Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Agony and the Ectasy

Agony being our horrible loss to that lame excuse for a university in the north... Why on earth were they even allowed to come into contact with the ball that much! Ridiculous! I can't talk about it, my heart hurts too much!

Ecstasy being the terrific time I had this weekend with my friends and my cousin Rhonda. My cousin and I didn't see much of each other growing up and now we have the opportunity to reconnect. Believe it or not, I am so grateful to Facebook for being the major facilitator in this whole thing and on a whim, Rhonda came down to see the movie Twilight with me and my book club. We had the best time. We saw the movie twice in less than 24 hours, had a great lunch date with my mom, she was able to meet all of my dear friends and I sincerely hope she had as much fun as I did. I know all my book club buddies thought she was teriffic and figure if she can handle all of us for a night she can handle anything! Come back soon, girl! We need to have some more fun!

Now, as promised, here's my little Twilight review (admit it, you've been checking this blog with anticipation for DAYS!)

After seeing the movie at the midnight release, I didn't exactly know what to think of the whole thing. There were things I loved and things I loathed, but after seeing it for a second time (in less that 24 hours mind you) I have finally made up my mind. I {mostly} liked it!

After the midnight showing, I left the theater feeling a little underwhelmed. There were certainly things I liked. The scenery was beautiful and gorgeous and just how green I imagined it would be. The people were all for the most part beautiful, too. And as far as following the book, I have to say it did that pretty well, too. However, so much of the scenes did not live up to their potential. In fact, after a completely botched meadow scene and some horribly laughable special effects I kinda checked out for a little while. There was enough interest and tension to draw me back in, but I ultimately came out slightly dissapointed due a few things. First, (at first glance) lack of humor. These books are funny. So much of that was gone and what seemed all to be left was a poorly developed teen angst movie. Gone is the witty banter between Edward and Bella and the few but terrific playful interaction between the Cullen's as a family. Second, due to all the teen angst, low budget effects and some cringingly unfortunate over acting, the movie tends lean more towards an after school special in a few moments. I came out really just thinking that although it wasn't awful and I had been entertained, I couldn't help but wonder about what could've been.
The second time was another story. I went in knowing what I was getting myself into. No unrealistic expectations this time lead me to relax a bit more and enjoy a lot of what I had missed the first go around. There were very subtle jokes and small character ticks I hadn't picked up on the first time that seemed more natural and fitting to the characters in the book. I also knew just when to grit my teeth and hold my breath for the next few moments and try my best to completely ignore the certain parts that sent me cringing. I came out the second time through really REALLY liking it. So, my advice to you is be prepard. Be prepard for some cheese, be prepared for some angst and be prepared for some fun, because in the end, that's really what it was, just fun. To me, it's not the most perfect representation of the book, but it certainly was neat to see a few parts of it come to life.

Now, in the spirit of the boy scouts, here is my list of the 10 most important things to be prepared for when you go to this movie:
10. Be prepared for giggling and sighing teenage girls. They are everywhere. They're even IN the movie, not just surrounding you!
9. Be prepared for Charlie Swan (Bella's father) to completely steal the movie. He was hilarious and very well played.
8. Be prepared for Jessica Stanley. She is perfect.
7. Be prepared to not know where Jasper is, but wonder what on earth that strange blond boy who's trying to act like Edward Scissor Hands is doing with Alice and what he even has to to with this movie.
6. Be prepared for Jacob Black's smile to be the cutest thing you've ever seen
5. Be prepared to witness everything we hoped for in the awesomeness of Vampire Baseball
4. Be prepared for a lot of unnecessary tree climbing on the part of Edward--WHAT is up with that?!
3. Be prepared for tension. Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson deliver on the tension (just not all the time on the acting.)
2. Be prepared for some very messed up key book moments-- like as in they totally ruined it. But also be prepared for some great ones and even some new elements I even wish had been in the book in the first place.
1. Be prepared for New Moon! The screen writer has been contracted and the leads have signed back on! You know I'll be there-- probably twice.


Devyn said...

I'm so excited for New Moon! Especially since there is no way Cam Gigandet (James) can be in this movie. I don't think I really have a problem with him in the movie, it's the actual actor that I have issues with.

y0hmama said...

I had a great time - thanks for all of your enthusiasm, you always make the evening WAY more FUN!!! I'm so glad we're friends, and I thought your cousin was nice and had good feedback about Twilight as well.

bumblebeebags said...

I totally agree with your review. The only thing I can say is that I heard they only spent like 30 million (only?) to make this movie. In hollywood dollars thats not alot. In the second movie they are planning to double or triple that amount. I dont think they realized what a hit this would be. Now that they do I'm sure it will only get better!

Sara Walker said...

About that agony. Did you hear the BYU quarterback got uninvited to his family's Thanksgiving dinner? -It's true! They were worried that he'd try to pass the mashed potatoes and they'd get intercepted. -Sorry, couldn't resist...
Great review, if I ever get to see this movie, I'll go with realistic expectations and be blown away!

Julie said...

Vanessa, What more can I say than....GO UTES!!!! Cannon is watching the game AGAIN right now. We both have big smiles on our faces. Do you hate me yet, well don't. The school of (most of) the prophets have to win some of the time.
I totally agree with what you said about the movie. Hey, at least we have one thing in common!!
XOXO Julie
p.s. Did I ever get those recipes from you for the month of September?

The Guiness Family said...

I have to say that the 4th time is the best! I love your comments even though I just love it no matter what. I am reading New Moon again and it just has a different feel now that I can picture everything. I remember the same thing happening after the Harry Potter movies coming out.

RhondaLThomas said...

OMG I had a BLAST with you and your friends! STILL talking about it (poor Mike)! Your friends are really, really cool and I loved hanging out with them!

The theme of my year has been reconnection (thanks to Facebook!) ... and with that reconnection has come a bit of healing and growth! I am so over the moon about having you in my life, Vanessa, and overwhelmingly grateful for the chance to continue to get to know you and your crazy awesome family! Woo hoo!!

As for Twilight, overall ... I think I liked it. I think I need to see it a couple more times juuust to make sure ;-)

- Vampire baseball rocks! Probably my favorite scene! From the mid-air collision to Alice's pointed toe ... nicely done!

- Seriously! Hair seems to be an issue in this movie! Dear Jesus, Please let the hairdressers come to their senses, read the series, and do something less lame. Thank you! Amen. (It's not bad to pray for less lame hair, is it???)

- Apple in hands ... hmmm ... kinda gimmicky ... but willing to let it slide a bit since it kinda was in context of what was happening.

- Charlie Swan, Chief Scene Stealer. Perfect example of less is more.

- I liked the added touch of the crest and that everyone one has their own special adornment.

Soooooo .... what's next the adventure?!?!?! :-DDDDD I'm so there!!

Vanessa Contessa said...

I have your cards, I'll send them this week!

Vampire baseball DOES rock!

Praying for less lame hair is perfectly acceptable. I'm praying for NOT lame werewolves, so I think that's fair.

Ummmm.... you BETTER be here for New Moon or I will pout for a YEAR!

I"m so glad to have reconnected too! Love you!

Rhonda L. Thomas said...

HA! I will TOTALLY be there for New Moon so don't even THINK you're gonna get some pout time in, girl! :-DDD