Is it just me or does Robert Pattinson look like he is eating meth for breakfast, lunch AND dinner? Oh, and that he borrowed his dad's suit?
Don't get me wrong, there were definite highlights, the first of which is that Edward dumped the pea-coat. Ugh.
Secondly, I dared to wear the skinny jeans with the BOOTS OVER THE TOP OF THEM for the first time in public. (Up until now I've just walked around the house saying to myself, "What are you, a teenager? They just look stupid!") And then, rocking said look so hard that a complete stranger at the grocery store said, "I have to tell you; you just look so cute." Well, strange and forthright lady, thanks very much for making my whole night. Oh, and my hair was good. In Utah, I can actually pull off straight without too much work.
The next highlight was getting to hang with my sister and her friend. Though we were sitting next to half of Friend's Relief Society, I still felt a bit like we were out on the town.
Jacob's shoulders. Yes, Taylor Whats-his-name is probably on the juice/roids, but he really is kind of beautiful. His hours in the gym made for a shocking disappointment when Edward took off his shirt in some kind of weird suicide attempt. Apparently, Pattycakes is an adherent to the Kate Moss school of beauty. Right, we are doing highlights . . .
The supporting cast was good--Charlie's performance is spot-on and Bella's school friends are hilarious. I also liked the banter between the wolf-boys in Jacob's pack. Sam's fiance was perfect. The Volturi were good, and only outshined by their gorgeous city. I've always felt that this particular story really feels like two seperate stories. The life with Jacob and her bizarre Italy venture, but both settings were equally beautiful. The movie perhaps made that contrast between the two realities more understandable. Alice is perfectly adorable, of course.
The screenplay was true to the book, which is mostly a good thing (my own screenplay was rejected), but Meyer's best and most honest line from the whole book was left out. I can't even remember the context exactly, but Mike says to Bella that "girls are cruel." Bella's cruelty and her slow torture of Jacob is so apparent in this installment, particularly because of Taylor Thingy's very good performance. His anger and pain is much more compelling than Edward's Romeo complex and mumbled lines. Reading the books, I vacillated between Team Edward and Team Jacob and landed squarely with Team Darcy. After seeing New Moon, however, I have no more doubt about my loyalty. (Yes, yes, it is with Austen, but as far as the Twilight "Saga" is concerned, I'm all about Jacob.)
I won't do a lowlights section. All right, I changed my mind.
I nearly laughed out loud during several parts that weren't meant to be funny. This was not unlike the first movie. I wasn't alone in my laughter either. For example, Bella and Edward running through the sunlit forest looking as though they were headed for an Easter Egg Hunt. For two people meant to be uber-fast/strong/immortal/fabulous, they both run like they have two left legs. There were just moments during which I couldn't find that inner teenage girl. I wonder if I was ever that girl?
Did I mention Robert Pattinson's need to work out? Oh, yeah.
What about wanting to hurl rocks at Bella's head? That too, huh?
Why does Kristen Stewart flutter her eyes and shake her head when she gets emotional? ANY kind of emotional. Inquiring minds want to know. I want to know. Robert, personal trainer, check. Kristen, acting coach, check.
Who else thinks that Esme was wearing a Bumpits? (No, not Bum Pits. Check the link.)
I guess that is it then. The Christmas Day opening of Sherlock Holmes would be a blast. Robert Downy Jr. and Jude Law? Now THOSE are two men I'd like to choose between. Oh, and did anyone else see the preview for Writing Letters to Juliet? Now THAT is a romance movie set in Italy that I would LOVE to see. Who is up for a date?