Rating: 2.5 stars
The vampire myth is, of course, about sex and death and the forbidden intermingling of the two. Unless, that is, you’re talking about Twilight, a vampire story for tweens, as written by a Mormon, in which case it’s essentially a vampire-as-dreamboat fantasy, with our fanged hero Edward about as dangerous as a kitten. But he is, as the book tells us many, many times, like, totally gorgeous.
So the primary challenge for the talented director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), in adapting the first in this series of much-read and loved and obsessed over teen romances, was finding a cast that satisfied the book’s ardent fans.
She scores, brilliantly I might add, in casting British actor Robert Pattinson as Edward. He is beautiful, in an unearthly sort of way, with an aquiline nose and high cheekbones and a thatch of rustled, Heathcliffian hair. (You don’t see many of his type at the mall.)
Next, she had to find the perfect Bella, the young woman who moves to suburban Washington to live with her police chief dad and...