November 15, 2012

'Twilight': Good to the last drop

For fans of 'The Twilight Saga,' parting will be sweet sorrow.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart in the final chapter of “The Twilight Saga.”

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WHEN: Opens 10 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Several area theaters, including Nordica in Freeport, Nickelodeon in Portland and Cinemagic theaters in South Portland, Saco and Westbrook

HOW MUCH: $8 and up at most theaters

WHAT ELSE: At least two area theaters are holding "Twilight" marathons Thursday, where you can see the four previous "Twilight" films beginning around noon and the latest one at 10 p.m., all for one price. At Nordica in Freeport, the marathon begins at noon, and the price is $20 for all five films. At Nickelodeon in Portland, the marathon begins at 11:45 a.m., with a cost of $20 for all five films.


HERE'S A QUICK RECAP of the five installments in the "Twilight" film series:

"Twilight" (2008): We meet Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a teenage girl who moves to rural Washington state and falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Their romance causes friction not only with schoolmates, but with rival vampires.

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009): Edward leaves Bella, who almost gets killed. In a fit of teenage angst, she falls for another not-quite-human paramour, a werewolf named Jacob Black.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010): Bella is about to graduate high school and has to choose between her love for Edward and her now-friendship for Jacob. And, oh yeah, the city of Seattle is being terrorized by some unknown killers.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" (2011): Edward and Bella get married and are soon expecting a child. Of course, their rivals don't like this, so there's trouble a-brewin' for them and the people of their rural town.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" (2012): Bella and Edward's baby, Renesmee, is born, and they have to gather other vampire clans to protect the child. If you've read the book, you don't necessarily know how the film will end, because Stewart has said in interviews that the film has a "surprise ending" that is different from the book's.

"The story's main plot is that a gorgeous, smart, rich boy falls in love with a plain Jane-type girl," said Rockwell, who works at Yarmouth Veterinary Clinic. "This beautiful man just can't live without her. Who doesn't want to be swept off their feet?"

Another pair of sisters who usually see the films together are Beth and Katie Kusturin, ages 15 and 13, respectively, of Gorham.

Beth finds that both the books and films hold her attention, but for different reasons. There are some characters she likes better in the book, like Edward, who she says is "happier" on paper than on film.

But she thinks the way the action is displayed on screen -- vampires flying about, battles between werewolves and the undead, and the like -- helps her suspend her disbelief.

"I would love to live in a place where there's magic, so that's a big part of it for me," she said.

Katie says she and her sister will probably see "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" more than once. She learned with the last film that, for her at least, the excitement of seeing the film combined with the high-speed action and special effects within the film itself made it difficult to concentrate on subtler things like jokes the first time around.

"When we went the second, time, we laughed a lot more," Katie said. "There are a lot of things we missed the first time."

Although the final "Twlight" film will eventually leave theaters, it and its predecessors will live on via DVDs, Blu-ray discs and whatever future home-video technology is yet to come, allowing fans to see them over and over again.

So, in a sense, Edward and Bella will always be with them.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

Twitter: RayRouthier


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Sisters Beth and Katie Kusturin of Gorham expect to see “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” at least twice, the better to catch the subtleties that they might miss in the excitement of the first viewing.

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Kristen Stewart as Bella and Mackenzie Foy as her half-vampire daughter, Renesmee.

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