Twilight: The DVD, Reviewed by three

Bella and Edward, New Moon kiss
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So, we finally saw Twilight last night, on DVD.  Our family rule is that you have to read the book before seeing the movie, and Peaches finished the book last week (and is already a third of the way through New Moon!)  Since we know there’s no way sillycoop would ever read it, and he wanted to hang out with us, he was exempted from the rule for this one!  Here’s our conversation from immediately after the movie ended.

sillycooper:  That was an AWKWARD movie!

Mom:  That was a completely awkward movie, sillycoop!  For the entire first half, I hated it!  The book was 100 times better!

Peach: Not 100 times better….

Silly:   I didn’t think I would like it; it was actually kind of good.

Mom: The scene in Science with Edward and Bella the first day wasn’t very well done.

Peach: Yeah!  It was too short!

Mom:   They didn’t do it at all like it should have been.  Edward looked… maybe slightly angry for about two minutes. They didn’t show him gripping the table or anything.

Peach:  When James, Victoria, and Lauren T. (she calls Laurent “Lauren T.”) came, that was so scary!  I thought Charlie was a lot nicer.  He was so mean in the movie.  And some people, like Erik and Tyler, looked so much different than I thought they would.

Mom: What about the music?

Peach:  The music was really good when they were playing baseball!

silly:  I didn’t really pay much attention to the music except at the end [in the credits] when they had a song by one of my favorite artists, Linkin Park.  Do you know how to spell Linkin Park, Mom?  [I do, sillycoop.]

sillycooper: Is Midnight Sun [Stephenie Meyer’s unfinished fifth book in the series, the first tweleve chapters of which have been released on her website] any good?

Mom: SO good!

silly:  What part does it end at?  [sillycoop knows that Midnight Sun is Twilight, but written entirely from Edward’s pont of view].

Mom:  In the movie, they combined two important scenes into one:  the scene in the forest where Bella tells Edward she’s figured out what he is, and the scene where they go to the meadow and Edward lets Bella see him in the sunlight.  Midnight Sun ends right before they go to the meadow.  You might like Midnight Sun, silly, since it’s from the boy’s point of view.

sillycoop:  I don’t think I’m really going to read any of them; I was just curious.

Closing thoughts and comments by Mom:

Sillycoop was spot-on in saying it was an awkward movie.  Parts of it were like a 1970s TV show (music included), and parts of it were like a 1990s jiggly, hand-held camcorder cop show.  Rob’s fake accent was god-awful (I read he based it on James Dean.  Why?  Edward is nothing like James Dean!) They would’ve been far better off just letting him speak in his normal voice – I wouldn’t even have cared if they didn’t explain it!

As far as appropriateness, the DVD is rated PG-13.  I have no problem with either of my kids reading any of the books (although we will talk – a lot – during the reading of Breaking Dawn).  The movie did seem to throw in a few extra zingers that weren’t in the book, which I thought was entirely unecessary.  They also didn’t explain a lot of things like Edward and Bella’s love for each other, which seemed to have happened in about a day in the movie, that I felt I had to explain to my son, who hadn’t read the book, and had a hard time understanding the emotions behind what was going on.

It’s always hard to turn a hit book into a movie, and this one, I think, was poorly done on many, many levels.

Our ratings, out of ten:

sillycooper:  5

Peaches:  10  I thought it was good… well, it was just a lot different!

Mom:  5

If you have to choose one or the other, read the book.  And as always, parents – you know your own child best.  There are reasons this film is PG-13.  Only you can decide if your child is mature enough to watch it, and if he or she is mature enough to read the books.