Not scary enough

You know I liked the Twilight series, so it should come as no surprise to learn I went to the movie.

In fact I went with three other mums in Dippity’s class – with the four girls who sat a few rows in front of us.  Sit with their mothers?  You’ve got to be joking.

The movie follows the plot of the first book pretty closely.  The scenery is breathtaking.  The character of Bella looked exactly like I imagined.

But as you’ll have guess from the title of this post, I felt it lacked a little in the scary department.

Edward goes on and on about being a monster and dangerous to know but he just looks like a cute teenager, and the bits in the book where you “see” the monster just look a bit silly in the movie.

I guess I was expecting it to be a bit more Van Helsing.  A bit more scary teeth and hissing.

Especially in the vampire v vampire scenes.

With the scary scenes looking a bit silly it lost a bit of gravatas for me.

Still that said – sans menace – I enjoyed the film and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do in book 2.

Maybe this time find some money for some CGI.  🙂

7 Replies to “Not scary enough”

  1. My daughter is feverishly working her way through the first book – given a chance, she would do nothing but read it. I think she’ll be wanting to see the film as soon as we’re home.

    I saw on the news today that there is to be a different director for the second film?

  2. The books are aimed at the younger teenage set so too much scare in the movie might put them (or their parents) off seeing any further productions equalling lost revenue for the industry. If you can put yourself in the mindset of a twelve year old, or just ask one, you’d probably find it was just right to keep them coming back.

    CGI? Please explain?

  3. CGI – computer graphic interface – where they use computer graphics to create the effects… like when Sirius turns into the werewolf in Harry Potter 3.

    I think the kids going to Twilight are the same ones who love Harry Potter and those films are way more scary.

    My 11 year old felt it was a bit tame too. The thing is that the books are quite scary in places so you’re expecting it.

  4. it was for a much younger audience. the dialogue was cheesey, the cgi cheap and the story arch non existent. Paradoxically it was very bdsm.
    thank goodness for the hot guy who played edward cullen.

  5. I haven’t read the books, so can’t really form an opinion, but if your 11 year old thought it was tame, then perhaps the producers and directors didn’t research their target audience well enough.

  6. I really enjoyed the book and am about to start the second one but the movie was in my mind really weak.

    I think it is probably good that they’ve replaced the director for the second one because I think the faults of the film do fall squarely on her shoulders.

    The cast and locations are pretty much spot on but I think that the story was cut down too much and odd decisions made.

    Whilst I also agree the scenery was fantastic I did think that the camera seemed to linger on tree shots for what seemed like forever and everytime an important moment was happening we’d cut to look at more trees.

    It was just odd 🙂

    But am now looking forward to reading and watching the second part!

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