Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sticking Up For the Little Guy!

We all know Twilight was a low budget film. Thirty million dollars, though more money than I could ever wish for, is not a lot to make a blockbuster with these days. We're all familiar with Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, those epic movies with the never-ending action and mind-blowing special effects. Well guess what? A movie doesn't have to be "epic" to have awe-inspiring success:

Summit Entertainment's low cost blockbuster Twilight opened huge as expected because of heavy pre-sales with $35.8M Friday. But the front-loaded pic dropped a big but expected 41% to $21M Saturday. (Similarly front loaded Sex And The City also had a big Friday to Saturday fall...)With an estimated $13.6M Sunday from 3,419 theaters, including $7M worth of Thursday midnight shows, Twilight will end up with $70.5M for its first North American weekend in release.

That's right, fools. Us Twilighters don't care if the movie we've been waiting months for didn't push us back in our seats when it exploded onto the screen. We're able to appreciate the original, subtle, artistic, make-you-think-and-laugh-all-in-one quality that Twilight produced with it's independent movie feel. Lately I've been thinking how obsessed America is with everything big. Before you snicker, let me tell you what I mean. Take a look at the other movies that have been hitting theaters. Whether they are comedies, actions, or horrors they always have this loudness about them. In the comedies, the humor is mostly people running into telephone poles or screaming like a maniac or falling off buildings. In the action flicks, it's all about the intense fight scenes and things flying through the sky in such a way that your adrenaline pulses through your veins. In the horrors (less so in these, but still present) is the torture and the blood and the guts that makes you cover your eyes and squirm in your seat. It's all so obvious that it's almost obnoxious. Don't get me wrong. I love me some Spiderman; I love watching Iron Man whizz through the sky at impossible speeds. But I feel like our culture just can't hold an appreciation for smaller, more real films that reflect reality more than they reflect our fantasies. Sure Twilight has vampires. But while reading Stephenie's writing, you felt as though these impossible creatures were real. You felt as though cold, pale beings really could be sitting beside you in biology class. And the story was always surrounded by the realest of emotions - love and confusion and anger and wonder. The movies we watch nowadays don't often have concrete stories, and that's the beauty of taking an emotional, personal book like Twilight and projecting it on the screen. Sure Twilight was not the most well-made film - definitely not - but I, for one, am able to truly appreciate what one can create without a truckload full of money. Twilight was different. And I liked that. Apparently many other Twilighters liked that, too, because...
70.5 million dollars just during opening week-end! Heck yes! ;D
And next week I'm seeing it again. Maybe again.
New Moon will be even better, I just know it.

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