Pretty decent acting
Classic love stories are classic for a reason, they don't let you down
Weak action scenes
Could have used a bit of exploration into the main characters love/infatuation
I'd like to prerequisite this review with the fact that I haven't read the book so I'm not drawing from any knowledge besides what I saw in the movie.
Twilight, to me, did everything okay, not great, but not horrible either. Its your classic tale of two star crossed lovers that have to fight fate to be together. Only in this tale one is a hundred year old vampire, Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, and the other is a teenage girl named Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart. The vampires in Twilight are a bit different than your normal vampire though. These ones can go out in the sun, you can see them in mirrors and as far as I could tell, fire is their only weakness, though this wasn't really explained and I had infer it from the end fight. The movie did have some other action scenes but really only the one vampire fight, so beware guys, this IS a romance movie.
Twilight kicks off with a fairly understandable story, if maybe a little bit overused, with Bella moving from Phoenix to a little town called Forks in Washington to live with her dad after her mom got remarried. We see her start up school the awkward outsider, but she soon makes friends with some other awkward classmates. They really do portray the high school environment quite well for those of us that remember what going to a new school was like and what being a teenager really was like. We are then introduced to our vampires and as soon as Bella and Edward lock eyes you know, for better or worse, where this movie is going. Unfortunately, they don't actually explain this journey for those of us who haven't read the book. Both characters are clearly infatuated with each other but we get little explanation for Edward's and absolutely none for Bella. I suppose we are just to assume they have a connection that can't be explained.
As for the action and the effects, both were definitely was on the low budget side of things. Doing a movie without opting for CG is a decision I can support because I'm a big proponent of building your stunts and actually doing them, which, I find, looks better in the end. I can't really support the vampire fight though. It was half assed. I've seen both Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel so I know you can do a vampire action sequence on the cheap and leave the audience thinking that was cool and wanting more. Twilight just left me thinking, "that was it?"
Twilight was a half decent movie with love story that, I'm sure, was better in the book. The acting is quite good, save for a few odd moments where you aren't really sure whats going on. Kristen Stewart seems to be able to show a lot of emotion in her face which was nice. If you've read the book, go see it and let me know what you thought, knowing what's going on behind the scenes. If you haven't read it, I wouldn't really bother unless you are getting dragged to it by one of the previous group. Go see Quantum of Solace instead..