One thing I really wanted to translate from the book to the movie was the gut wrenching pain in the break-up scene in the woods. I was expecting to cry my eyes out, like I did when reading this part of the book… and my eyes didn’t even well up. The emotion just wasn’t quite there, which was a let-down but after getting past that and more into the film, I began to get into it and see Bella’s painful depression and heartbreak. Jacob was the biggest highlight in this film, which could be heard from screams and squeals in the theater as he took off his shirt. Not only did he have the body for the film, but also stepped up to the challenge and did an amazing job showing more range of emotion and really being Bella’s sun. There were little bits of comedy thrown in which kept the film more light. Jessica was hysterical, her timing was perfect and she talked at the speed of light. There were some perfect awkward moments, when you’re just waiting for something to happen and then the moment is interrupted. Loved it! Pattinson did a much better, less angry portrayal of Edward and seemed to really convey the right emotions, even during the break-up scene. I was expecting to see more sexual tension between Edward and Bella which turned out to be pretty weak. This was definitely one place Catherine Hardwicke did a better job.
Overall, the movie stayed pretty true to the book, considering everything had to be squeezed into a two-hour film. It left out most of the subplots which was a little disappointing. I was hoping for a lot more Alice since she’s one of my favorite characters. It was really fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I actually found myself squealing like a teenager in a few parts and my heart racing as Bella ran to rescue Edward. This movie was perfect for its target audience and may have even sucked in a few sci-fi/fantasy and action movie lovers.