PVR Pictures, Rs 499
Rating: 2 stars
When you have a 109-year-old hero (so what if he looks 20?) telling his 18-year-old girlfriend, “Bella, you give me everything just by breathing,” you know you’ll like the film only if you’re a 40-year-old virginal spinster (so what if you’re really a post-pubescent teen?). This is the second chapter of the film version of Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight books, charting the romance between a human and a vampire. We get on where we last got off: The ever-noble James Dean-with-a-skin problem Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison) is now openly going around with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), whose just-been-punctured that-time-of-the-month look is quite fetching now that we’ve grown used to it. With a vague Romeo-Juliet riff playing in the story, and Edward making the sort of supreme sacrifice that violent alcoholic boyfriends with a heart make only in movies, we find the ‘other dude’ Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) cutting line and getting close to a pining, growing skinnier Bella. Just one problem: Jacob is a werewolf, a sworn enemy of the vampire lot and things are on the verge of getting ugly. The film lacks the nuances of human-vampire relationships as a metaphor of mixed class/race relationships, but this isn’t the HBO series True Blood and those who find Pattison a hottie aren’t bothered about what Sight and Sound — or your humble Glad Eye, for that matter — has to say about Chris Weitz’s chuntzy movie. Goth went pink with the likes of bands like Evanescence. Films were bound to follow. This double DVD gets an extra star more than it deserves because the second DVD has the music videos of the songs, including memorable numbers by Thom Yorke, the Killers and Ok Go on the soundtrack. Let’s hope the third installment of the Twilight movies is at least as decent as the first one.