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When you can live forever, what is there to live for…? 

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke 
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson  
An image from Twilight

Twilight, based on a Stephanie Meyer novel that amongst many teenage girls is considered bigger than Harry Potter, is a story of unlikely love - imagine Romeo and Juliet crossed with Interview with a Vampire. It tells the tale of Bella Swan (Stewart), moved to a dead-end town to live with her estranged father. On her first day at a new high school she meets Edward Cullen (Pattinson); the attractive, mysterious loner… Unsurprisingly they begin to fall in love, but life is just not that simple. Edward is a vampire, eternally stuck in a beautiful 17 year old body with a constant thirst for Bella’s blood. The trials of their unlikely romance follow, as Bella tries to come to terms with her relationship with a man whom she loves, but who ultimately can kill her.

The film Twilight, despite its unusual plot is essentially another story of love against all odds - something you can’t really go wrong with. It is a film that has everything - fear, romance, humour and an almost ridiculously beautiful pair of leads. Whilst at sometimes predictable, and carrying many high-school love story clichés, there are several really effective and entertaining sequences with gorgeous awe-inspiring scenery and a quiet, guarded script – creating a poetic love story that any audience could relate to. Those who like a good love story against all odds (and fans of Harry Potter-esque fantasies) should not miss Twilight. Importantly, fans of the book will see differences in plot, but the film is loyally executed with all characters brought to life cleverly. Even if you just go for the gothic chic of the Cullen family and enjoy Rob Pattinson in all his un-dead glory, I bet you’ll end up with just a little thing for vampires…

Jemima Bowers

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Screenings of this film:

2008/2009 Summer Term (35mm)
2008/2009 Summer Term (35mm)
2009/2010 Spring Term (35mm)