I was introduced to the wonder of midnight movie premiers last year with the release of Twilight. The books have a loyal following and I was amazed at the energy of the crowd and the honest open responses to the action on screen. I am now addicted to that rush! So, of course, last night I attended the midnight premier of New Moon, with a bonus showing of Twilight directly before! So I give you, a summary of my observations:
Twilight the movie
Love the soundtrack
Low budget, almost B movie, leaning heavily on a strong fan base for the book
Choppy screen play, Rough dialogue, Lots of holes that I'm not sure the viewer would be able to fill if they didn't read the book.
As a Fangirl, it made me strangely happy. I knew the story and loved the characters before they ever hit the screen and I think I might have been a little miffed if the movie was soooo good that hanger-on-ers occurred that had not vested the reading time I had. *eye roll*
Special effects that made me cringe:
• White Faces & red lips (Carlisle is by far the worst)
Dialogue that did not ring true, all via Edward:
• "Hold on tight spider monkey" (My husbands favorite quote)
• "What would it be like drinking your blood, for instance?"
• "Hello" Edward's first word, crinnnnnnnge!
Scenes equal to rough cut lumber:
• Meadow with Bella & Edward (obviously fake flowers)
• Baseball Cullens in fighting stances (what is with the hissing?!) BEWARE more hissing and straining in the ballet fight scene
Scenes of awesomeness:
• Baseball scene: Soundtrack & Action=Awesome
• Ballet fight scene: Ouch
• Rescue with the Volvo: Hotness! (Note: Volvo is actively advertising for New Moon, smart - oh so smart.)
New Moon the movie
Special effects improved
• Cullens are a more natural pale BUT the Voluturi still look like they sneezed in flour.
• Sparkling is the same but a precedent was set in the first movie.
• Werewolves are so so in face shots but freakin' awesome in action.
• Eye color contacts much brighter - color over all more saturated
Screen play is much smoother & I didn't notice any glaringly out of place dialogue
Scenes of awesomeness
• Werewolves fighting
• Edward vs the Voluturi
• Bare toned chests, oh yes yes yes...
Both movies stay amazingly true to the books' story line. Someone understands that the movies survive because of the books' loyal followers, not in spite of them. This series will easily become a cult classic.