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Jan. 1st, 2009

Back in 2009.

And nope, I'm neither a Terminator nor Marty McFly, just back from our New Year's shebang at mamoru22. There was lots of Merlin squeeing, eating of cheese and pink Princess Muffins and bad movie watching. Okay, we only watched one bad movie but it was so bad, it should count for ten of its kind. I feared that xkatjafx, who graciously hosted my runny-nosed self the night before New Year's, was close to ritual suicide about a quarter way in.

Yup, I'm talking about Twilight which features two of the most personality-less Mary Sue's ever. I mean, usually a Mary Sue HAS a personality - an annoying one. But neither Edward nor Bella have anything in the way of that. In a just and fair world they would be too boring to be alive, or undead as the case may be. Out of curiosity I checked the box office numbers so far: and with a budget of only 37 Million, it already grossed 239 Million so a sequel should be assured. There are also a surprisingly high number of praising reviews at amazon.com, calling it "action-packed" - When? - "well-acted" - YumYumYum (sorry folks, inside joke *g*), be assured you won't find good acting - "endearingly love story" - between Sullingella and Charismalessward?

Of course, my main reason for disliking it might be pretty shallow but even though I have not yet read the books, I do know Edward is described as "amazingly gorgeous" or something of the kind and okay, I have categories for men. "Amazingly gorgeous" is number 1, for me it's those guys with perfect flawless features that are often referred to as too pretty by others, see for example Ackles, Jensen R. *g* Then, there is category 2: boyishly charming in some way, see also my undying Methos-love. Category 3: certain rugged charme: see Indiana Jones. Now all those I can grok. Category 4 is those I do not feel personally attracted to but can easily see why other will. Category five and six range from huh? to no way.

Now for a character described as "amazingly gorgeous", I can accept 1-4, preferred would be 1 but 2-4 are okay, but not beyond that, it's intolerable. And lets just say I felt intolerant during this movie. *cough*


Still, as usual, a great time was had. *waves to fellow shebangers*

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angels3
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I understand your feelings perfectly. I didn't read the books which my oldest did and my middle one is on the last right now. They just didn't interest me but the oldest saw the movie and not only did she say the acting was atrocious but that the main character RP was ugly, which I agree with. Sorry RP lovers I just don't get it.

I got yelled at by my sister for that so you can yell too. She thinks he's gorgeous. Me and the kids were going Where?

I think whomever did the casting for that movie and the directing needs to be fired.
astri13
Jan. 1st, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
I got yelled at by my sister for that so you can yell too. She thinks he's gorgeous. Me and the kids were going Where?

I just don't see it either. From what I remember I thought he was okay in Harry Potter and the hair and make-up as Edward were pretty atrocious so there is that but well, when I expect to see an insanely attractive guy and I don't feel attracted at all, it's a letdown.

And when I look back at my teen years, I also fancied those super-attractive guys I dig today, so it can't be that. Hm.
angels3
Jan. 1st, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
YOu know the guys I found attractive when I was younger I still find hot today. For example

Patrick Swayze
Keanu Reeves
Johnny Depp
Peirce Brosnon

and so on and so forth

but then of course there are the younger ones that have come along and all of them seem to have what the others do this timeless quality to them and it's not just the looks it's the personality that adds to the attraction as a whole.
nachekana
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
And from all I've heard, the movie is still ten times better than the book. So can you imagine? Of course, I can't vouch for that myself because I've only read the book. But nothing, really nothing can be worse than that book. But it's a kind of entertaining badness, if you know what I mean.

calling it "action-packed" - When?

See, you say that because you haven't read the book! Basically, nothing happens for 300 pages except exposition. And the last 100 pages contain the entire story. So maybe the fact that stuffs happen before the middle of the movie surprised people...And make it worth being called "action-packed"! *g*
astri13
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
And from all I've heard, the movie is still ten times better than the book. So can you imagine? Of course, I can't vouch for that myself because I've only read the book. But nothing, really nothing can be worse than that book. But it's a kind of entertaining badness, if you know what I mean.

Oh dear, I've got the book sitting on my shelf - was a birthday present.

See, you say that because you haven't read the book! Basically, nothing happens for 300 pages except exposition. And the last 100 pages contain the entire story. So maybe the fact that stuffs happen before the middle of the movie surprised people...And make it worth being called "action-packed"! *g*

I think nothing really happened in the movie either, just random scenes strung together dealing with the teenage angst so maybe the movie is a pretty faithful adaption? *g*

I guess I could have let myself be swept up in the romantic schmoop - I'm not against those per se - if I felt a modicum of sympathy for the main characters. But they were so boring, I just couldn't.
nachekana
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
I think nothing really happened in the movie either, just random scenes strung together dealing with the teenage angst so maybe the movie is a pretty faithful adaption?

Maybe it is then! I guess one day I will gather the courage to see this movie and I'll be able to judge that... I can't wait...:

But they were so boring, I just couldn't.

Yep, it's terrible to read a book/see a movie when you have no interest for the main characters. Edward is simply ininteresting and Bella annoys me a lot.

I'm sure she's more annoying in the book than she is in the movie. Because she's whining all the time and thinking she's the best and all her "normal" friends are lame with their "normal" lives whereas she's in love with this gorgeous guy and did she mentions that he is gorgeous? And sparkly? But mostly gorgeous? And how unworthy she is of such a gorgeous man? Oh, looks, he is entering the room, and isn't he gorgeous??? But like really trully gorgeous? SO ANNOYING.
leelust
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
I didn't read the book and have no intention to read after torturing through this 'piece of art'. I can understand a squee of 12 yo girls but other than that? It's awful movie with awful story line and absolutely NO acting. I wonder who was casting director of this shit and how much respect (s)he deserved - not money-wise but profi-wise. I can accept that female Mary-Sue should be put in mental hospital but what to do with male Mary-Sue? Can it be killed off? Or cos he's undead i have to live with thought of him sparkling through times? *shudders*
astri13
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I can accept that female Mary-Sue should be put in mental hospital but what to do with male Mary-Sue? Can it be killed off? Or cos he's undead i have to live with thought of him sparkling through times? *shudders*

Exactly. Those characters were just so bland and annoying, I could not let myself be interested in their story.
leelust
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
You know, i felt like i need to watch it to form my own opinion but when i did it i felt dirty. I yawned and laughed my way through this movie and still felt far from satisfied *grrrr* Very unpleasant experience :(
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astri13
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I did like what RPattz had to say in his interview about Stephanie Meyer though -- "She's completely mad, it's like she thinks she is Bella and she's totally in love with this Edward guy" lol.

Well, he got that right. *g*
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