Robert Pattinson recently opened up about his dislike of the Twilight franchise, saying that he hopes that one day, he’ll be able to rid himself of his hatred. The actor shared these sentiments while promoting his new film, Good, in which he plays a drug addict. The new movie is based on the real-life exploits of journalist John L. Wise, who took on the challenge of helping a heroin addict get clean. Despite its grim subject matter, Good is a hopeful movie that depicts the power of rehab and the transformative potential of a lifetime of recovery.
The ‘Twilight Problem’
The Twilight franchise has been a phenomenal success, inspiring a generation of young fans who were born after 1994. The films consistently rank among the highest-grossing films of all time, with the most recent instalment, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, breaking several box office records upon its premiere in mid-2011.
Despite its worldwide acclaim, Robert Pattinson has never been a fan of the series. In fact, he’s been particularly critical of it. In 2012, he told Rolling Stone, “I didn’t like the first Twilight movie and I haven’t liked the others. I don’t go into them thinking, ‘God, I hope this one’s good’. I just see them and go, ‘Ugh.'”
Why Does He Hate Twilight?
Many fans would argue that Twilight marks the nadir of Pattinson’s career. The English actor is perhaps best known for his role as the young poet Lord Ravencliffe in the Oscar-winning film Gone With The Wind. He has also been featured in many memorable films, including the Harry Potter series, the Gucci film Red, and the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of The Sword. Most notably, he portrayed literary figure George Edward Capel in the 2005 mini-series Sherlock Holmes, which earned him a reputation as a leading man.
With his impressive filmography, it’s no surprise that Twilight has always been a point of contention for Pattinson. The Twilight saga is the brainchild of novelist Stephenie Meyer, best known for her Twilight books. While many fans consider the Twilight films to be among the best of the 21st century, the actor has never been a big supporter of the series. In a 2015 interview with Time Out, he said, “I think [Meyer] was trying to do something a little different, [but] I don’t think it worked.”
The main problem with the Twilight films, according to Pattinson, is that they don’t age well. The actor told Digital Spy in 2015, “I feel like it kind of peaked creatively in the first movie, and then it just went downhill from there.” He continued, “There is something about reading a book or seeing a movie that makes you feel like you’re watching a performance, and I think that with the first Twilight movie, it was a little too much acting.”
The issue is that the Twilight films are very much product of their time. Set in the early years of the 21st century, the films are heavily influenced by the then-popular ‘millennial’ generation. This makes them incredibly relatable to audiences in 2019, but it also means that they lack the timeless quality that makes for a great cinematic experience. Even the most recent Twilight film, released in December 2018, is over 20 years old. The fact is, the Twilight films will never be as good as they could have been had Meyer made them a decade or two later.
Is There Any Hope For The Series?
While it’s unlikely that Meyer or Twentieth Century Fox will ever give up on the Twilight franchise, there is a chance that the series could improve with age. Fox recently gave the green light to a TV adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, The BFG, which is due to air in 2020. Based on the giant monster movies of the 1950s, the story follows a young girl named Sophie who befriends a giant, fire-breathing sheep named David that shelters her from the monsters that roam the land.
The decision to revive a classic kids’ book for a TV adaptation is an indication that the franchise is once again finding its way back to its roots. With its low-budget, independent filmmaking, and young target audience, the Twilight films arguably fit the bill for a revival. Especially since the first film is now available on Netflix, meaning future installments could be made for free. This is in contrast to the major motion pictures that Fox usually spends thousands of dollars on, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars spent on advertising and promotion. Therefore, if the TV series is a success, the door could be opened for a new Golden Age of Twilight.
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the many years of the Twilight phenomenon, it’s that nothing is impossible. Even though Robert Pattinson has said that he hates the Twilight series, he cannot avoid it forever. This is especially true with the rising success of the TV adaptation, which gives us all a chance to see what the fuss is about and the amazing potential that the series still holds.