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8 Things Guys Can Appreciate About ‘Twilight’

Hey Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Fans! I wanted to share an article that I thought was fun and funny. This may hit home for you guys that may be afraid to admit that you like the Twilight Movies. The original article was written and posted by John Campea.

Enjoy! – Spartan Phoenix

 

8 Things Guys Can Appreciate About ‘Twilight’

Stereotypes are often unfair things to use and certainly never cover or accurately represent the totality of the group they’re talking about.  For example, I’m Italian, and I can tell you with 100% certainty that not all Italians love pasta.

However, sometimes within stereotypes there are general truths.  Although it’s true that not all Italians love pasta… many of us do (including myself… personally I’m a Lasagna fanatic).  So while the stereotype of Italians loving pasta is unfair and certainly doesn’t apply to all Italians, there is a general truth in it.

In the same way, there is a stereotype out there that says the “Twilight” films are not “guy” movies.  This is certainly not true of all guys because there are many guys out there (including myself) who do enjoy the films.  But within that stereotype is a general truth that a lot more women enjoy the “Twilight” franchise than men do.

But I’m here to stand against that stereotype, to cast down the idea that “Twilight” is just for women.  I’m here to tell you that there are things within the “Twilight” films that men… yes, manly men… the type of men that discovered the wheel, and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn (Ok, now I’m just quoting Ron Burgundy) can appreciate and enjoy!

So if you’ll indulge me for a few moments, I’d like to present to you 8 things that I believe men can appreciate about the “Twilight” films.

#1 – ASHLEY GREENE

When an absolutely stunningly beautiful woman is on screen… men can sit through just about anything.  But fortunately for the “Twilight” films Ashley Greene is more than just a pretty (man, that’s an understatement) face.  This girl can act and brings a sweetness to her character (Alice) that especially stands out when mixed with the understanding of just how dangerous and powerful she really is (I loved it when she ripped off James’ head with her bare hands in the first film).

In “New Moon” we saw her character play a bigger role than in the first one… a trend we all hope continues into “Eclipse”.  As a side note, the whole exchange between Alice and Jacob in Bella’s house in “New Moon” was fantastic!

So a beautiful woman, who can act and is playing a character who rips off heads with her bare hands?  CHECK!  Watch for Greene next year as she appears opposite Hugh Jackman in the comedy “Butter”.

#2 – JACOB

One of the things many guys love in their movies is a strong alpha protagonist.  We love our Sylvester movies.  We love our Arnold movies.  We love our Statham and Li and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movies.  But let’s face it, Edward might be 120 pounds soaking wet with a physique that wouldn’t intimidate a 4th grader… with or without the sparkling skin.  However, Jacob fills that need nicely.

Jacob is a more traditional “guys” kind of character. He’s infinitely more feral than Edward.  He’s got the traditional physique of an action star with a hunger for action, ready to leap into a fight at any given moment, will fight to the death to defend those he loves and oozes machismo.  Aside from getting the girl, all this guy thinks about is killing vampires.  He doesn’t do it because he HAS to do it… he WANTS to do it.  To him the idea of a “fun” Saturday night is chasing down a vamp all the way up to the Canadian border all in the hopes of tasting some sweet vampire juice.

Girls may love Jacob for his ripped abs and good looks… but us guys can appreciate the action hungry alpha hero.

#3 – PLAYING WITH MYTHOLOGIES

One of the key elements that can help me appreciate a good sci-fi or fantasy film is a rich backstory… or mythology.  When it comes to Vampires, we’ve seen basically the same story told 1000 times over and usually they’re the exactly the same with a few minor detail changes.

With Twilight however, they changed the rules.  The very first thing that struck me as impressive when watching the first movie for the first time (I never read the books) was the story’s willingness to completely change the mythology of Vampires.  In Twilight they don’t shrivel up in the sunlight (instead their skin sparkles… which to me is lame… but it’s still a brave and creative departure from the traditional vampire mythology).  Then there is the idea of each Vampire having a unique ability beyond the ones they all share (strength, speed etc.).

I also really appreciated the backstory of the history of the treaty between the Cullens and the werewolves.  Some backstories are great, but don’t actually influence or effect the current story.  However in “Twilight”, that treaty and how it came about has a direct influence on current events, why Jacob can’t kill Edward, and the tricky predicament of how the Volturi are demanding they turn Bella… but if they do they violate the treaty with the werewolves.  It’s a wonderful story device that any true fan of sci-fi/fantasy should appreciate.

#4 – THE WOLF PACK

There is simply no other way to put it… you do NOT want to mess with these guys.  I don’t care if you’re a cop, if you’re a Vampire or if you’re an army.  These guys are pure hunters and thrill seekers of the highest level.  The very sight of them is enough to make the face of an ancient vampire turn to pure terror and fear and force them to run for their undead lives.

One of the things I really like about the Wolf Pack (which includes Jacob once he joins them) is the swagger they have.  They are the lords of the woods and they know it. They are the top of the food chain and will remind even Vampires of that fact every chance they get (even if the Vampires whole heartedly disagree).

What makes these guys especially formidable is that not only are they huge dudes… not only do they turn into incredibly powerful giant wolves… they can communicate telepathically which makes them almost invincible when fighting and hunting as a pack.  Any one member of the pack is tough enough to deal with… dealing with the pack itself is pretty much suicide.

#5 – ACTION

As a guy there is a fair criticism to be made about the lack of action in the first film.  But even in the first film we caught glimpses of what the Vampires were capable of once James and Edward faced off at the end… and the rest of the Cullen clan shows up.

In “New Moon” the action ramped up, especially with us meeting the Wolf Pack.  Edward’s fight against the Volturi member (man he got his vampire ass handed to him) was just terrific and the whole thing left me wanting more.

Well… as we get ready for the release of “Eclipse” we know we’re about to get a lot more of it… full on Vampire and Werewolves at war kind of action that the entire movie pretty much revolves around.

#6 – THE VOLTURI

The Volturi are the over arching villains of the “Twilight” story and are described like this:  “The Volturi are the vampire royal family. Our kingdom is Volterra, Italy. The Volturi have existed for at least three thousand years, if not more. They are the largest coven in existance, followed by Carlisle’s family and Tanya’s. However, they do not follow a “vegetarian” diet, as seen in New Moon, in which they capture and murder several humans in a carefully planned “meal”. They are considered the de facto royal family of vampires, as they are the largest and most influential coven in existence . The Volturi deal swiftly and decisively with anything they consider a threat to their city, or the vampire world. They destroy anyone who attempts to overthrow them, or resist their authority and, at Caius’ insistence, have hunted werewolves (true werewolves, not shape-shifters) to near extinction in Europe and Asia.”

Every good action/fantasy film needs a great villain(s).  “Star Wars” needed Vader, “Die Hard” needed Hans, “Misery” needed Annie, “Gangs of New York” needed Bill the Butcher, and “Twilight” needs The Volturi.

To me, the most intimidating villains have never been the biggest or most savage, but rather the ones with a civilized veneer.  The ones that are calm, intellectual, ones with style… and yet you know they could tear you apart in just moments.  These are the villains that freak me out the most and create the most compelling storytelling… and The Volturi definitely fit that bill.

As an added bonus, Michael Sheen plays the head of the Volturi, Aro.  Sheen is an award winning actor who knows a thing or two about the Vampire/Werewolves world having played Lucian, the leader of the werewolves in the “Underworld” franchise.

#7 – BILLY BURKE

When you have a sci-fi/fantasy story that takes place in the “real” current world, it’s important that your movie(s) have an anchor to the real work within it.  Playing Bella’s father, actor Billy Burke is that anchor for us.  Without Burke there is nothing to contrast the wonder of the Vampires and Werewolves with against normal reality.

But Burke is not just a “normal” guy.  He’s the type of character a lot of men can relate with.  He’s a strong man, not just physically but mentally and emotionally too.  He’s a protective man, always looking out for not just his daughter, but the community which he serves.  And most of all he’s a loyal man, loyal to the friends and community he’s been a part of for many years, but most importantly to his daughter.

I don’t care if Edward or Jacob have superhuman powers… I still get the feeling that neither one of them want to mess with Bella’s dad… and personally I don’t blame them one little bit.

I’ve personally been a fan of Burke as a character actor for a few years now and have always enjoyed watching him act, even when some of the movies he’s been in have been less than memorable.

#8 – JASPER

While all the members of the Cullen clan have their own unique quirks and personalities, one of the things that they all seem to have in common is the fact that they’re all comfortable with and adjusted to being non-violent vegetarian Vampires.  Well… all of them except for Jasper.

I  liked the Jasper character from the first moment he appeared on the screen.  He’s the only one of the Cullen Clan that physically shows the awkwardness of their true situation.   Jasper is the most feral of the Cullen family and the least comfortable with their chosen lifestyle.  You can tell he feels out of place, like it’s taking everything he’s got to hold it together and not feast on all these human teenagers surrounding him at school everyday.  I mean, the dude tried to kill Bella just at the slightest drop of her blood on the floor and it pretty much took the whole Cullen family to hold him back.

In “Eclipse” we get to see that side of Jasper set loose as he takes on a sort of General role in the coming war, and I for one can’t wait to see him in that sort of position to see what he’s really capable of.  Jasper is also paired up with Alice (Ashley Greene), so not only can all us guys appreciate him… we can also envy him.

So while it may be true that there are more women out there who enjoy the “Twilight” films than men, I contend that there are certainly enough elements in “Twilight” that guys can appreciate!  I suggest that if you’re a guy and thinking about heading to the movies this week, give “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” a shot… you can thank me later.

Posted by: John Campea | 6/28/2010 | 3:21 PM 

The original Article can be found here:

http://www.amcentertainment.com/Script_to_Screen/8_Things_Guys_Can_Appreciate_About__Twilight_/

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