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Movie Review: Twilight

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When you can live forever what do you live for? | Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

It's difficult to review a film that is so purposefully intended for an audience other than myself. With its focus on chaste and forbidden love, Twilight is clearly aimed at those young teenage girls for whom actual, physical love is still some spectral thing and for whom dizzying romance is all. From the first moment that Bella Swan's eyes settle upon those of the mysterious Edward Cullen, it's clear that there is only one point to this movie: plot be damned, Twilight is about a love that can neither be resisted nor explained.

The question then for such a film--the same question that similarly exists in films as diverse as Romeo and Juliet and Brokeback Mountain--is, "Do we believe in the mystical connection between these two people?" The answer, by and large, is yes. That's due mostly to the talent of the two leads. Twilight is a faithful adaptation of Stephanie Meyers' hit novel and one component of that fidelity is some sporadically clunky dialogue that strictly relies on the ability of the actors to pull it off. Do they? Yes. Well, mostly.