I watched Twilight over the weekend with pretty low expectations. This is due to the fact that from the very first time that I saw the trailer, I felt that beyond all the media hype and apparent frenzy of a Robert Pattinson sighting among teenagers abroad, the preview felt underwhelming and trying.
I did want to be proven wrong however because I do like the general concept. I mean, vampires and forbidden love. Those are sure-fire ingredients of a cult-classic. Throw in pretty boys and an innocent looking virgin in a Bestseller adaptation and you should expect a guaranteed winner.
I refrained from reading all the spoilers and early reviews and I went to the cinema all prepped to like the movie.
I hated it.
Surprisingly, it wasn't even Robert Pattinson that I hated in the movie. I still remember being disappointed when I found out that he was cast as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films. I always thought that Cedric would be better looking and will have more of a GQ meets Teen heartthrob flair and he was... well, ordinary. In this movie though, he was engaging (and effeminate) enough. Kristen Stewart who was cast as the female lead Bella was quite effective at being irritating but I guess that was what she was going for. Let's not forget the dangerous looking, hot as Tabasco but easy as a critter to kill - Cam Gigandet who played the villain nomad, James. So the problem is not with the casting.
Then again, Gossip Girl also has perfect casting but just like Twilight, it never really rises beyond the high school angst and worries. Of course that is the target audience and I'm sure adolescents will be able to relate and understand the "OMG, the world is ending!!!" everyday dilemma only to reveal in the end that the cause of their worries are inherently silly and underwhelming. The emotional intensity portrayed in this movie is equivalent to a 13-year old's convulsive crush and the big battle where everything was poised for was anti-climactic.
If there were no vampires in Twilight, this would be the movie version of Gossip Girl or 90210. It is quite engaging and easy on the eyes but silly nonetheless.
Movie rating: 1.5/5