As a huge fan of the book series, I really wanted to love Twilight the movie but OME - Rob Pattinson was HORRIFIC as Edward! And not in a way that you want vampires to be......The opening sequence where Bella leaves Phoenix for Forks had real promise. Kristin Stewart was quite good in the role but I missed all this "on-screen chemistry" everyone was hyping. People in the theater were laughing in all the wrong places. Edward's reaction to Bella in that first Biology class was ridiculous. Now I know why Rob said in an interview he was having a panic attack through the first 20 minutes of the premier because so were we!
In general, I really liked Melissa Rosenberg's screen adaptation of the book. My biggest complaint is that in an effort to fit in everyone's favorite parts, the scenes were too short to allow for any real character development or for a relationship to develop between the characters and the audience. If you hadn't read the book, you had no idea why you should care about what happens to these characters at all.
Having said that, there were some great performances. The awkward relationship between Bella and her Dad (Billy Burke) was fantastic and Anna Kendrick as Bella's "friend" Jessica Stanley was hilarious in a good way. All the high school kids were great as were the "bad" vampires. Plus, Taylor Lautner (except for the awful wig) was much better than I expected.
We knew the special effects were going to suck (and they did) but I think they did the best they could with the $35-40 million they had. The jury is still out on the sparkle effect in my mind - not what I was hoping for although I can't put my finger on exactly what I was expecting.
For all those who bought the movie soundtrack (#1 on Billboad), you will love how they incorporated it into the film. Even the few songs I dislike fit perfectly so now I "get it".
I have to go back to the theater tonight with my son who I was not letting into the midnight show on a school night. I'm hoping it'll be better the second time around but I'm probably just a glutton for punishment. Per usual, the movie far from lives up to its book.
Update: I went back to see it again last night and liked it a little better though by no means can I call it a good film. The bad parts were still pretty bad but this time around I found certain subtleties I could appreciate. My tween son (who read and loved all the books) really liked certain parts but said that overall he, too, was disappointed. Oh, and he noted that if you're waiting to hear Paramore's hit song, Decode, you have to sit through ALL the credits.