‘Twilight’ movie bites; books are better

Kendra Ward

“Twilight” is the story of a high school girl, Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, who moves from Arizona to live with her father in the dreary Forks, Wash. She is very accident-prone and gets saved by the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) in an almost supernatural way. She digs into what he really could be and finally discovers his secret: he’s a vampire.

Not your normal vampire. There aren’t any coffins, and sunlight doesn’t kill them. The sunlight only causes their skin to sparkle like diamonds, which is why they can’t go into the sun in public. Bella gets involved in the Cullen family, a family of “vegetarian” vampires, but that doesn’t keep her from danger.

After spending the afternoon with her family playing baseball, vampires who are not so interested in the sanctity of human life catch a whiff of Bella. Now the Cullens must figure out a way to save Bella while still fighting their own desire for her blood.

I didn’t really like the movie. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t blow me away like I kept hearing that it would. Edward creeped me out, and while I do realize he is a vampire, he is supposed to be charming. I’m not a huge fan of romantic films, but this one just seemed to drag on, and I did appreciate when the vampires started vampiring instead of just going to school. The baseball scene did make me smile because that is how I pictured it.

Kristen Stewart does a very good job playing Bella, but that’s the only main character I found believable. There had to be someone better than Robert Pattinson for Edward.

I was pleased at how closely the movie followed the book. A couple scenes were joined together for a better flow but all of the important aspects were a part of the film.

I realize the point of the books is high school romance mixed with vampire, but both aspects of the story just seemed to drag on and it was a little boring. I did enjoy the books; they were engrossing. Apparently it’s just me though-everyone else I talk to about it, be it they loved the books or just love vampire movies, thought it was great. It was also the first movie, and it wasn’t made with a whole lot of money, but I am looking forward to seeing what they do for “New Moon.”