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    November 28, 2008


    English - (PG13) - 27 November 2008

    Distributor:Summit Entertainment

    Running Time:
    approx. 121 minutes

    Catherine Hardwicke

    Producer: Mark Morgan, Greg Mooradian, Wyck Godfrey

    Stephenie Mayer, Melissa Rosenberg

    Casts:Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

    When Bella's mother remarries and sends her to live with her father in the little town of Forks, Washington, she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen - a boy unlike any she's ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance, for Edward is a vampire. But he doesn't have fangs, and he doesn't drink human blood, as Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy.

    My Verdict:

    Green Tea says:
    A chick flick!! It is not as commonly as we can see this type of genre around; a movie led by an actress, directed by a female director, based on a writing by a female writer and targeted to a majority female audiences. Faithfully adhere to the original scripting of Stephenie Meyer itself, the first installment prove to be a mixture of excellency for a craft of Girl's Power and a less polished transformation of a literature into the silver screen.

    Casts - I do not have any surprises to the casting which I would say good. I am not a vivid fan and I have only read the first few dozen pages of the book at my recent visit to Borders. I do not have the complete pictures of imaginary of how these characters should look like. But the casts seem to be doing a good job in unleashing the flow of the story, especially the Swans. They managed to pull a great father-daughter dilemma and relationship that we can enjoy. According to the director and author themselves, all the casts had given all up and they managed to breathe deep into their each character well. They are some who utterly express uneasiness over the role of Edward, been awarded to Robert Pattinson. But I think he is just fine despite some "Harry Potter" styles of acting that were still imminent in him. Remember Cedric Diggory of Goblet of Fire?

    Story - It would be normal that an adaptation of a story from a best-seller novels into a movie would have some details left out. Although faithfully adhere, I can roughly figure that somehow certain story just did not make it during the transition. The chemistry bond between Edward and Bella, is not significantly been done in a smooth transition, which I believe that it could have been done in more polished way, by avoiding some abrupt and sudden changes to the pace of the love story. But I think it is still lovely to watch though. Catherine had also made this movie exciting by developing well enough elements of more emotions devotion as compared to the one in the book. Talking about more emotion feel!! Further, the story surrounding the Swans were good but The Cullens seems to be a bit undeveloped and hazy.

    The main complaint is why there are some ultimately retarded and silly lines made its way into the movie. Lines like "You Are Beautiful" when Edward revealed his true nature under the sun and "It's like 1.774...(a square root of pi)" when Bella asked on how did Edward been able to cross the street so fast are like the laughing stock of the show. Many other silly lines but I just don't really felt that it makes any sense and makes me click to it. Otherwise, the cinematography and effects are just simple and you can not compared it with something grander than any vampire movie - Van Helsing.

    The Ratings...........
    CAST - 3.5 stars
    STORYLINE - 3.5 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY - 3.5 stars
    EFFECTS - what effects
    an overall >> 3.5 stars
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