Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
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|Director||Catherine Hardwicke—“Lords of Dogtown,” “Thirteen,” “The Nativity Story,” “Vanilla Sky” (Production Designer)|
|Producer||Imprint Entertainment, Maverick Films, See all »|
|Distributor||Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films|
Don’t hate me when I admit that I am not really a fan of the Twilight book series by Stephenie Meyer. I did read the first book because several of my middle-school students were carrying around the book and giggling at the thought of Edward Cullen. Needless to say, I went into the theatre with low hopes of being entertained. Not only is this film highly entertaining and faithful to the book, it is also one of the cleaner teen movies to come out.
Bella Swan is moving from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington. Since her mother remarried a minor league baseball player, she moves in with her single father to allow the newlyweds to travel. Once Bella moves to the small town, she is at once the center of attention. However, who really catches her eye is the pale, handsome Edward Cullen.
After saving Bella from a potentially fatal accident, Edward becomes even more intriguing to Bella. Attracted to the scent of her blood, Edward tries to distance himself from the beautiful Bella but to no avail. They soon learn to accept their forbidden attraction and fall in love. Bella also finds out that Edward and his family are immortal vampires. Unlike others of their kind, the Cullen only feed on animals and not humans.
All is jeopardized when a group of evil nomadic vampires begin to kill human victims in the Forks area. Once James, one of the evil vampires, catches a scent of Bella, he becomes obsessed in hunting her down and killing her. Edward and his family do their best to hide Bella from the vampire before it’s too late.
The cast is well chosen; Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson carry their scenes well, and their chemistry is convincing. The two-hour film moves at a steady pace, and humor is appropriately placed. Just enough background information is offered to keep people who’ve never read the book from feeling lost. While not too much is provided to help the devoted fans from feeling bored.
The offensive content in the film is surprisingly and refreshingly mild. There is some profanity (see below) and crude comments. If viewers are offended by the thought of seeing vampires in a film, then do not see it. The main offense could have easily come from sexual references, but the film keeps it moderate. Edward and Bella share a sensual kiss in her bedroom. When their kiss begins to intensify, Edward pulls away. After this, the audience can briefly see that Bella is in a shirt and panties. The second kiss is brief near the end of the film.
When going prom dress shopping, the girls try on some cleavage-revealing dresses. When Jessica says that the current dress makes her “boobs look good,” some guys immediately holler at her through the shop’s window, making her uncomfortable. Girls should understand that we should dress modestly as daughters of God.
When explaining his ability to read minds, Edward tells Bella what some people are thinking about in the restaurant. The main topics are “greed” and “sex.” The sinful nature of the world often has the topics of sex and greed in the forefront.
The violence is the film is moderately heavy. While the Cullens are “good” vampires, the nomadic vampires do hunt humans. These murders or any blood are never shown on screen, except a brief chase scene. When Bella gets tricked into going into her old ballet studio, James does break her leg and throws her around a couple of times. All this causes Bella to scream in agony. While she is losing consciousness, you can see the Cullens, quickly twisting James’ head off. There is no blood, and the image is blurred out.
After viewing the movie, parents should speak about the positives and negatives of Edward and Bella’s relationship in comparison to God-approved dating with their kids. Edward is very sweet to Bella, and their physical relationship does not pass a few kisses. Impressively, Edward even stops their kiss when he feels that he is “losing control.”
Bella and Edward are obviously tempted with each other. However, they spend a lot of time alone, from Bella’s bedroom to being in the middle of the forest. Explain how being absolutely alone leaves too many tempting doors wide open. Most importantly, any Christians who date should study God’s Word and pray about their relationship. This will help build spiritual armor against any temptation. In Ephesians 6:10-11, it reads:
For this film, the PG-13 rating is fitting. I do not believe children under this age should be allowed to see the movie.
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