The phenomenon that is Twilight took flight in 2005 after Stephenie Meyer’s first novel hit the shelves, launching a fantasy frenzy that no one predicted. Meyer’s creations entered the book and film empire, attracting not only eager teenagers but also their equally determined parents, who packed cinemas – much to the amusement of news channels. Stars such as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner owe a lot to these films for their distinctive roles.
Although the saga was a box office bonanza, it did not escape the harsh glare of critics or the derision of culture tastemakers. A simple story about a teenage girl’s relationship with a vampire in the Pacific Northwest became a joke. For every ‘Twilight’ devotee, scores of snarky internet denizens have armed themselves with the famous quip “an even better love story than Twilight”. The film was also a punching bag for film enthusiasts, who were fond of picking apart every detail in jest.
Here’s a fresh look at the ‘Twilight’ movies, classified as your (re)thinking. Be warned, spoilers lie ahead.
5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rubbish aside, ‘Eclipse’ is about the central story – Victoria’s vendetta that leads her to create a bloody newborn army. Despite this seemingly epic premise, the film sits as the smoothest visual experience in the series. A vampiric rival takes a backseat to Bella, Edward and Jacob’s overstretched love triangle. While Jacob’s snarky song “I’m hotter than you” may live on in meme infamy, the film’s focus on its weakest romantic threads makes for a largely underwhelming chapter.
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Often maligned and placed at the bottom of the pack, ‘New Moon’ edges out ‘Eclipse’ with its gutsy narrative choices. Edward’s absence drives Bella into a spiral of despair and daredevilry, and gives Jacob’s character a rich canvas to develop against the backdrop of the werewolf lore. The film dares to go deeper into the supernatural, introducing the werewolves and their complex society. Despite the ill-intentioned representation of the Quileute tribe, ‘New Moon’ acknowledges the often overlooked indigenous stories of Pacific Northwest lore. A highlight is the creative portrayal of Bella’s grief over Lykke Li’s strange “Possibility”, which elevates the film’s artistic value.
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Taking a page from ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ begins a two-part finale, elevating the saga beyond high school drama into the stakes of life, death, and the consequences of human-vampire marriage. Between the scenic wedding and the fatal birth, the film explores the profound complexities of Bella and Edward’s relationship. The palpable chemistry between Stewart and Pattinson shines through, presenting a compelling portrayal of their connection amid supernatural chaos.
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
If shows are the measure, ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ wins. With Bella’s vampire transformation and the introduction of their strange child, Renesmee, the film pits the audience against the Volturi. A visual treat, it concludes the saga with a spectacular show, world expansion, and a twist on cinematic blockbusters. The film also manages to navigate the murky waters of Bella and Jacob’s contentious relationship resolution.
The original film stands apart with its indie vibe and visible freshness. Awkward camerawork, a pervasive blue hue, and a fairly green cast add to its charm. The sparing use of detail and careful world-building is what makes ‘Twilight.’ It immerses the audience in the misty enigma of small town life, leaving us yearning for more. Culture classic scenes – from the iconic catch of apples to the unforgettable vampire basketball game – cemented his place in the cultural hall of fame. It’s a real gem of cinema for young people, not only is the original ‘Twilight’ good; it’s a genre-defining classic.
Do you agree with our ratings, or is there a different order to your “Twilight” experience? Share your thoughts, and let the debate begin!
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