Having been a big fan of the books, I was really skeptical that the movie wouldn't do it justice. After I saw it in the theater, though, I was pleasantly surprised! No, it's not perfect; yes, it was low budget; yes, it left some things out and changed others. But it was still pretty good!
I actually like Kristen Stewart's portrayal of Bella a lot more than the actual character Stephenie Meyer wrote. In the movie, Bella is stronger and a lot less whiny. She and Robert Pattinson have a lot of chemistry. Taylor Lautner was the perfect choice for Jacob Black, and a lot of the other characters were very good picks, too.
After I bought the movie and watched it at home, I liked it even more. I didn't think about the book; I tried to really get into it and understand what the director and actors were trying to get across. And it was good. Some people say that the actors can't act, but the way I see it, they act the way people do in real life. They don't ham up for the camera, if that makes sense. It was worth my time. Definitely not an Oscar winner, but good!
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