Sometimes I get to movies a little after the buzz about them has subsided. Twilight is one such film. I decided to give it a watch, all four of them actually, to see what they had to offer. I’ll be posting each of my reviews in turn and move on to a few other classic vampire movies, all before Halloween.
I’ve been fascinated with the “Dracula” story for ages. I probably first read the story in high school. It was the time of Dark Shadows, that eerie soap opera airing in the late afternoons. I would rush home from high school and turn on the TV to watch Barnabas Collins, not the sexiest vampire (I liked Quentin the werewolf better), but the story fascinated me nonetheless. (Recently I saw Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows and I would recommend it if you too were a Dark Shadows fan. Tim Burton does not disappoint, nor does Johnny who makes an intriguing vampire. It was cleverly set in 1972 New England, just after the time the popular soap opera ended its successful run.)
I enjoy all of the various forms of art the vampire tale has spawned. Gracing my wall in my home is a poster of Dracula, Ballet with a Bite, as staged by the Eugene Ballet, a performance I remember fondly: the flowing robes of Dracula as he danced his way across the stage, his red mouth and white face, the crazed ballerinas who were his vampire slaves in their flimsy gowns. It was a Halloween ballet to be remembered. Last year in fact, I dressed as a vampire bride for the office annual Halloween party, a costume I had wanted to invent for some time.
Twilight is a very different type of vampire story. I had heard that it is a romance tale for teens, but I also know that several grown women at work were all gaga over the films as well. Rated PG-13, I figured it wouldn’t have much sex in it, but that the rating must be for blood-sucking violence.
The story takes place in the Pacific Northwest, present day. The vampires we meet, as you have probably heard, are attempting to control their insatiable need for human blood.
I found it intriguing and was fascinated by the story, the cinematography, and the idea that vampires are either evil or, much like human beings, attempting to control base instincts or instead allowing them free reign.
The author, Stephenie Meyer, cleverly weaves Native American legend into this story, a brilliant stroke of genius that only adds to the mystique of the whole story. I felt that the interactions between Bella and Edward were beautifully acted. It epitomized the young love that teens have for one another when their sexuality has blossomed before their intellect can fully understand the nature of the longings they suddenly have for their beloved.
I’ll be watching The Twilight Saga: New Moon next. Stay tuned.