I fell under the spell of “Twilight.” I was a little surprised at my positive reaction initially because of what the books and films are about. On the surface they’re about vampires and werewolves. As someone who lives with a phobia of dogs, it still gives my family a chuckle that I can sit through these films. I don’t even buy greeting cards with dogs on them.
The series that has taken the world by storm and is said to have changed the Hollywood landscape recently came to a close. Based on author Stephenie Meyer’s novels, the films chronicle a love story between a human, Bella Swan, and vampire Edward Cullen. I might not like dogs, but I love a good love story – even it is between a woman and a vampire. I’m just girlie that way.
During the Thanksgiving break, my fiance and I went to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” the final installment of the series. We have seen them all now and both felt like there could be more to the story. We left the theater wanting more.
Typically after reading a good book, it’s natural to want to see it become a movie. I haven’t read any of the Twilight books but think it’s necessary now to get the full grasp of the Twilight story – a story I think can move anyone once you get past the whole vampire thing.
I’m not going into detail about what goes down in the finale. There’s nothing worse than someone spoiling a film for the next viewer. I will say the film opens well and the final scenes of the film are some of the best parts of the viewing experience. What I liked the most was the makers of the film introduced us to all of the characters with the credits at the film’s conclusion. This was a nice flashback into where fans started and the journey along the way. For those who have seen the movies, there is undoubtedly some agreement it’s been an entertaining ride. For those who have not seen it, give it a try.
During the Thanksgiving weekend, the film made $43.1 million at the box office, according to media reports. The film opened Nov. 16 and still packs this type of power. That makes a statement in my book. The film, which wraps up the five-movie franchise, was the number-one movie for the second straight weekend and has garnered a solid $227 million in 10 days, according to a “USA Today” article. That’s crazy for one film. The fans have spoken.
As happens with most films, everyone who goes to see this movie will have their own perspectives. After seeing the final chapter, I want to go back to the beginning to see where it all began through the written word since I’ve seen it through film. Books tend to offer more depth, and after seeing the movies, I am even more intrigued and eager to read the books. Now, all I have to do is go back and track the movie titles and find the corresponding books. The search should be fun. Wish me luck.