Sunday, April 19, 2009

edward, take off your clothes

Not long ago I gave my daughters the Twilight movie for their birthday.

Moms frequently complain about the inconvenience of raising kids? Well, purchasing a Twilight DVD is one of those times when the sleepless nights pay off.

The girls loved the movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked director Catherine Hardwicke's adaptation. With a small budget and virtually all unknown actors, she pulled it off. I thought she captured some of the steaminess that is Edward's allure. Added bonus: the director, screenplay writer and book author are all women. Twilight has made box office history.

In a previous post I complained that Bella's character was, well, pathetic. I'm happy to report, however, she improved on the screen. Gone was the perpetual whine about how beautiful and perfect Edward was, the stumbling and clutziness, the passive female deferring to the strong, mysterious male, the girl so willing to take care of her dad.

Hardwicke stayed close to many other details in the book, though. I love the way she portrayed Victoria, James and Laurent. Although I was disappointed in Victoria's strawberry blonde hair. What happened to the "fiery red" described countless times by Meyers?

My main complaint is that Edward needed more of a vampirish wardrobe. Here are a few vampy suggestions to the wardrobe department for the sequels:

1. Nothing too Bella Lugosi-esque. Just something besides that tired wrinkled blue shirt and drab ill-fitting gray coat. I mean, what was that about?

2. Nixay this Members Only throwback:

Please. This would do nothing to tempt me to stick my neck out, even if immortality and all-night-sex comes with the package.

3. More black.

4. More upturned collar.

Yeah, like that.

5. Low slung jeans. Not this:

But this:

With the black belt and boots. A little black goes a long way in vampire fantasy.

As for Bella? Keep her as is. Earthy. Natural. Comfortable in cotton and denim. You know, the real woman look.

Was it just me? Or did Edward's wardrobe seriously interfere with anyone else's vision of hawtness?

For a more indepth review, check out what Roger Ebert has to say, here. I also found a hilarious "rejected screenplay" that hits the nail on the head, here.


Fragrant Liar said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, liking those black jeans with black belt and boots. Niiiiiiice.

I don't think I've ever been to your blog before, and I perused your recent posts. I likey. I'll be back!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I found the Kabuki makeup to be very distracting. Pale yes, heavily made-up no. That said, I liked the movie better than the book.

flutter said...

I agree. I thought he was ridiculously hot here:*9dX*Ol1poRRs4RTQKNTiUw5GIVZjXghREq-h8Dl3ChFt6efuvfUdCN1L4WImX3-zmroBj0ZNZ/biologyeddie.jpg

I mean, honestly? all grumpy looking in a fitted long sleeve? rrroowwwwrrr

Margo said...

I don't know. I like rakish good looks, but I didn't buy that vampires wore such extreme hair gel. I liked the way he looked better in some of the more recent interviews. I agree that the movie was much better than the book. I think Kristin Stewart was perfect in that part and made Bella less of a female version of a pantywaist.

Reinvent Dad said...

Honestly, I haven't read the book or seen the movie (movie is on the netflix queue), but it's so rare that someone actually says the movie is better than the book.

shrink on the couch said...

fragant -- welcome and glad you likey so far!

jenn -- yes, much too pale at times. other times, he looked rather normal.

flutter -- um, that's a big yes with the pale shade of black.

margo -- agreed, the hair was a bit over moussed for a vampire.

reinvent dad -- I agree, it's rare that I have that opinion. In this case, the female director straighted up some of the heroine's puny character flaws, made her more realistic and admirable.

Mels Place in Big Bear said...

If I hadn't wanted to read Twilight before now I do. Hilarious as usual.

dkuroiwa said...

So...the movie is just now making its way here....have had a lot of clips and interviews on tv promoting it....I'm wondering...should I get the books before I see the movie? Jenn liked the movie better...what about you? What do you suggest?

and from what i've seen....this seems to be taking vampires to a whole new level!! and i think i like it!! yum!!

The Girl Next Door said...

My daughter was so deeply disappointed by Edward in the movie that I have not seen it!

shrink on the couch said...

andrea -- you won't be sorry (at least, not unless you get hooked enough to read the sequels)

dk -- I liked Twilight, the first book, best. The rest are pretty much downhill. The last book has it's moments with a plot that keeps you guessing, but the two books in the middle? Meh. Really hard to get through. In a nutshell, no, you don't have to read the book to get the movie, but I was glad I had, as there is a lot of innuendo in the movie.

Girl Next Door -- Huh. Sorry your daughter was so disappointed. I liked the casting of Edward. I thought he was plenty sexy. And Bella was well cast, too.

Deb said...

Haven't seen it yet. Read it, loved it, and am looking forward to watching it.

He is damn hot.

imom said...

I'll have to pay attention to Edward's wardrobe next time I watch the movie. Obviously it wasn't distracting to me, hahaha!

I was with friends this weekend and the very thing you said about Bella was brought up. How we liked the movie Bella better than the book Bella.

KG said...

Edward is super hot. I feel like a dirty old woman saying that. Whatever, I think he's only a few years younger than I am, right? I'm 27?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Bella annoyed me and I hear that she is far whiner as the books go on.

[I'll take Buffy over Bella any day.]

But Edward? He's a keeper.

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?