Twilight (2008) Movie Review

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Twilight (2008)

2008 | PG-13 | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
122 minutes / 2h 02min

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Twilight Plot Synopsis:

Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarries and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance - unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right - vampire. But he doesn't have fangs - that's just in the movies. And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But when unexpected visitors come to town and realize that there is a human among them Edward must fight to save Bella? A modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair - between vampire and mortal.

Twilight (2008) Review

Twilight (2008) is an American vampire romance fantasy movie that is the first film in The Twilight Saga film series and is based on Stephenie Meyer‘s novel of the same name. The movie had an estimated budget of $37 million and grossed over $392 million worldwide. Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen (2003), Red Riding Hood Red Riding Hood (2011), Lords of Dogtown Lords of Dogtown (2005)) did a marvelous job executing this movie although it strays from the book a little. The movie is made for a certain age group of females so it is understandable that a lot of people might find this movie to be mediocre. I love the romance aspect of the film although the acting could have been better. The actors did not do a good job with their roles that affected the film giving a more realistic feel. The special effects were fantastic as well as the cinematography. There were some goofs where mics can be seen in several scenes and other mishaps, but nothing to make the movie a bad watch.

Twilight revolves around Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart - Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)) who is seventeen years old and her new love in her new hometown. Bella’s mother, Renée (Sarah Clarke - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), 24 (2001), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)) and father are divorced. Renee married a minor league baseball player, and they travel a lot leaving Bella feeling as though she is intruding on their lives. Bella decides to live with her father Charlie (Billy Burke - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)) in a small town named Forks located on the Washington coast. Bella made a lot of friends at her new high school but is only interested in finding out more about her biology class partner Edward Cullen, who appears to be repulsed by her. Bella becomes suspicious Edward (Robert Pattinson - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Remember Me (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)) after he saved her from being hit by a van. The strange thing that Bella cannot wrap her head around is that Edward was standing very far from her, and he could not possibly reach her so fast and how did he not get hurt. Bella spent a lot of time researching and discovered that Edward is a vampire that we already knew upon seeing the trailer. Edward admits to Bella that he and his family only consume animal blood and do not hurt humans. Bella agrees to keep it a secret as her feelings for Edwards intensifies. Bella is soon introduced to the Cullens and danger soon follows as three nomadic vampires James, Victoria, and Laurent arrive in their hometown. James (Cam Gigandet - Easy A (2010), Pandorum (2009), Priest (2011), Never Back Down (2008)) is a vampire that can track people. He is very curious to see why Edward is so protective over Bella and decides to hunt Bella for sport. After a few great events, James bites Bella, and she breaks her ankle but will Edward and his family arrive too late to save her from dying with James around. Bella has the vampire venom in her and what happens next was a sitting on the edge of your seat experience.

Overall, I recommend all vampire lovers who love romance to watch this movie the entire series. There is a good amount of events that I did not mention in the review although one might think that I gave too much away but that is not the case. The music, sceneries, sets, and makeup was done nicely and gave the movie an added bonus.

  • Twilight Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.20
  • IMDB: 5.2
  • MetaCritic: 5.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.9

About Twilight 2008

Title: Twilight
Year: 2008
Runtime: 122 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 382,329 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 382,329
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Twilight Cast Starring: Rana Morrison, Anna Kendrick, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Cam Gigandet, Ned Bellamy, Brittani Cox, Kellan Lutz, Michael Welch, Edi Gathegi, Kristen Stewart, Jose Zuniga, Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Chon, José Zúñiga, Christian Serratos, Josh Turner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Gil Birmingham, Alexander Mendeluk, Robert Pattinson, Sean McGrath, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone, Sarah Clarke, Hunter Jackson, Gavin Bristol, Brianna Womick, Rachelle Lefevre
Twilight Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
Twilight Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Box Office: $191,449,475
Production: Summit Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA