romantic vampire story WILL GRIP YOU

Title: Twilight

Title: Twilight

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Written: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay) and Stephenie Meyer (novel)

Genre: Romantic-fantasy/ vampire thriller

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Cam Gigandet, Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch and Justin Chon

Age restriction: PG-13 with some violence and body parts

As Twilight hits our big screens today its director, Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) has seen the twilight of her three-movie directorial contract.

Two weeks ago Summit Entertainment, the studio behind Twilight, canned her from directing the sequel, New Moon, and roped in Chris Weitz instead.

But at least screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was kept on and one hopes that the precedent she set with Hardwicke on Twilight won't be lost with Weitz's takeover, which would be a shame indeed.

The movie has already raked in roughly R20billion, an astronomical amount and still climbing, from a measly budget of R365million.

Now would that be reason enough to give its director the boot?

And Rosenberg will certainly miss working with Hardwicke in New Moon as Rosenberg enthused about her great ideas.

It's hard to fault Twilight, which is about love between two teenagers, except that Edward (Robert Pattinson) is a 108-year-old vampire and his Cullen vampire family have been " devampirised", for lack of a better word.

Have you ever heard of vampires that feed only on animal blood? Don't get me wrong, they are vampires all right, but opt for animal blood since they are so modern, clever and considerate towards humans!

Based on the novel with the same title by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is a romantic-fantasy thriller.

The story is told from the point of view of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who goes to live with her father, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), when her mother remarries.

Bella falls in love with Edward, (Pattison) who is a vampire (disguised as a high school student) at her new school. Bella is everybody's perv at school, but Edward seems aloof towards her. The obvious happens: they fall for each other.

But now Edward and the Cullens have to save Bella from becoming a fully fledged vampire.

Though it's a good film, frankly, Twilight is not the kind of movie I would have liked to watch to spoil my festive mood.