After contemplating whether I'll be watching Twilight or not, I finally gave in to my curiosity. I've never read any of the books by Stephanie Meyer, so I really have no expectations regarding the film-to-movie transition. (But girls seem to love this book...)
Twilight was a pleasant surprise, both in a good and bad way. First the good: the romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) was very well played out, considering he was a vampire and she was a normal sulking teenage girl. For the bad: casting, action and makeup!
Robert Pattinson was obviously a miscast for the role of Edward. He didn't seem comfortable playing his role and some of the supposedly romantic scenes withe Bella really came off as awkward ("Hold on tight spidermonkey!). The action scenes were also pretty weak, and I got tired of the tree-climbing stuff. And don't get me started with the make-up. The Cullen family was to freakin' pale and the town didn't suspect anything with them?!? (Biggest offender: Dr. Carlisle Cullen)
I'm sure the legions of Twilight fans will love this film, along with the young, teenage girl demographic. The story is very romantic-- it talks about a girl giving up everything for another person and a guy defending the girl from all the pain at all cost.