Editor’s Note – This is a movie about Vampires but has no biblical mockery typically found in this type of picture. The reader is also cautioned that Dove makes no endorsement of the book series where this film finds its roots
I have never been a fan of vampire movies, but I must say this was not at all what I expected to see. The film starts out like any teenage love story about a girl who has recently changed schools. She is trying to fit in and make new friends. As in most teen romances, Bella is attracted to the cute guy in school but this one has a secret in his life which results in complications for both of them.The movie has bad vampires and good vampires – if that is possible. If you take into account that this is a fictional tale about mystical creatures then anything is possible but remember, this is a movie. There are even a couple of comical scenes such as when a family of vampires plays baseball in a most unusual way. The story keeps you engaged and I was amazed that the movie-makers did not use a great deal of language, gory scenes or many sexual situations as most teen flicks do today. In fact they used Edward’s inner flaws and insecurities as a reason for him to not get intimate with Bella.
This film does show many positive elements such as a protective and close-knit family unit, self sacrifice and caring for others. These things are hard to find in many films geared toward a teen audience and we are pleased that they are integral parts of these role model characters. If vampires give you the creeps or you frequently evaluate movies based on theological considerations then we caution you to avoid this picture. However, our content guidelines do allow us to award our Dove Seal to this movie for ages 12 and over.