Posted: 11/23/2008




by Rick Villalobos

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Twilight has given new light to the legend of the vampire. Teenagers and vampires—two of the most feared creatures to ever walk the face of the earth are now placed together on a Hollywood screen. It is not an original concept. The 400-year-old vampire falling in love with a beautiful teenage girl has been done once before on the small screen. I have only four words to say to all the Twilight followers out there—Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No one can ignore the unforgettable romance between Buffy and Angel.

The late ’90s introduced a teenage girl and her birthright to kick vampire butt. Yes, it was also a time of romance—the first ever between a vampire and a slayer. Twilight fans can bitch all they want about how great the book series is, but let us give praise to those who came before us. Yes, those who paved the way for the Bella’s and Edwards of the world to unite. The fans will no doubt fill the theater seats and they should because the film, surprisingly, has magic. Harry Potter fans should worry.

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is the new girl in Forks, a dismal township in Washington. On the first day of school, Bella meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a heartthrob in need of a serious tan. Passionately, Bella and Edward are drawn to each other, an attraction that is bizarre and disturbingly innocent. Rumors are spread and secrets are revealed and both Bella and Edward are now faced with the truth. Bella soon discovers that the boy that she wants more than anything is a vampire. The question is—is he a good guy with a James Dean haircut or just another bad guy with too much moose in his hair?

There is more to this film than just a passionate romance. It has action for all the adrenaline junkies out there and blood for all the psychopaths. Fans all over will yell—whatever the hell Twilight fans yell and claim victory. Are we rushing it just a little bit? The new Harry Potter film has yet to make the rounds and the sounds of victory can be heard all over. Who knows? For the time being Twilighters can stand tall with their heads up high and be proud that their beloved book-to-film adaptation didn’t suck—only blood, of course.

Rick Villalobos is a writer and film critic in Chicago.

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