Twilight talk: A review of the Twilight movie franchise

Remember that one scene from “Twilight” where Edward takes Bella to meet his family and shows her a tour of his awesome house and they end up in his backyard climbing from tree to tree in that beautiful forest?

What about the music that plays in the background called, “Bella’s Lullaby?” And the way the camera zooms out a bit so the audience can see just how big and spacious the forest actually is?

Well, I do because I recently re-watched it and became obsessed. Yes, I am aware that the Twilight films aren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, and I can see why for many reasons. However, I personally find them enjoyable at times.

It’s mostly because of nostalgia and the fact that I have so many memories of watching them with my mom, but I can agree with some that the acting can sometimes be so bad it’s laughable. Honestly though, that’s part of the reason why I love it so much.

For those of you who haven’t seen “Twilight,” it’s about a teenage girl named Bella Swan who has just moved from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Forks, Washington. Her step dad is a baseball player and therefore travels a lot so her mom thought it would be best if she’d go live with her biological dad, Charlie.

Initially, she finds it difficult adjusting to Forks because it’s been years since she has been there. However, she starts to warm up to it after she encounters a strange boy at her new school by the name of Edward Cullen.

The movie was released in theaters on Nov. 21, 2008 and stars Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattingson as Edward Cullen.

Although the movie does in fact take place in the small of Forks, Washington, surprisingly almost all of it was filmed in Oregon and any scenes that feature the Cullen or the Swan house were located in Portland. The famous spot where the Cullen family plays baseball is also filmed there as well.

I would give this movie 4.5/5 stars, one reason being that it has a killer soundtrack. The baseball scene with Muse’s “Super Massive Black Hole” playing in the background is so iconic. Who knew it would be so entertaining watching vampires play baseball during a thunderstorm?

Speaking of thunderstorms, I am kind of afraid of them. I am just not a fan of lightning or thunder. However, after watching that scene, I can say that I’ve become a little less terrified of them because whenever there is an actual thunderstorm, I’ll just tell myself, “At least the Cullens can play baseball now.”

Another reason I would give it that particular rating is because I find characters so fascinating. Take the Cullens for instance. They are a group of vampires who all possess some sort of power. Edward can read minds, Emmet has super strength, and Alice can see into the future.

Alice Cullen happens to be my favorite character in the film because in my opinion she is one of the sweetest members of her family. She is very friendly and outgoing and loves meeting new people, like Bella Swan, whom she immediately befriends despite the fact that they are both of a different kind.

I also love her because she is just so caring and loyal towards everybody she loves, is always there for people when they need her and in times of total chaos; always makes sure to put them before herself which I think is just so sweet.

If I was part of the Twilight universe, I would ask the Cullens if I could come over to their house just so I could hang out with her. Meeting Ashley Greene, the actress who plays her, would definitely be a dream come true. 

I would also love to take a trip to Oregon to see all the different places where the movie was filmed. Currently, I am doing as much research as I possibly can on the topic so I can convince my parents to take me someday.

My third and final reason why I’d give “Twilight” a 4.5/5 star rating is because there are times in the film where the script can be really weak. For example, in the biology scene where Bella and Edward first officially meet each other, there are a few points in the scene where the script did not show off the actor’s skills at all. To the point where it came off as cringy.

Another point in the film where the script wasn’t its best was the scene when Edward takes Bella up the mountain to show her what he looks like in the sunlight. Every time I watch it, I crack up because of how overly dramatic the whole situation is.

I would love to read the original novel because I feel like there’s just so much to explore in books in general and there would also be a lot more information in the book that was likely left out in the movie. You can read more about the character’s background and who they are, the book is longer in length, and so on. I won’t know until I read it though.

Alright, I am done rambling on and on about the Twilight saga. I hope you liked hearing about what I had to say though because I really enjoyed writing this story for you guys regardless if you like “Twilight” or not. It was so fun!

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