The Wait Is Over: ‘Twilight’ Opens
Hype is huge, but fan anticipation looms even larger. Whether the film lives up to all the hoopla remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: It’s poised to become one of the biggest box-office home runs of the year. And it beat James Bond’s preliminary ticket sales. The soundtrack album went to Number 1 in its first week of release, which didn’t happen with High School Musical 3. Young bloodlust could break box-office records.
This weekend will prove whether Twilight is worth the insane amounts of attention. A Los Angeles Times critic says, “[Catherine] Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the [Stephenie] Meyer novel that it’s hard to imagine anyone else making a better version.”
But a New York Times critic isn’t as gung-ho: “Like Ms. Hardwicke, the poor boy [Robert Pattinson] has been defanged and almost entirely drained. He’s so lifeless, he might as well be dead—oops, he already is.”
A New York Post critic agrees: “[It] combines the plot of HBO’s True Blood with the intensity level of Saved by the Bell.”
We’ll see soon enough which side of the fence moviegoers fall on.