If I'm going to be completely and utterly honest, I was excessively hesitant to watch this film, simply because, well, I didn't really have a reason. I saw it from a negative perspective, but within the first 20 minutes of the film I was hooked into it.
So Twilight is about a girl, Bella Swan, who moves from the hot, scorching wasteland that is Arizona(No, I kid), and moves to a small town, Forks, close to Washington. She encounters a 'young' man by the name of Edward Cullen, who seems a little angry at the world, or maybe at his hairstyle. So they both fall in love, and she discovers that Edward is actually a Vampire who has been alive for quite a while. A while means a couple of hundred years or so. So Edward loves her alot, and seems to be incredibly insecure or something, because he can't seem to stand it when she's around other Males. Bella gets into trouble a couple of times, and Edward saves her.
Granted, I haven't read the book(s) by Stephanie Meyer, but generally, when a book has been adapted for a script, the book is usually better. Of course, like I said, I haven't read it, so my opinion won't count for that element.
There were several elements of this film that I really enjoyed, and still fresh in memory right now. One, and the main one I though, was the film gave me an impression of an Indie film. Alot of it seemed so organic, and fresh- until they introduced the vampire. Once the establishment of Edward's 'powers' had become apparent, the interest curve had dropped, quite steeply. Not so much that I wasn't interested in the film, just enough so I wanted to almost 'block out' said scenes.
I admired how there was a certain 'innocence', if you will, about the romance between the two, until they began smothering each other in her bedroom. It regained some of it back, to some degree, but it was refreshing, it wasn't a clichéd concept, just a number of elements within the film which were all too redundant(the bland, all-too-familiar clichés, a girl who enters a school and seems to be clumsy and inept at pretty much everything, the girl who falls with the alleged 'hottest guy in school')and I've seen far too many times alternated and adapted for different plots.
I think another reason why I was drawn to this while watching was most probably the fact that it was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Director of 'Lords of Dogtown', a film which will be reviewed in the near future, and quite possibly in my top 10 of all time.
I did, however, feel that Stewart's acting wasn't as 'organic' as the film itself, and she seemed to struggle a slight bit at one particular scene, where she was lying in the hospital bed, I got a little confused when she was trying to emote her anger to Edward. Robert Pattinson seemed to be doing almost the same thing, and had a depressed teen thing happening, yet another cliché which wasn't at all required.
All in all, it was an interesting film to watch, yes, it had it's downers and it's clichés, but which film doesn't?
Good film, respectable acting, familiar plot lines with characters who screamed cliché, Twilight sort of lived up to the extensive build-up.