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23 March 2009 @ 09:17 am
Where's the sparkle?  
So, I saw Twilight this weekend. I know, I know - hey, it was free! A friend bought and we watched it together. I have to say...I think the movie was actually better than the book! Not so freaking slow. Bella still has no personality, but hey. You can only do so much with the material you have, right? Non-spoilery thoughts:

~ Ease up on the make up. Yes, I know vampires should be necessarily pale, but we are going under the assumption here that THESE vampires actually go out during the day....a lot. Pasty = very not hot. Everytime Edward was on screen, I found myself thinking ew. I should not think that about the male romantic lead. About halfway through, they seemed to ease up a little on the uber-paleness, so that was somewhat better.

Also, do you all remember growing up and watching Magnum PI with your mother? And how Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, and so on were like our Mom's generation of uber-hot men? And how our generation was not so enamored with hairy chests and mustaches? We are of the clean shaven, or five o'clock shadow, ruggedly chiseled features generation. No hairy chests, or minimally hairy, anyway. Brad Pitt. Hugh Jackman. Viggo Mortenson (as Aragorn, specifically). Well, this new generation must like feminine boys. Either that, or the industry is starting to cater to gay men. Because I've noticed it in fashion magazines, and God forbid, the yearly Chippendales calendar - they are actually airbrushing men to have softer faces! More feminine faces - how is this attractive, exactly??? The Chippendales calendar was the worst offender - on the cover, everyone looked very manly and hot. On the inside, it took me looking at all twelve months with disappointment before I realized the masculinity of the faces had actually been deliberately toned down! Softened! Ugh!!

And in Twilight, every guy except the bad guys had this softer look. I realize we're talking a movie where all the characters are teenagers, here, but the Covenant did not have this problem. I tell you, if this is what the new generation of young girls finds attractive, I am indeed getting old. but if this is the industry starting to lean toward gay men - hey! I'm all for equality, but don't forget about us straight gals!

~ Alice rocked! - but then, I liked her in the book(s), too.

~ Vampire baseball = awesomesauce! It's almost worth owning the movie, just for that.

~ And finally, the sparkly. Okay, this is obviously one of the most cracktastic things about the books, but it's also made a pretty big deal of. When the scene came up in the movie, I was all (to my friend who had not read the book) "Okay, here is where he will sparkle." And then it happened, and the following conversation took place:

Her: "....um. Is he sparkling yet?"

Me: "...I think so."

Her: "Where? Oh, wait. I think I see a couple of sparkles--"

Me: "Yeah! There! He is sparkling. Kind of. Wow. In the book, he's supposed to glitter like a diamond in the sun, all blinding and brilliant."

Her: "Wow. That's not brilliant. Or blinding."

Me: "No. Man, if I were a fan, I'd be pissed. I'm not a fan, and I'm baffled. That's it?? All the CGI we have available, and they, what, photoshopped the brightness/contrast to create a half-assed effect?"

Her: "Maybe the director thought a sparkling vampire was as stupid as we do."

Me: lol!



But seriously, you should watch it for the vampire baseball. Plus, as much as it hurts to admit it, as vampire movies go, it's not half bad. And the acting isn't as terrible as I thought it would be.
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Nuquiet_rebel on March 23rd, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Haha. Ditto on the pretty boys. It can be pretty intimidating when the guy is prettier than you. I still love the manly Alpha male types ;)
The Teasemaster: twilight - hackysack appletinylegacies on March 23rd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I was highly disappointed by the sparkling too.

But I did enjoy the movie vastly better than the book because of the sheer lack of Bella whining we were subjected to.

AND ZOMG THE DELETED ESME/CARLISLE SCENE
Mandy: Twilight Robleelu92 on March 23rd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
The more I watch the movie the more Edward grows on me. (Especially the restaurant scene) Re:makeup- there are some scenes where I swear he has on light pink lipstick...I hope that they can fine tune the makeup in New Moon.
BookBella definitely bothers me- I'm still trying to figure out if I like movieBella.
Alice and Vampire Baseball are awesome. :)
Dragonsinger: Alice/Jasper team - Secret Santadragonsinger on March 23rd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I actually kind of enjoyed the movie myself. Yeah, I was a little letdown by the sparkling, but the rest was pretty good.
L.A.frenchroast on March 23rd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I know I'm not that much younger than you(and am in complete agreement about the respective hotness of Hugh Jackman, Aragon-Viggo, and Brad Pitt), but I definitely remember enjoying the pretty that was most of the good guys (though James the baddie was super hot, too). Jasper and Carlisle especially. Then again, I have been known to fall for guys who turn out to be gay. So...*shrug*

With you on the make-up, and the lack of BLINDING BRILLIANCE that was the "sparkling"--I think your friend may be right. And vampire baseball cracks me up so, so much.
patron saint of neglected female characters: twilight--sex now?rose_griffes on March 23rd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Vampire baseball was awesome!

What bothered me more than the pasty skin was the amount of lipstick--the contrast of the skin color to lip color was very startling.
robinbaileyrobinbailey on March 23rd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the books, and thought the movie pretty much sucked. Was glad I only caught it at the dollar theater. But it particularly sucked in comparison to the cool greatness that is TRUE BLOOD.

The prettiness is, to some extent, the result of a kind of camera that's been in use in the film and television industry for probably ten years now. It's a "soft-focus" camera that removes lines and facial flaws during the actual shooting.
rhienellethrhienelleth on March 23rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
I came into the movie with such low expectations, it was almost impossible it wouldn't exceed them in some small way. If you hated it, don't ever be tempted to pick up the book, which is so much worse. It has the distinction of being one of the few I have actually given up on - well, book 2 does. I actually threw it down in complete disgust, and will rant to almost anyone about why I loathe it so very much.

You are no doubt right about the camera - I wish they would stop this trend of 'softening' the look of men's faces, however. But then, I also wish young men would stop thinking that girl's pants are in any way flattering on them. *shudders* I never thought I would be one of those adults to say "these young people today..." Oh, how the mighty have fallen.