Twilight (2008)

19 December 2008

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TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern day love story between a teenage girl who falls in love with a “good” vampire who must protect her from the “bad” vampires while resisting his natural instincts.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change.

Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands – and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. But he doesn’t have fangs, and he doesn’t drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice.

To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for her?

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"i want some more"

Bella & Edward - I can with all certainty, assure people that Kristen Stewart has been perfectly cast as Bella. They could not have found a better fit. She embodies the character completely and absolutely does her justice. Robert Pattison's Edward is suitably cold in the beginning, but soon warms up and you can tell these two actors have the chemistry needed to make the Bella and Edward relationship believable. Although they are given questionable dialogue at times, they both pull out all the stops - thankfully - as this film rests almost completely on their shoulders. That isn't to say the other characters in the film aren't important. Far from it. Every other person in the film is crucial, and I'm glad to see the casting was spot-on with almost every single one of them.

I've got to be honest with you, if you came to watch Twilight looking for regular old vampires.. you're watching the wrong film. Twilight's vampires doesn't have fangs, you can't kill them with garlic, and they don't die when you expose them to the sun. I love the way Catherine Hardwicke gave the film an "indie" feel. Because somehow the vampires felt more realistic this way. The love story between Bella/Edward was also played out well by the main actors. You can really feel that tension, when you want to be with someone but know you shouldn't.

Overall, the film surprised me, surpassing way over my expectations and probably some other people that are going to see it too.

press conference q&a
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  • Date & Venue
  • 04 December 2008 / Mandarin Oriental, London
  • Celebrities in Attendence
  • Kristen Stewart, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson
  • Listen to audio clips from the press conference
    Catherine Hardwicke
    On the films success in the US and keeping true to the readers when making the film
    Kristen Stewart
    At what point in the process did you realise how important the film was to its readers?
    Kristen Stewart
    Did you read the book? How did you get though the amount of material at your disposal?
    Robert Pattinson
    On the madness of Leicester Square
    Robert Pattinson, Catherine Hardwicke
    On living up to fan expectations and casting
    Robert Pattinson
    On preparing to be other worldly
    Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
    On the sexual tension between the characters
    Catherine Hardwicke
    On the atmospherics in Oregon
    Catherine Hardwicke
    On involvement with the sequels
    Catherine Hardwicke
    On Stephenie Meyers (author) involvement
    Catherine Hardwicke
    On persuading Robert to use his songs on the soundtrack
    Robert Pattinson
    On living at home
    Kristen Stewart
    On her career
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