Venomous, sensuous, and seductive. Words usually used to describe a movie geared toward teens and young adults? No. However these are words seemingly perfect to describe the recent movie release sensation, Twilight, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
A young woman, Bella (Stewart), moves to a small town to live with her father and meets a young man (Edward, who appears to be nauseated by the mere sight of her) with smoldering eyes and hard-to-deny appeal. Bella soon finds herself trapped within his gaze and overtaken by his allure. After gathering “clues,” Bella puts the pieces of the mysterious puzzle that is Edward together to discover that he is a vampire. Though Edward tries to push her away, they both soon realize that there is a chemistry that binds them together. Will their love survive an eternity or will it be cut short by a rival vampire lusting after Bella’s blood?
I have to say that I was honestly transfixed by this movie. It caught me from the first scene until the last, leaving me wanting and yearning for more. The casting is wonderful; Robert Pattinson makes the perfect Edward; he has that "look" about him that will draw the viewer in to believe he truly is a tortured vampire. Meanwhile Kristen Stewart does a great job as the innocent yet strong young woman who knows what she wants and will not let something as small as possible death stand in the way of her love.
The supporting cast also does an excellent job as the scenes play out perfectly; visualization and special effects strung throughout are great, and the closing scene allows for a good segue into the next of these series of films. I have yet to read Stephenie Meyer's novel Twilight which provides the film's source material, so am unable to compare the two. However, I plan to do so very soon, as with the rest of the series. I have heard that there is a lot left out and cut from the book, though this often appears to be the case with many book to movie adaptations.
Twilight is a movie that will appeal to a very wide audience, I feel – male, female, young and the not so young. I say this because on a personal level and at 35, I love it, my 6-year-old daughter loved it, and my 35-year-old husband was glued to the TV until the closing credits. I highly recommend this movie to fans of the supernatural, vampires, romance, and action (though not a ton of action throughout, there is a most excellent action scene sequence near the end). I have added it to my permanent DVD collection and will be watching if often.
In addition to the movie, there is a second disc (this is included in the Two-Disc Special Edition) which contains a very interesting and detailed seven-part documentary that will give the viewer a look into the creation of Twilight as it made its journey from novel to screen. Deleted scenes, extended scenes, as well as audio commentary and music videos from Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park round out this most excellent two-disc collection.