I don’t generally like a story where one character pines obsessively over another (which is why I don’t like most John Cusack movies), so when two characters start pining obsessively, I’m bound to be in for a rough ride. I simply don’t understand Bella (Kristen Stewart) or Edward (Robert Pattinson), and I definitely don’t give a crap about their relationship. I’m sure the book does a far-better job probing their inner-feelings and motivations, but the movie doesn’t probe any deeper than Edward would dare bite. I mean, seriously — what is there to fall in love with here? All he does is brood, and all she does sulk. They’re both really sad people, and together they’re even more sad. Why tween girls find this cause for celebration is destined to remain one of the great mysteries of our time.
The story offers nothing new to the ‘forbidden love’ formula. For a better vampire twist on the trope, try Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series) — it was done much better there. Twilight also lacks forward motion. Sure, Bella and Edward are falling in love, but how about a plot? It doesn’t emerge until the final act and ends up being your basic kidnap & rescue bit. In fact, everything about this movie is pretty basic and run-of-the-mill. It’s a wholly unremarkable flick.
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)