Monday, November 24, 2008

I have a confession

Do you ever have so many different blog posts rolling around in your head that it's hard to decide what to post? Or how to focus what you are going to write?

I do that all the time. Only recipes are well planned events here, everything thing else is fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants stuff. As if you couldn't tell that.

The title has been hanging in my head for the past few weeks with a whole different post in mind but in light of my Friday night experience, I feel I need to be honest and let you guys in on a secret.

I wasn't crazy about the movie. Twilight that is.

I realize now that I had such high hopes that I was a little under-impressed. I don't want to use the word disappointed. That's not fair to anyone who hasn't seen it yet...and not fair to the people that made the movie.

For me, the movie moved too quick. Too many crucial scenes were cut short - specifically the Meadow scene when he reveals himself, La Push when Jacob lets Bella in on the secret, Port Angeles during the restaurant scene, even the last fight scene was done at an incredible pace.

Scenes that maybe weren't crucial but added to the characters and why we loved the books so much were not there at all. For example Bella cooking for her Dad, it showed me how she is always thinking of others and instead they ate in a diner in the movie.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie because I'm a fan. People that haven't read the books won't get it. There was a non-fan sitting next to me that expected more True Blood, less Twilight because they had no idea what the story was about except that it involved a vampire. Needless to say, they didn't get it and commented throughout the entire movie about not getting it.

The scenes with just Bella & Edward were great. They definitely have chemistry. Most of the casting turned out to be right on point - except Jasper. He was just plain odd looking during the whole movie. And who's an Emmett fan now? ME! He was all sorts of hunky. Plus I like the way the film left an opening for the next one.

Now that I think about it, I don't know how they could have crammed all that the book entails into two hours on the screen without condensing and deleting. I should have known.

So what did you think? Do you want to see it again? What was your favorite scene that didn't make the cut? And your favorite that did?


TattooedMinivanMom said...

Dude, I told you already.

Denise said...

I'm so glad you posted this because most of my readers just don't get my Twilight fascination.

I KNEW before I even went to see the movie that I would be disappointed. How could I not? No good book can truly be transformed to a movie although the Harry Potter books/movies come close. And I could have lived with a lot but what I simply can't live with is that absolutely TERRIBLE acting!

Seriously,could they not convey Edward's seriousness without having him scowl all the time? But I could even live with that. I had the most trouble with Jasper (who looked like a total freak) the girl's from high school in the dress shop (can anyone saw Improv and Adlib dialogue?) and most of all Bella. All she did was look scared and breath heavy most of the movie. I realize she is reserved but don't make her look dead already in the first movie. She could have showed SOME emotion! I realize this movie was low budget but come on, you don't need a ton of money to act well!

I think what I am most disappointed with is that they took a beautiful book and love story and turned it into some kind of awful caricature.

I wonder what Stephanie Meyer thinks?

PS> LOVED Emmett!

Shannon said...

I do agree that Emmett is very hunky. VERY.

But... I've always had a soft spot for Jasper! There's a scene between him and Bella that I wish had made it into the movie...

After the baseball game and they are all back at the Cullens getting ready to leave... Bella feels or says that she's not worth having one of them get hurt. Then they're leaving and its just Jasper and Bella. And Jasper says to her "you're wrong you know... you are worth it"

Awww! That's so sweet! I loved that part.

I loved the movie. I went in knowing there would be differences between the book and the movie... 'cause that is usually the case when books are made into movies. Now I do think it moved a bit too fast. And there were some CHEESY acting moments (James and all his deep smelling, for one)... but I do want to see it again!

Lump said...

I still have yet to see the movie. I think I'm going to wait a couple of weeks...

Kat said...

Oh, I have a whole list of issues. That deep smelling by James. The startled look of Jasper's. Edward looking like he was going to upchuck - instead of being in pain. Bella crossing her eyes when Edward is sucking out the venom.

I think that my expectations were too high. daughter loved it. And that was good enough for me... said...

Well, I haven't seen the movie, but hearing others' opinions doesn't ever really color mine in any way. I can't wait to see the movie; I'm thinking Thanksgiving afternoon, after dinner!

I can definitely relate about the blog posts. Mine are usually all kinds of random and all over the place. I try not to make them like that, because I then don't get responses on the different things I might bring up. It really is better to stick with just one theme, or some related ones, during blog my opinion. However, I read lots of random, and it doesn't disappoint me as a reader. I just wonder if my comments might sometimes disappoint the blogger because I didn't touch on all the things which were important enough to him or her to write about.

I feel that as a result of my own inconsistency and lack of compelling posts in general, that I have lost a connection with several of my former readers, and can't always make one with new ones.

And that shows in my google page rank :/

Lula! said...


Reliving all of this makes me so tired.

I will say that the meadow scene devastated me...because I wanted more and it didn't give me more.

And I wanted the blood typing scene to be played out...screw that stupid biology field trip. I want Bella fainting, Edward coming to the rescue, and Mike feeling like a cheeseball.


Anonymous said...

I liked the movie and think they did a good job at condensing it. I would have liked to see the scenes how they were in the book but of course they changed stuff because thats what they do when they make a book into a movie. The two scenes I would have liked to see were the conversation Bella and Edward had in the cafeteria before the the blood typing class, and the blood typing scene itself. I'm looking forward to the next movie because we'll be able to see certain characters develop more and because they'll probably have a higher budget to make it since the first movie did so well. Oh yeah and I agree with Shannon about the Jasper thing, would have been great to see more of his character come out--they didn't even mention his "super power" in this movie. Anyways, overall I liked it and can't wait for it to come out on dvd so I can see all the deleted scenes and extra features. And because I'm a big music nerd, I really liked the soundtrack, both the songs by the artists and the score by Carter Burwell.


shopgirl90 said...

What's WRONG with you people? I thought Jasper was amazing in his scenes! He was suppose to be stiff and have a startled look. He did a great job with that , if u remember he was a solider and he has a little trouble with human blood. I loved robert pattinson he really carried out the movie beautifully, he was the perfect edward cullen. The only real problem was bella,to be honest im suprised she wasnt horrible like i thought she was, she was ok but could have done better. I wish she had more emotion. I cant help it but I really dont like jacobs voice, it just annoys me and makes me crazy.
overall I loved the movie even though it was a little different than the book.