My friend Maggie and I are not obsessive people. We don't belong to Star Trek clubs or cults centered around video games. However, we have fallen madly, deeply, head-over-heals in love with Edward Cullen and Jasper Hale.
So profound is our adoration that we Fandangoed our tickets to the Twilight premier the day they went on sale. Honestly, while we claimed we would harshly critique the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s book, the movie could have been an utter disappointment and we wouldn’t have cared. We simply longed to see our perfect men—my Edward and Maggie’s Jasper—in action.
So, at ten o’clock at night on the twentieth of November, Maggie and I lined up at Century 16, sporting lattes and t-shirts voicing our adoration for our fictional men. While we were two hours early the line wrapped all the way around the perimeter of the theater.
The mounting adrenaline certainly had something to do with our response to the movie, but even without two shots of espresso and months of anticipation I still would have come away from the theater elated. Of course, no film adaptation of a favorite novel will ever compare to the written words, but we felt this at least satisfied our lust to really see the characters.
Not every Twilight fan will agree, but I viewed the movie as a success. The idea was to portray the characters visually and I feel they did and excellent job translating their looks and mannerisms onto the screen. Of course, Robert Pattinson (who plays Edward) is so ridiculously good-looking it really wouldn’t have mattered if he could act.
My only complaints are that precious little time was spent on introducing the secondary characters; and Jasper looked too stiff and terrified. But nevertheless, the combination of an excellent soundtrack and the insane hotness of Edward satisfied our expectations. Just keep in mind that this is technically and indie film and its special effects should not be held to the standards of Harry Potter.