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Twilight

First off, if you've read the book and liked it - then stop now and don't bother reading this review or watching this movie. This movie will ruin the whole saga for you. If you liked the books, stick by them and don't bother sitting through this interpretation. Where is this hostility towards the Twilight movie coming from? Experience. I had read all four of the Twilight novels before watching this film. After watching it, I just couldn't enjoy the books anymore. I didn't go into the theater expecting to love the series more, but I didn't go in expecting to dislike it either.

I was a pretty die-hard fan of Twilight when I went to the theater the day it premiered. I was expecting a somewhat decent adaptation - and they did stay pretty damn accurate. The problem was...the accuracy didn't really help at all. Or maybe it was the way the actors portrayed the story? I know that the vampires were supposed to sparkle - but the way they did it was a bit...obnoxious. They could have toned it down a bit. They were too sparkly for my taste. I was expecting some glistening to make it obvious they weren't human, but it was just too much.

Now let's talk about the actors. Ashley Greene was perfect for Alice and I had absolutely no qualms with her performance. Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, and Peter Facinelli all did great jobs with their characters as well. The actress portraying Esme did a pretty good job as well. Even Charlie's actor was a good fit.

The problem lied with Bella, Edward, and Jacob. For those who don't already know, those characters were portrayed by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner respectively. Robert Pattinson is a great actor, don't get me wrong, but this part just didn't suit him - either that or Kristen Stewart just wasn't suited for Bella. Actually, that's wrong. I feel like either one of them could have "headlined" the movie on their own - they just didn't compliment one another as Bella & Edward. They do have a good amount of chemistry, just not enough to portray these two lovers...or maybe it was too much.

If you've read the novels, you should have noticed that for all intents and purposes - Bella would be better off with Jacob. Yet, Bella still chooses Edward. What does this say? That Jacob's actor should have a bit more chemistry with Kristen than Robert does - or at least the same amount. I will admit Taylor Lautner looked sexier as Jacob than Robert did as Edward, but there wasn't any point in the movie where I felt like it was possible for the two of them to be together. Maybe that's what was wrong...the love triangle just felt half-assed. I feel like the casting directors should have held auditions for these three crucial parts together - that way they could see which three would work best with one another. A story like Twilight can't be put to film without the right cast - and the casting for these three just didn't cut it.

Like I said, they followed the book pretty well. However, I felt like they cut out the wrong parts. I knew they would cut out certain things, but they cut it in the wrong places. I felt like I was just speed-reading the book. This was a movie adaptation. The original book didn't give Bella much of a personality to begin with, and I felt like they didn't even try to give Bella a personality for the movie. Perhaps if they attempted to give her a personality, it would have been better. Kristen played her exactly as she was in the novel - bland and anyone could take her place. Any other actress could have done what she did; in other words, she did nothing to make the role her own. With Robert, I can't imagine anyone else playing that creepy yet desirable vampire boyfriend.

I won't say that the movie was horrible because it wasn't. It's just not something that I would willingly watch again.

RATING: 3/5 - I can't rate it lower than this or I'd just be bashing it. It wasn't shitty, but it wasn't good either. They could have covered up the crappy script writing with a damn good cast, but they just fell short.