TWILIGHT

twilight

Overall Impression — A teen love story with vampires, not a vampire story with teen lovers.

THE FOUR QUESTIONS

Who’s your main character? — Bella.

What’s she trying to accomplish? — Fall in love with Edward and have him love her back…without it costing her life.

Who’s trying to stop her? — Edward (and also James and also Jacob and also her father and also her friends.  I told you it was a teen love story!) 

What happens if she fails? — She will be either killed or turned into a vampire herself.

THE FOUR ARCHETYPES

Orphan — Bella leaves the sun of Arizona for the clouds of Washington state, starts at a new school and moves in with the father she hasn’t seen much.

Wanderer — She meets Edward and senses that there’s something odd about him.  She starts trying to figure it out.  Bella puts the pieces together and figures out that he’s a vampire.  She’s also now in love with him.

Warrior —  They fight to figure out how to be together without Edward losing control and killing her.  They also discover another group of vampires are working the area, and the most vicious one has caught Bella’s scent.

Martyr — Bella abandons her father in order to protect him and flees James’ pursuit of her.  Edward and his entire vampire family risk themselves to keep her safe, and ultimately Bella is willing to sacrifice herself to protect her mother from James.  

AND, IN THE END…

This was one deliberately paced movie.  Slow, no graphic violence, much more hormonal than hemoglobal.   That’s because it’s a love story, first and foremost.

In love stories, the question is never “will the lovers get together?” but rather “with all of the obstacles standing in their way, how will the lovers ever get together?”  Twilight excels in that it knows exactly what it is.  Edward’s curse is that he’s a vampire; the obstacle to him and Bella being together because the more he wants to be with her, the harder it is for him to control his bloodlust.  How’s THAT for an obstacle?   And even at the end of TWILIGHT, the question of how will they be able to be together is only answered in the short term.  Edward is 17 and will never age.  Bella is 16.  What happens when she catches up to him?  What happens as she gets older than him?  How will they be able to be together without her being turned into a vampire (or, please no, Edward being turned human in some “never tried before on a vampire” experiment contrivance?)

I haven’t read the books, but now I understand why my teenage daughters (and my wife!) are so keen to find out how it all will end.

— Jeffrey Alan Schechter

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8 Responses to “TWILIGHT”

  1. André van Haren January 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    “What’s she trying to accomplish? — Fall in love with Edward and have him love her back…without it costing her life.”

    what about the other two Problems? The Private and the Personal? Are there btw always 3 problems in a film?

    André

  2. André van Haren January 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    “What’s she trying to accomplish? — Fall in love with Edward and have him love her back…without it costing her life.”

    what about the other two Problems? The Private and the Personal? Are there btw always 3 problems in a film?

    André

  3. totallywrite January 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    In TWILIGHT, it seems that Bella’s problems are as follows:

    Professional — Stay alive and not become anyone’s snack!
    Personal — Fall in love with Edward and get him to love her back.
    Private — Find a place where she belongs.

    For an explanation of what the hell we’re talking about, check out the entry “Three Areas of Conflict” at http://contour-at-the-movies.com/2008/11/20/three-areas-of-conflict/

  4. totallywrite January 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    In TWILIGHT, it seems that Bella’s problems are as follows:

    Professional — Stay alive and not become anyone’s snack!
    Personal — Fall in love with Edward and get him to love her back.
    Private — Find a place where she belongs.

    For an explanation of what the hell we’re talking about, check out the entry “Three Areas of Conflict” at http://contour-at-the-movies.com/2008/11/20/three-areas-of-conflict/

  5. JT August 23, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    If you want to see an excellent vamp movie rent “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN” (Swedish) that is a real love story and a bloody mess wrapped into one. A studio bought the rights to it and will soon be remade into an American version. (why can’t they just leave great movies alone)

    Not for nothin’ but WTF the scene in Twilight when they play baseball….. BASEBALL!!?? That was so, so lame. Was that in the book? Please say no.

  6. JT August 23, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    If you want to see an excellent vamp movie rent “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN” (Swedish) that is a real love story and a bloody mess wrapped into one. A studio bought the rights to it and will soon be remade into an American version. (why can’t they just leave great movies alone)

    Not for nothin’ but WTF the scene in Twilight when they play baseball….. BASEBALL!!?? That was so, so lame. Was that in the book? Please say no.

  7. Tammi Puga October 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Twilight undoubtedly should get 5 stars out of 5 in my viewpoint

  8. Tammi Puga October 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Twilight undoubtedly should get 5 stars out of 5 in my viewpoint

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