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"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb..."

   Mon, November 24, 2008 - 11:17 AM
I took my two teenaged daughters to see "Twilight" this weekend.

Ok, I'm just gonna come right out and say it.

It was a really good movie.

I went in only with the expectation of sitting in a theater with a bunch of squealing teenaged girls. I really knew nothing about the story, except that it had something to do with vampires. I knew that both of my daughters had read the entire series (four books) TWICE. I knew they were *really* bummed that I wouldn't let them go to the midnight showing on Thursday night/Friday morning. And, of course, I'd have to have been deaf and blind to have missed all the hype of the last several weeks.

We got reserved seating tickets to the 11:30 P.M. showing at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks. I reluctantly left a warm and cozy group of good friends I hadn't seen in a while, and went to get the girls and my sister (who were waiting in the car when I got there!). So off we go... ok, let's have a look at this ticket to see exactly where we are going. Arclight Hollywood. Yes, that's an Arclight theater, too, now show me the Sherman Oaks address... Arclight Hollywood... What?!? I had ordered the tickets online that morning, and had been checking the SO theater, but somewhere in the mix it tossed me over to the Hollywood location. No way to change it, so I guess we are going to Hollywood. I am SO going to get my ass kicked when Mr. Shan finds out I took the girls to HOLLYWOOD at MIDNIGHT on a SATURDAY night with not even so much as a pocketknife insurance policy. Fortunately we were able to park about 50 feet inside the parking structure that is just outside the east side door of the theater. We took our seats at about 11:29 P.M.

There were actually only maybe about 50 people in the theater. Good, shouldn't be too obnoxious. I didn't want to fall asleep, though, because the girls really wanted me to see it, and also for the sake of the $14 ticket price. Ok, starting... Interesting cinematographic quality, interesting music so far... an opening line that's a decent little "hook"... beginning story line that seems to have potential... we may be ok here.

I'm not really a vampire fan, so I guess I also went in expecting to not really enjoy the movie, from that standpoint. Well, this movie is definitely not overwhelmingly "vampire". And although the story is really *about* vampires, you almost get a feeling that the vampire aspect is just a twist on the really cool love story. And when I say "love story", I definitely do not mean in the "chick flick" sense. Yes, it is centered around a high school, but I did not find that annoying, or even really relevant, other than to reflect the age range of the characters. Oh, and Edward is veeeery easy on the eyes...

Both my girls thought the director did a really good job with the movie, understanding that it's hard to adapt books to theater, and acknowledging that when one reads a book, the imagery created is strictly one's own.

I told the girls that they have my permission to attend the midnight opening of the next movie ("New Moon") if they are both getting straight A's...

I know there are a number of you who will not go to the theater to see this movie, but I highly recommend you give it a chance when it's released on video.

And if you are hesitant at all, I would bet two drinks that this movie is much better than others you have suffered through.


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Mon, November 24, 2008 - 1:32 PM
Just count me as anecdotal evidence that this might be a "Chick Flick" in a classic sense.

I didn't hate it, but sheesh, the gratuitous beefcake, ugh!
Mon, November 24, 2008 - 1:53 PM
<<might be a "Chick Flick" in a classic sense>>

You're not seriously comparing this to the likes of a "Sleepless in Seattle" or "You've Got Mail" type of chick flick, are you? You've got to be kidding me. If that's your criteria (beefcake) for a chick flick, then the hot vampiresses must make this a total guy film at the same time. I mean, were you *awake* when Rosalie scent marked that tree...?

Mon, November 24, 2008 - 4:47 PM
Thanks for the review, sweetie. I admit that I have been hesitant to see it, because of the hype, and because of the teeming throngs of young people <lol>, but now I'll definitely add it to my Netflix. I'm not a chick flick girl, either, but I DO like vampires, and gratuitous beefcake would be a nice change of pace ; ).
Wed, December 3, 2008 - 9:48 AM
Well, I have a 12 year old daughter, who was so intensely fired up over this that I couldn't help falling in too - and I liked the movie! My inner 12 year old is very happy. OK OK I did read all the books too. I kinda have the hots for Alice, personally.