Twilight Saga Review (2008 – 2012)

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Alrighty, I know this is Thursday and there should be a book review, but that will go up tomorrow. I have to complete this run of Twilight Thursdays properly. Might as well disrupt my OCD for one day 😛

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Recently I sat down to watch these with Natasha for a Shitfest 2015 entry after I had read those godawful books (which most of you have read all about over the last few weeks). At any rate, I was not watching them alone. In actual fact, I was not going to watch them ever, at all, but after some mild forceful coercion, the Kidney won out and I prepared to watch them. Prepared, because I faffed around for ages, prolonging the inevitable. But eventually it happened.

However, something was soured for me. Completely. They are by no stretch of the imagination good movies, but I have read the books (ugh), and in terms of that, it cannot be denied that they are actually pretty decent adaptions. How does that work? Crappy books get loyal adaptions and remain shitty movies, while good books get crappy adaptions and ruin stories? Gosh, the world we live in. I really should consider another career.

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Two big reasons that I actually made it through these movies:

  1. Jackson Rathbone is absolutely ridiculously fucking hot and yummy and he happens to portray the one character I simply adore;
  2. The fact that Natasha damn near bolted me to the couch. And found it highly amusing to watch me wallow in my unhappiness. My bestie is sadistic…

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Huh, what? Sorry, sorry, got a little sidetracked there. I am back. Okay wait, last one…

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However, after surviving these movies (and believe me, I had my doubts along the way that I would), I cannot help but have a soft spot reserved for them because I had ridiculous amounts of fun watching these with Natasha, ragging them blind, clinically assessing the type of adaption they were from the books, both of us having feminist freak out sessions because Bella is a useless lump and suicide is not the answer when your love moves along, but really, ripping it apart was a sheer blast. This does not make them good movies, I want that on the record. I don’t know if I can watch these again, or if I could ever view them on my own, but with the Kidney it was well worth it.

Ten points to Gryffindor. Bella evidently missed the lesson.

Alright, enough waffling (see, even now I am still procrastinating). I am going to talk about some things, but I will keep myself (mostly) in check.

The Good:

  • Casting choices. No, seriously. Most of the casting was done pretty well in here. Most of the time. The performances were also about as good as you could get on this level (a bit… uhm… wooden at the best of times, but they all tried). Michael Sheen was pretty entertaining, even when he ventured into territory that was a little dodgier than was required.
  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson actually managed to bring some passion to a really dead relationship (in the books – in there it was just poison, no passion), and they have to be given credit for it, even if they were a little wooden at times.
  • The Volturi’s outfits when they came for their showdown. Really good. You can’t blame me… you know how I get about the sweeping cape-like look… eeek. Plus there were all black and red and luscious and lovely.

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  • Jackson Rathbone. I would just like to take a minute (again) to wax lyrical here about how insanely gorgeous the man is. I mean, how hot is this guy?! He isn’t in many other things, which is a serious pity, and I have always enjoyed him. I guess I will take what I can get.

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  • Obviously I enjoyed the way the baseball scene was cobbled together, and not just to get an eyeful of Jasper… I swear… *super innocent whistle*
  • The wedding scene was really well done. I will have to give them credit for that.
  • Pattinson has the world’s most smug smile to demonstrate when Edward is getting his way, and I love it. I can’t help it, he starts smirking and then I do, too.

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The Bad:

  • Some things were changed from the book to add more drama. As if things weren’t melodramatic enough.
  • Some extremely questionable effects, which is unacceptable in the later movies (where they got so much worse) considering the budget increased. How is it that the smaller budget films managed to look that much better? It evades the limits of my understanding. While we are at it, how you could see which sets were backdrops and what not. Awkies.
  • I was actually really, really looking forward to all the betting between Jasper and Emmett. Absolutely no such luck for me there, and it was the one thing that actually provided significant entertainment in the books. They were relentless.
  • Bella was whiny in these films, but seeing as it wasn’t internal dialogue for us to wade through like the books (thank goodness), it was more bearable, but I still wanted to shake her and slap her. She does not need Edward to breathe, there is no need to kill yourself if you cannot be together. The things this story taught young girls. Ugh. The feminist in me is revolting again just thinking about it.

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  • The wolves communicating with each other telepathically (which would have been bearable if done correctly). I actually cringed. Like holy crapsticks….
  • That baby that they made up as Renesmee? Good gracious, that thing was just creepy. WTF was angelic about that?! #confused

The What-The-Fuck:

  • The love story between Bella and Edward. Goodness, true to the books it just came out of nowhere and became an obsession. I just… I don’t… what… it’s… so dangerous and creepy and scary and dodgy and poisonous and… eeeeek.

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Somebody checked off that list here with examples.

  • Always the descriptions about how dreary and overcast it is in Forks (in the books). Which is fine. Twilight and New Moon both stuck to that concept for the movies, but the last three? Vampires everywhere in the sun with no freaking sparkles. And not because I am into the sparkles, this is purely based on consistency and continuity…. because who cares? Chuck it right out of the window.

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  • Natasha’s biggest gripe (and I am wholeheartedly behind her on this): all these books and movies teach you is that you can only be a real woman after you have gotten married and popped out some kids. Nice, really, very classy. I cannot be complete without a man, a ring, a rugrat. Men are what women need to be whole, apparently. Our very core and essence. Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff. What the fuck? Are you kidding me?!

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Stephen King was so totally right about this. He also went on to say what he wanted about Meyer and her godawful books here, and actually had a girl criticize Stephen King for knowing nothing about real books. OMG?! REALLY?! Yes. Quote? “Steven [sic] King doesn’t know what a real book was if it hit him in the face. He’s just a bloody guy who is jealous of Edward’s good looks.” – I don’t even know if I want to comment on that.

  • The fact that this is some huge phenomenon actually hurts my head. How did this happen? How?! It’s twisted and creepy and toxic!
  • How a love story could become so massive when it is flat, bland, unsexy, completely devoid of passion, but rates highly in the dangerous and toxic department. Is this what girls want nowadays? Stalker husbands, controlling boyfriends? I am so confused. Or I am too independent. I don’t know.
  • Naming your child Renesmee. Seriously, what the fuck was up with that?!
  • That even in the movies, Meyer’s supporting characters are still the ones you want to know more about. That is just something that boggles my mind, that she writes the most useless mains, but her supports are really good. I don’t understand.

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  • How they took one of the things that was actually excellent in the books (the history of the Quileutes, their legends and why they are as they are) and managing to bone it completely. That wasn’t even the right history, or the same, or told as gracefully. Meh. What the hell was the meaning of this?! It’s embarrassing to say the least, ruining the one thing that worked. Offensive.
  • I will never understand how it was socially acceptable for Jacob to be head over heels in love with Bella and making out with her and lusting after her and hating Edward to death, but then imprinting on their daughter (like OMG) and she becomes his life… because that isn’t a little sick and incestuous at all… no ick involved!

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Then there was this article, one of the millions of articles you would find on the matter of how the cast hated the movies I know, but still. Also, this one had me giggling quite a bit, it really captures how silly things were at the best of times in the first book, Twilight. The AU-DA-CI-TY, I tell you!

So, overall, I have definitely watched infinitely worse movies in my life. I have, sadly. I am sure you have, too. I wanted to hate and despise these more than I did. They still sucked. They are Shitfest worthy. But maybe because I had way too much fun on the viewing experience, it lifted them all up for me a little. But I can recommend them if you are looking for a movie to watch with your bestie and trash beyond any and all logical reason.

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29 thoughts on “Twilight Saga Review (2008 – 2012)

  1. Natasha says:

    Bestie!!

    Hahahaha I love this post so much! You were so entertaining when we watched this. I should actually have taped the things you said! #brilliance
    Very much agreed on all aspects here. I enjoyed these books when I read them the first time, but the what the fuck moments and stabs at feminism are so great when you read them as an older person.

    I think the casting was really well done, too. Especially Edward. You know I love it when he smiles!

    LOL how bad were the effects for the wolves?!?!

    EPIC post!

    Kidney

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    • Zoë says:

      Kidney,

      LOL! I am so glad to hear that! Hahahahaha, I hated these things but enjoyed watching them with you! 🙂 Yes, Genius Bkushi was Unimpressed.

      Ugh. Ugh. I actually just want to choke when I think about how degrading it all is.

      I totally forgot to make a gif of the super smirk, and I cannot find it online :/

      Jeesh that was super embarrassing…

      Bkushi

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  2. theipc says:

    My Dearest Beloved JB,

    At first I was going to come out here and question your sanity for not putting this together for Shitfest but then I read this.

    YES!! YOU GET ME!!!! (I + I)

    Shit movies can be fun if you have a good experience. Like when we watched the 4th movie of something together. It was actually a bad movie but I had such a good time that I remember the movie as fun. I talk about this sort of thing in a movie called Camp Massacre that will come out after Shitfest. It’s a shit movie but you could have a good time with it if you watched it with the right person or people.

    Great post!

    Love,

    PSC

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  3. V says:

    I love this review so much that I can’t breathe without it. I must obsess over it and marry it and then pop out its brat in order to be complete.

    Also, digging the Rathbone pics. Yum. 😀

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  4. table9mutant says:

    Hahaha! You watched all these!?!? You poor thing. I’d NEVER make you watch these. ; ) Hey, though – that guy is kind of cute. I can’t say I noticed him when I insanely watched all but the last one of these….. : )

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  5. caragale says:

    Looooolllll. Oh my God, Zoe, this is perfection. I just laughed so much. I agree with every last bit of this. I think my favorite is the pic with Edward and Ron. I am still chuckling about that. I have one very important question for you: Have you ever seen the Twilight Bad Lip Reading? Because it’s literally the best.

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you, thank you! I live to serve and all that, you know 😛 Man, that pic of Edward and Ron still has me giggling every time I think about it hahahaha.

      I have! Cake and fish and all sorts of messed up xD

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  6. elina says:

    I saw you had posted this on Bloglovin and grinned immediately–I knew very good things were coming. And damn, yes, this was awesome! Hilarious and I’m astonished at how much honest and true criticism you could muster up–considering this series really doesn’t deserve it. You’ve been very brave to read and watch all these. I’ve read the first book and then some (I think) but I did go and see all films, and oh, they were terrible indeed.

    I agree on the supporting characters, too, they were more interesting than the mains (it doesn’t take much to be more interesting than Bella and Edward, but still.) And I loved shirtless Jacob, and I’m exactly that vain that I looked forward to that in each film; so I totally get you about Rathbone.

    The best thing that was in these films was the part when everyone died–neither me nor the girl I saw this with had read the last book, so it was absolutely hilarious for the ten minutes. I was really shocked and proud of Meyer–good job, she understood her characters didn’t deserve life by the end. I’m still sad it was only a dream lol.

    Great post!!! All those memes made me laugh.

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    • Zoë says:

      Elina! I am so glad you saw this! I truly tried my best to be as objective as possible hahaha.

      Well, then at least we got our perve moments, so whoop for that! Shallow or not, when there is somethig yummy to look at, you can see that as a positive things throughout all the negative.

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh my goodness, I can only imagine your faces and the disappointment you suffered when it was all just in a vision! I would have been furious had I not known. xD

      😀 Thank you, and I am so happy to hear you had a laugh!

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  7. ruth says:

    This is one of those flicks which its reviews are far more entertaining than the movie! I have only seen two of this franchise, the first and I can’t remember which other one but really it’s offensively bad!! I really watched it just for the laughs and there are plenty of WTFs moments here. For the life of me I can’t figure out what is so attractive about the two leads, which makes it even more hilarious!

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    • Zoë says:

      LOL! Obviously we see eye to eye on this Ruth! There is no point watching these unless you have a really good friend to rag them blind with! I just can’t understand the phenomenon!

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