What I'm not ashamed to admit works:
- The setting: Director Catherine Hardwick was one and done in the Twilight franchise, but I think she got the significance of the Pacific Northwest atmosphere just right. The damp, overgrown, and riotously green Washington-state landscape is a nice counterpoint to the arrested development of the vampiric Cullen clan, always depicted in washed-out cool tones.
|Not to mention how perfectly the deep green offsets Edward's auburn hair and amber eyes.|
- The casting: Though Kristen Stewart provokes in me a visceral repulsion, her diffidence and awkwardness works for Bella. Rob Pat folds in enough snarky haughtiness to temper any Bieber-esque preciousness in his performance as Edward, and Oscar-nominated (certainly not for this) Anna Kendrick as Bella's frenemy Jessica is straight-up awesome.
- If you're team Twilight, you're already willing to overlook the series' gender politics, which would be more familiar in a pre-historic cave. This film unapologetically celebrates Edward's rabid protectiveness of and obsession with Bella.
Aggression and bloodlust are sexy, right?
What is admittedly quite lame:
- The Google product placement.
- Rosalie Cullen, who is supposed to be the hottest undead girl alive, isn't pretty enough.
|Meh. I prefer Alice.|
- Edward's simian scamper up a tree is more slapstick then superhero (the madness happens at about 2:13).
This film is a suitable introduction to the series, but only my second favorite of the cinematic adaptations. Stay tuned for tomorrow's treatment of the lycanthropic New Moon!