Re-watched: Twilight (2008)


“How long have you been seventeen?”
“A while.”

The Why

A quick little summary for those of you who have never had the pleasure of watching the movie adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight: Bella Swan moves to nowheresville Fawkes where she becomes the object of attention and inevitable affection of the mysterious (and spoiler alert; Vampire) Edward Cullen.

So way back in 2008 I saw Twilight in cinema with a friend who was all kinds of obsessed with it; I’m talking my first watch was her third and she had plans for a fourth, fifth and sixth, level of obsessed. I thought it was okay but a disappointment as I liked the book series better – here I can’t not mention that I read the book three years before it became commercially popular.

Anyways I’ve seen it only once since then – though I own an unopened DVD copy I bought on the cheap – and decided it was high time for a re-watch with my wise and broadened cinematic eye, because why the hell not.

The Re-watch
First thing I have to come clean about; I laughed. Like a lot. My sister thought I was watching a comedy by how much I had to stop and double over at some of the cheesy dialogue, awkward acting and uninspiring special effects of this movie.

It wasn’t great.

Shout out to Billy Burke who played Bella’s Dad; Charlie – I remember always liking his character so I was glad to find that hadn’t changed. Also – that dope baseball scene set to the backdrop of Supermassive Black Hole by Muse is still the most enjoyable scene in the entire movie.

I will say that one thing I never realised before is how good the soundtrack for this movie is. From the original instrumentals to the artists featured including Paramore, Linkin Park and Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. After some very minor digging I found out that Twilight is the best-selling theatrical movie soundtrack in the United States since Chicago, so I guess I’ve developed some keen movie senses in the last eleven years.

Glad to have finally sat down and re-watched Twilight and though the masochistic part of me wants to continue with the rest of the franchise and have a good ol’ chuckle – I really just don’t have that kind of time to waste.


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