A hit from a different angle

“You know, your mood swings are kind of giving me whiplash.” – Isabella ‘Bella’ Swan, Twilight

twilightI don’t go to the theater very often. Unlike others who routinely say, “Let’s go catch a movie,” I tend to go only when there’s something I really want to watch, although sometimes I end up having to watch it on DVD, like Kung Fu Panda, a bandwagon I missed by months and only managed to watch a couple of weeks ago.

So when everyone was raving about Twilight, the first installment of the supernatural saga based on the book of the same name, I didn’t see what the big deal was; never having read the books (which admittedly I now want to do), I didn’t know anything about it except that it involved vampires. But after a while, even the ravings got to me, and I got Becca to watch it today during pretend-church. And to my surprise, I wasn’t very disappointed.

The movie is, for want of a better word, draggy, and it has its fair share of flaws, but the one good thing about it was that it wasn’t one of the vampire vs. human or vampire vs. werewolf movies that rely on violence and complicated history like the Underworld series (don’t get me wrong; I love that too, but that’s not the point). All the inherent silliness aside, the movie centers around love; not the typical high school kind, but that one-in-a-million kind that seems so complex and yet so simple, and that draws two people together against all odds and orthodox. And it does a take on family ties, which is quite refreshing, especially when the family is constantly reminding one another that as ‘vegetarian’ vampires, they don’t feed on humans, particularly not their son and brother’s new girlfriend.

It didn’t hurt to have Robert Pattinson (whom it took me a while to realize played Cedric Diggory in the two most recent Harry Potter movies) and Kristen Stewart (who looks remarkably like Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl, just with a narrower face and bigger front teeth) in the lead roles either: his brooding, James Dean air and awkward, old-world mannerisms made Becca croon, “He’s so sweet!” at least six times, and her trusting demeanor paired with her sharp wit is something the teenage girls will want to harbor henceforth, especially if they believe it will snag them the hot but unattainable jock — until they realize they have to have her unswerving determination to keep him too. Oh, and I loved her hair.

So far, the movie has been stoned and crucified by the critics, probably because of the lack of action and plotlines, but at the end of it, it’s very clear that New Moon, the second installment, will hit the theaters at some point. Hopefully then the saga will be able to redeem itself.

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