I've avoided the Twilight movies because it's a teenager series and I'm not so interested in vampires or participating in pop culture when it becomes so silly--lining up at midnight dressed as a vampire to watch a movie? no thanks. . . creepy, actually. But in the middle of all the hype, I picked up this Vanity Fair. Is it the eyes, the hair or the gorgeous fisherman's sweater that looks like he just stepped off a ship returning from world adventures and wants to tell me all his stories? Next to a crackling fire. Tucked in a blanket.
Or the fact that I poured over the photography, studying ever lighting detail and angle? (These were shot in Montauk) (some of the best lighting in the world) (I'm spending some time near there this summer and plan to take lots of pictures of three gorgeous children) (I digress).
I watched the movie this weekend, heavily persuaded by my youngest sister (she stood in the line!). I am not a teenager; I have no love illusions. But this boy is divine and he plays piano. The character of Edward is flawed (did I mention he's a vampire?) but is the everlasting hero, is hopelessly drawn to uber-perfect Bella (duh) and wins the heart of every viewer who can't help but sympathize with his inflicted plight and constant struggle.
The movie itself was pretty good. It was certainly compelling and appreciatively entertaining. It was not my favorite story (I'm told I need to read the book), but I find myself drawn into certain movies because of the scenery, music, effects and pretty boys playing piano. I enjoyed the development of these characters and I think I may need to view this film a second time before I return it to a little sister who is anxiously awaiting her Edward's safe return. Of course, given that I have been turning the plot over and over in my head for most of the day, maybe I do. . . er. . . like the story.
To all those who now think I am a shallow woman who spends her time swooning over teenager movies, please stay tuned, I will make it up to you.
Photos by Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair, Dec. 2009.