Part one of the 4th book in the Twilight series. So I am a little late with this review, but being a fan of the books I was disappointed in the last rendition so I waited for the video copy. I have to say the acting definitely improved with Jacobs’s actor Taylor Lautner topping the cake. He makes the mushy romantic parts realistic with the just right amount of gush and squeal. You really do want to be on Team Jacob after this movie. The chemistry between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is much improved – I guess a real-life relationship helped with that.
For the other book fans out there it did follow nicely: some amusing parts were cut out, like the beginning of the book where Bella is in her tank of a car getting gas, but all critical parts are accounted for. Alice, Jasper (Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone) and the rest of the Cullen family provide comic relief here and there. Props to the CG and make-up artist for Bella’s sick scenes; I honestly thought it was some of the most convincing work I have ever seen, and she plays it up nicely.
All this considered, there are areas that could have used improvement. When the wolf pack is talking in their transformed state the voice acting is poor and really ruins the mood of the scene. The imprinting process that Jacob goes through doesn’t communicate the powerful connecting he will have with the poorly-done CG baby. The music during the wedding seems out of place even if the scene itself is absolutely gorgeous. Last but not least of the negative high points, without giving away any spoilers, there should be a “Warning: Seizure” alert towards the end with Bella as the center.
It wasn’t a MUST see but it was a good vampire date movie (is that an oxymoron?) that leaves you wanting for the next. Overall, it is the best Twilight book-to-movie out of the current four and I am looking forward to the fifth and closure of the series.
Rating: 7 out of 10
P.S. For those of you out there thinking the Twilight series romanticizes vampires too much – just think about what kind of vampire you would want to be: One that bursts into flames at the first wink of sunlight or one that can live day-to-day inconspicuously with people and still have all the cool super powers?