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Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – Twilight Review

November 27, 2008

source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 11/27/2008, section B , page 12

‘Twilight’ entertains beyond its target audience 11/26/2008 9:49:25 PM
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I saw the new teenage vampire movie, “Twilight,” while surrounded by its target audience.

The book of the same name written by Stephenie Meyer has become a publishing sensation, and the movie had a built-in audience of young women wanting to see how Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) looks on the big screen.

Before I walked into the theater, I didn’t know anything about Edward or the story’s heroine, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), so I couldn’t compare their movie selves to their book selves.

But I can say that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, director Catherine Hardwicke and the rest of the team put together an engrossing romantic thriller.

Bella moves to Washington state to live with her father. She’s immediately interested in Edward, probably because he seems unnaturally repulsed by her at first. Theirs is a sweetly odd courtship that’s complicated by a series of killings in town. Could Edward or his family be responsible?

“Twilight” was slow in a few places, and I had some questions about the logic within the story.

I also thought the production values could’ve been better, but there are two ways to look at that: 1) The movie made $70 million over its opening weekend, so the next movie will have better production values; or 2) The movie made $70 million over its first weekend, so there’s no reason to change.

If you’re a guy and your significant other wants you to take her to “Twilight,” you should go. You probably owe her for all those action movies you’ve dragged her to, and you may have a good time.

I give “Twilight” a B minus.

It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.

Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.

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