How can the main characters also be the most boring
characters in the movie? Well, if you're Bella (and Edward), you
During Spring Break of last year, my wife got out some Twilight
movies she'd borrowed. She explained they were really popular, and maybe we
could watch them. My wife knows that I have little patience for movies.
However, I decided to bite. I forget what one she put in, but of course
it was the first one, where Bella and Edward meet.
First, you meet Bella - which takes awhile. Bella makes a
move I wasn't expecting with that introduction. She leaves so many questions
open - like why she left her mother to go live with her father. More
specifically: why she left some sunny, southern place (I think maybe
Florida, but I don't remember) to live in a dreary small town in the North
West (just south of here).
I guess I was confused about that, so I kept watching. Of course, that
question wasn't answered, but then she meets Edward. So many questions - but
then we discover he's a vampire. Of course, that makes her like him even more.
When Edward takes Bella home to meet his family, the movie just catches
fire. The blonde, hot tempered girl grabs your attention, but the real show
stopper is Alice (what a cutie she is!) Of course, Jasper is also fascinating.
I don't remember the whole movie, but I did watch it - and the next one as well.
In the end I settled on two favourites: Alice and Aro. There's never a dull moment
when Aro's around. He's always charming and polite - especially when you're about
to be "interviewed."
Now, I want make a point about having the central characters as the least interesting ones
in the movie. That premise is a mode used occasionally - and to good effect.
It worked in Twilight.
There is something hauntingly appealing about the Twilight movies. I think
it's the concept of everlasting youth. Amidst that dreary, other-worldly setting,
you come to believe in new possibilities.