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By Abigail El-Bekai on 13.3.2024

Preview: Twilight

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke and based on the saga books by Stephanie Meyer, Twilight has taken America by storm, and is proceeding to enthral the rest of the world. Bella Swan (played by American actress Kristin Stewart, you might recognize her from Into the Wild) moves to Forks to live with her father after her mother remarries. In Forks she meets Edward Cullen (played by British actor Robert Pattinson, you might recognize him from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) a brooding vampire. Their unorthodox and illicit romance stirs trouble in Forks and attempts to threaten the protection of Bella and Edward’s family.

Twilight has usurped America’s attention, securing a gross of $70.6 million, making it a movie with the highest debut for a film directed by a woman. Pattinson says of the film: “Twilight is a metaphor for the virtues of chastity, but it’s had the opposite effect. I get letters that say ‘I’m going to kill myself if you don’t watch High School Musical 2 with me.’ It’s a little nuts”. So, you can understand the degree of madness associated with Twilight. Fans have especially gone bonkers for Edward Cullen, every young teenagers dream; he is sexy, dangerous and intelligent: an unattainable and unrealistic portrayal of humanity right there.

Twilight has been exaggeratingly deemed as “a modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair – between vampire and mortal.” However due to the hype the film and the novels have produced, don’t be surprised to find you might leave the cinema terribly disappointed. But, if you’re looking to escape reality, this is the film for you.

Twilight is showing at the Gulbenkian Cinema from the 13th until the 16th of March.


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