For those of you out there who are going to get angry or offended if you read anything about this movie before you see it for yourself consider yourself warned and STOP READING NOW! I take no responsibility for "ruining" your experience if you choose to ignore my warning.
That being said, I liked the movie more than I thought I would. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it was better than I think lots of people are giving it credit for. It was extremely cheesy, the effects weren't very good, and overall Meyer's writing doesn't translate very well into film, but somehow I still came out of the theatre glad that I went. I had a really good time. Most of that was probably due to the GREAT company I had! (Thanks Amy for getting me out of the office for a fun night! I always have fun with you even when we're arguing about freeway exits like an old married couple!) I was surprised at how I actually ended up liking the characters better than I'd thought I would. In the previews I really, really didn't like who they had chosen for Bella or Edward, but they were not completely bad. I thought that the most distracting part of it all was the way the special effects were done. None of it was particularly believable. The fast running, the tree climbing, the jumping. It all looked so fake to me! It actually really bothered me. Also, while I thought better of the actors playing Bella and Edward by the end of the film, I liked Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie less. :( It all seemed like it was rushed through too. Of course it had to be because Meyer actually writes a lot and it's mostly the characters thoughts or big monologues that wouldn't really work for a film. The feel of the movie seemed right though. It's not meant to be something that you want to go to for learning purposes, but for entertainment purposes. Also, It had some of the most wonderful, snarky (Yes, it's a real word. Look it up.) one liners that just made me laugh! I seriously enjoyed some of the lines so very much. The writing wasn't very good for the most part, but it made me quite happy at times, so that helped even it out. Overall, I really enjoyed it quite a lot! It was really great times for all involved I think! For those of you interested in some extra entertainment, here is a film critique/FUNNY rewrite of the screenplay, here is a link you should go to. Anyway, here you have my humble opinion of the film. Enjoy!