Wednesday - December 03, 2008
By Kerry Miller
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Maricar Kawasaki And Lori Wright
Mililani High School Librarian and Project Grad Parent Event
As Told To Kerry Miller

Where and with whom did you see the movie?

Mari: I saw the movie during the Project Grad midnight showing at Mililani Theater.

Lori: My first time was Thursday (Nov. 20) at midnight at Pearl Highlands.I went with my daughter, Megan Wright.

Overall, what did you think?

Mari: I enjoyed it. The action scenes were realistic, I thought.

Lori: I really enjoyed the movie.

I’ve read all the books,and Twilight out of the book series was my favorite. I knew it was an adaptation.I enjoyed how they represented the characters, how they grew within the film.

What about the acting, how would you rate the performances?

Mari: The two actors, Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson,portrayed Bella and Edward well. From the response I got from students, they thought the chemistry was there between the two actors.

Lori: I thought it was very real to life. You get caught up in the story.

How did the movie stack up against the book,Twilight, in your opinion, and what did your students think?

Mari: I think it followed maybe 90 percent of the book. A majority of the students liked it. I have a student who said she did not read the book. After having seen the movie she’s going to go now and read the entire series.

Lori: I thought they did a good adaptation. It’s difficult because it’s written as a diary.You can’t have it portrayed that way.That was probably difficult for the screenwriters, the directors and the actors.

Was there a message or theme of the movie your students related to?

Mari: One of the things that was brought up with themes or the morals in Twilight (is) although it’s a girl and her relationship to a boy who’s a vampire,it still contained that purity of love between two individuals. The character Edward has a really traditional view of a boy’s relationship to a girl.The students loved it,especially the girls because it’s a love story.

Was there a song in the movie’s sound-track that you particularly liked, or that contributed significantly to the movie?

Lori: You could tell throughout the film the change in Edward’s personality.When it starts out,the music is very rough.When Alice is shown, it’s very light. The soundtrack that’s out now, it’s alternative music. I thought it was really well done.The cast actually had input with a lot of the soundtrack.

On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this movie?

Mari: ★★★ 1/2

Lori: ★★★★

To whom would you recommend this movie?

Mari: Anyone because it’s a genre that I think will appeal to everyone. There’s romance, fantasy, action.

What’s new?

Mari: From the library’s standpoint, we’re still continuing our promotion of literacy. We promoted earlier books that have been made into movies, and we’re going to continue that throughout this semester. The books became popular to a point where students are recommending the books to one another.It was an excellent way to promote reading.

Lori: Some of the kids had wanted to start a book club at the high school - they have one at the middle - a Twilight book club.

(For the Project Grad showing on Nov. 21 at midnight) We actually had to pay full price for the students and the adults to see it. We had included in the price the movie ticket,popcorn,soda and candy,it was a a donation toward Project Grad,an extra dollar amount we kept. We also sold T-shirts. We were able to make some money on that, too.

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