‘Twilight’ entertains book fans

Maggie Mallon

A supernatural twist on the classic boy-meets-girl love story, “Twilight” is an entertaining adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer novel.

While characterized by a frivolous and predictable plot, fans of the novel will not be disappointed with director Catherine Hardwicke’s film.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) leaves her sunny Arizona home in the middle of her junior year of high school to live with her father in Forks, Wash.

Although Bella is apprehensive about the move, she receives a warm welcome from all her new classmates – except one.

Bella is assigned to a lab table with the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

Along with the other members of the Cullen family, Edward remains aloof, socializing solely with his brothers and sisters.

Edward is curt and detached upon initial interaction with Bella, but she finds him captivating.

The two are drawn to each other, and their relationship soon turns romantic.

Bella discovers that Edward is a vampire, and he reveals that his bizarre behavior was an attempt to protect Bella.

Edward and his family have trained themselves to abstain from consuming human blood and solely drink the blood of animals.

Because of their “vegetarian” lifestyle, Bella is safe with the Cullens.

However, she soon finds herself caught up in the complexities of the vampire lifestyle, and her own life is put in danger.

Stewart’s portrayal of Bella accurately captures the character, and she shares a strong chemistry with Pattinson.

When Pattinson was first selected to portray Edward, fans protested the choice.

Thousands of signatures petitioned the crew to recast the role.

Reaction has drastically changed since the early production of “Twilight” and rightfully so.

Pattison is the perfect Edward.

He possesses the physical appearance of the hopelessly handsome vampire and conveys the wisdom and experience of a 108-year-old trapped in the body of a 17-year-old.

Despite the accuracy in casting the lead roles, the script is nothing noteworthy.

Melissa Rosenberg’s screenplay covers the plot well but features dialogue that is both contrived and downright cheesy.

One particularly cringe-worthy moment occurs as Edward describes his relationship with Bella, proclaiming, “So the lion fell in love with the lamb.”

Bella then refers to herself as a “stupid lamb,” while Edward notes he is a “sad, masochistic lion.”

What is supposed to be a tender moment addressing the complexity of the relationship is instead an awkward exchange of dialogue.

For devoted fans of the “Twilight” series and moviegoers looking for some mindless entertainment, however, the lackluster script can be overlooked.

The film is enjoyable but no great cinematic work.