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Mom and Daughter Sucked in by "Twilight"

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Momlogic's Jill: Why I am still haunted by Robert Pattinson's dreamy portrayal of a 100-year-old vampire.

Ok, I'm not one of those moms who've read the entire "Twilight" series, but my 14-year-old daughter, Chloe, has. In fact, on certain recent family outings, she's been known to say "Let's pretend that we're a beautiful family of vampires."  I never "got it" until now.   She's been counting down the days until last Friday's opening and even splurged on a special edition Godiva chocolate bar to celebrate the occasion with her friends. Apparently, she wasn't alone -- the movie raked in over $70 million at the box office this weekend. And I have to admit, I get why: Pattinson. Talk about your vampire eye candy. Not since Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Jack Dawson in "Titanic" have I ever been so charmed by a character. And it wasn't just those eyes and that hair -- but as a mom whose daughter plans to see this movie multiple more times this month -- I am thrilled by the wholesome way he romanced his love, Bella. His overwhelming need to protect her made me and an entire audience of teenage girls swoon. All in all, a fun way to bond and gush with your daughter. Bring on the sequel!

Chloe

Jill's 14-year-old daughter Chloe: "I LOVED this movie. I've read the book, and I thought it was just made for the big screen!"

I've read all the "Twilight" books and thought the casting, for the most part, was perfect. I loved Robert Pattinson as Edward ... he was exactly as I pictured he should be, and he was way better here than he was in "Harry Potter."  While Kristen Stewart really looked the part of Bella, she wasn't quite as adorable as I imagined she'd be. Still, I was satisfied with her portrayal. The actors who played Jasper, Carlisle, Emmett, Esme, Alice, Jacob, James, Laurent and Victoria were all perfect matches with the characters. I was disappointed that Jacob didn't get enough screen time, though. He was more important in the book than in the movie, but I'm sure he'll be getting much more attention in the sequel since "New Moon" is mostly about him.

OK, some of the running and jumping effects were a little cheesey, but they did what they had to do well. The scene in the meadow, where Edward's skin had to glitter and sparkle like diamonds wasn't perfect, but at least they didn't mess it up. I would have liked a little more shine, personally.

Besides these minor adjustments I would make, I thought the movie was a great adaptation of the book. It stuck with the plot really well while still giving the movie its own twist. My friends and I already have plans to see it again!

What did you think of the vampire flick? Comment in the momlogic community!

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Lisa Q In Des Moines November 24, 2008, 5:06 PM

Great review. I’m taking my 13 year this weekend, and I guess I’ll be enjoying it more than I thought!

joanne November 24, 2008, 6:37 PM

I took a group of girls this weekend too, and my only regret was not bringing earplugs! I haven’t heard such squealing since I saw Grease back in the day!

Kirstie November 24, 2008, 8:33 PM

It gets a whole let less wholesome towards the end of the series, ladies.
Did you Bella gets knocked up and the half-vampire baby essentially gnaws it’s way out of her uterus? I can’t wait for them to try and bring that facet to the silver screen ..
As a 19 year old girl who’s supposed to be enthralled, I’m not. Why can’t they market real literature to teenage girls, instead of ridiculous Gossip Girl/Twilight-esque nonsense? Substance in a storyline would be stellar.

Alicia November 25, 2008, 7:02 PM

I completely agree with Kirstie. I am 16 years old and have not yet found a book that is aimed at teenage girls that I enjoy. The Twilight books were quite possibly the worst books I have ever read. Some of my friends who actually enjoyed the books saw the movie and weren’t all that thrilled with it, which guarantees that I will not be seeing the movie.

Lucy  November 25, 2008, 7:32 PM

This movie was soooooo awesome. I saw it on Friday and I am seeing it again 2moro and saturday. The books are really good but New Moon is kinda boring. Jasper was awesome.

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