I went with a couple of friends to see Twilight opening night(it was like being at a boy band concert surrounded by hundreds of screaming teen girls) just waiting in line to be seated. I just hope they actually read the books as well.
As for my review of the movie... all I can say is wow. I liked a total of three things in the whole movie. Please keep in mind that with the exception of the 4th book, I loved them all. First the Movie starts out disjointed, scenes were out of place as were conversations and maybe Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson should have actually read the books before playing the characters.
In the beginning of the the book it progresses a bit like this:(SPOILERS!!)
Hi I'm Bella. I hate the cold I hate the cold....
Hi I'm Edward, I hate myself for wanting to kill you and suck your blood, but I want you more than anything I have ever encountered before. I don't know if I can trust you with what you know about me.
Bella: Whats wrong with you? Why do you hate me?... Why are you always here. You can trust me...I am confused...
Edward: I want you, but shouldn't be with you for your safety. I can't help myself, I am drawn to you.
Bella: I am confused... I think I know what you are... I like how your attention makes me feel. I am hesitant about everything....except you...
Edward: I want to suck your blood. You are more alluring to me than any other person in the universe.
Bella: I don't care what you are, I love you...
Edward: I want you... in all ways... (except sexually because I would crush your head)
Bella: Let's be together... tell me everything about you and your family.
Edward: I am no good for you, I love you but the only thing that will prove that is if I can let you go.
Bella: I love you, I want to be with you forever, I don't want to grow old. Make me a vampire so we can be together forever.
Edward: I can't turn you into a monster. I will stay with you and love you for now because I am weak, but eventually I will have to leave you. Hey it's prom - let's go.
Bella: I can't walk straight without bodily injury and you want me to dance? Are you crazy? I love you so of course I will go with you and dance on your toes.
Ok so I had to re-write that a few times, it kept coming out with a sarcastic tone as if I didn't like the books. Honestly I loved the first 3 books and have read them multiple times.
Here is how the movie felt to me:(Spoilers!)
Bella: Hi I'm Bella, I speak oddly as if I was the one that lived centuries ago.
Edward: Hi I'm Edward I hate you
Bella: you keep looking at me funny
Edward: I hate you
Bella: Hey there you are again looking at me funny
Edward: I hate you
Bella: Hey I am going to make stilted guesses about what you are even though I have no clue about you because all of these important scenes in the book where I would find out this information are left out. Yes I have decided, I will check out books and guess you are a vampire.
Edward: You know what I am, I love you, but I shouldn't stay with you. I will make weak protests about having to leave you.
Bella: Oh I know I haven't shown it before(except to randomly quote one line from the book about how I was certain of 3 things and one was that I love you - but hey you weren't there for that anyway so you have no clue about that either) but I love you don't talk like that, ever around me.
Edward & Bella: Hey it's a prom. yay lets dance and stuff.
So the three things I liked about the movie you ask?
1. Charlie & Bella's relationship, in the movie it is much more developed than it is in the book and it makes charlie a lot more personable and actually a bit funny and warmhearted.
2. The argument scene between Bella and Edward at the hospital after she is almost crushed by the ever avenging minvan was straight from the book and well acted. I loved it.
3. Some of the Casting. Emmet was perfect although we didn't see or hear nearly enough from him throughout the movie. They took out the escape scene from James where Alice, Emmet, Bella and Edward are in the jeep together(in the book it is one of the most memorable Emmet scenes as you get to see his personality and get to know him better. I was sad this wasn't included. The Actor's that played Billy, Charlie and Carlisle were also excellent.
KS & RP were ok as Bella and Edward, I just wished they actually knew the characters or had read the book or if they did that it showed in their acting because you don't get the feel of an epic love story between these two in the movie like you do in the book. (And just for Pjaye - Gone with the wind is NOT an epic love story unless you count love between girl and dirt.. bleh)
The actress for Rosalie was horrible.... there was nothing good about the person picked for the part or her acting... uhg..
The actor for Jacob was all wrong.. he was too much of a baby throughout the whole movie... His acting wasn't bad, but he only had all of 3 scenes so there wasn't much to go on. I think I could actually grow to like him as Jacob if the screenwriters don't muck up his lines.
The movie wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. All in all I would recommend reading the book instead or waiting for the movie to come out on TV. It had excellent potential. I hope the author makes changes before the second movie is made...
The ONLY excellent thing to come from this whole movie was the soundtrack. It was incredible the whole way through the movie and for the most part the music made up for the feelings lacking in the scenes.