dislikes:You know the scene where Edward is sucking the venom out of Bella's arm? When he kept sucking...he had a look on his face that made us laugh. It was almost...too much. He looked wildly possesed.
Remember the meadow scene? What meadow scene? Oh yeah the one in the book where Edward shows Bella what happens to his skin when the light hits it! Oh I loved that 'scene' in the book! Jeannette heard bells chiming when Edward's skin started sparkling. I missed this because I was once again laughing at the way it was done. Corney is a word that comes to mind.
I would have like to see the van accident in slow motion. Edward's speed...I picture Clark Kent's speed...rushing over...in slow moe....stopping the van with his palm and making ripples in it's steel exterior. It was too fast.
I missed the character development that you get from the books.
Carlisle grew on us. But he looked like a clown at first appearance, according to Kendra. There were some scenes that he looks natural...as natural as a vampire could look.
Edward's dialogue was almost forced. I didn't get any indication of his being hundreds of years old. There was nothing odd about the way he talked...nothing 18th century...he actually sounded like he didn't know English and was trying to find the correct words. Kendra said he sounded mentally challenged.
I would have like to see Bella a little more clumsy.
Critic...I liked it. I didn't love it. But is as satisfying. I'll buy it when it comes out on DVD.