I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would, but I still didn't enjoy it. I watched it critically, and I [think] I deciphered what makes it so popular, and what makes it so bothersome.
Let's start with the bothersome.
I dig vampires and vampire lore. Edward straddles the line of good and evil, raised with a vampire family who are self proclaimed vegetarians, and attempt to fit in with the cattle. Except they all do a pretty crappy job. They stick together, and weird out all the other kids in school (and no idea why they would choose to go to high school. At least college for crying out loud if they want to blend in). I point this out to say that the entire Cullen family is awkward as fuck, and it's no surprise that Edward has little to no social skills. So, he meets a girl who drives him crazy (i.e. thirst for blood), and he becomes obsessive over her. He wants to drain her, and also protect her at the same time. Yes, folks, I've heard this story before
I grew up in the era where kickass women started to take root--Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, Buffy Summers (who I do have some major issues with), Sydney Bristow, Charly Baltimore and Jackie Brown. Beatrix Kiddo. Bella Swan is like, the anti-thesis of those characters.
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Anyway, back to Bella...and frankly, Kristen Stewart's acting (and the abundance of "stare into each other's eyes" scenes and her inability to close her mouth ever or pour ketchup), is what dulls the film for me personally. I read on imdb.com that Michelle Trachtenberg auditioned for the role. How much better the film would have been had it been her. She would have given expression and better delivery of the lines. In my humble opinion, of course.
Anyway, off to see the next one...