Ok, I’ll admit it: I loved the Twilight books. When I first read them, I had a newborn and I lustily devoured them during nap times and between feeding (pun intended.) They were the perfect escape from sleepless nights, baby spew splattered sweats and endless diaper changes.
So, of course I was excited when I heard they were making the movies; until the casting of Kristen Stewart as Bella. To me, she was miscast from the start, so off the mark from the girl described in the books and the protagonist we loved.
The movies have been a bit uneven, but I have a tradition of watching the latest one while I sort my taxes each year. That tradition got thrown to the wind when I was invited to the Canadian premier of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, and asked to photograph the performers on the red carpet. And before you freak out, no Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner were not there. Canada was only deemed worthy enough for Ashley Green (Alice), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) and Sarah Clarke (Bella’s mom).
Having already been to a sneak preview of another sequel earlier this week, I was leery, yet ready to submerge myself in a bit of Team Edward. The movie is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. While it never catches the magic of the books, it’s a bit of escapism and the boys really do have nice abs. And it only takes about 15 seconds into the movie before you see them.