So, I've never seen a Twilight movie before today. I've seen tiny clips of the first one, and the commercials, and loads of animated gifs of Robert Pattinson just not giving a crap.
“Millions of Twilight fans out there just cannot wait to see this. It’s almost heartbreaking because they don’t want it to be over. It’s a little bittersweet, isn’t it?”
And today, I am spending 11am to Midnight in a movie theater watching a marathon of the entire series. Thank John O'Sullivan for WiFi. [1. After some quick googling, he was the closest I could find to "Who invented WiFi?", which, it turns out, seems like one of those complicated questions with no easy answer.]
That said, so far, it's not as horrible as I expected. I mean, the movies are bad. That much is virtually self-evident. All the really famous lines -- "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb," "Hang on, spidermonkey," etc., are incredibly forced and have no narrative buildup.
And there are all the creepy, stalkerish and unhealthy aspects of Edward and Bella's relationship. Those aren't easy to ignore.
A++, would hire again for role of Person Who Can No Longer Bear the Vapidity That Surrounds Him.
But no matter how much crap the movies have going on, they're a collaborative project between a huge number of talented people, and it comes through. So, having expected to find nothing at all redeeming about the series, I've been pleasantly surprised by the first movie.
Maybe it's all downhill from here, and I will update again as the evening goes on. But so far, it looks like I'm going to have a pretty good day.