Ok, I know there's very many posts explaining why they didn't like the movie. But I feel as though I need to express why I too dislike this movie.
First of all, completely separate from the storyline I must say the camera work was very shotty, and the blueish tone that was present throughout the entire movie doesn't seem as though it was to set the atmosphere considering it is present in Thirteen, and Lords of Dog Town. I highly doubt that these three movies required the same mood to be portrayed since none of them had much of a similar theme, rendering the cold tone unnecessary. Which is unfortunate since that tone made me feel almost claustrophobic in a sense and hostile I suppose, it's difficult to explain, but to sum it up I find it casts a depressing feeling.
I think Catherine Hardwicke failed to capture what this story is about. Storyline wise, too much emphasis was placed on the chase.
It seemed to me as though Edward and Bella had a total of 2 minutes conversation while at the half hour point of the movie when he claims "I'm sorry, Bella.. We can't be friends". I don't think it was made very clear to a viewer (who hasn't read the book) that they were friends in the first place, it seems to me as though they are really hostile, make casual conversation, and stare at each other an awful lot.
The story resides mainly on the relationship between Bella and Edward, however it isn't really developed in this movie. As I was watching I got the feeling that they were just really weird people who stared at each other constantly like an artsy couple that no one really understands.
It was almost as if the love was replaced by an obsession, a random one at that.
There were parts in the book that should have been represented in the movie, such as conversation between Bella and Edward in which they actually get to know each other, as well as the intimate moments where they held each others faces or Edward testing how physically close he can comfortably be to Bella. Specifically the "meadow" segment.
I also found the relationship between Bella and Edward's family members significant and belive it should have been included in the movie. Specifically the growing bond with Alice that occurs at the hotel. As well as the compassion that Jasper shows Bella when Laurent questions her worth.
Basically I thought the connection between characters was barely present.
According to the Story, Bella is a bit anti-social but that is all I saw in her within the movie. I think she was lacking the personality that make her character.
She is supposed to be funny, sarcastic, clumsy, and get really angry, really embarrassed and really upset at times. All I saw was an apathetic girl, who is not very memorable at all, a flat character.
Edward was disappointing, in the book he seems so suave and confident, Similar to James Bond. In the movie he seemed nervous often and the pivitol moment in the book, (the meadow part), where Edward becomes completely comfortable with Bella and from then on laughs and gets excited and is happy doesn't happen. This too seemed like a significant part.
Overall I'm sure the actors did the best with what they were given. I just believe Catherine Hardwicke was a terrible choice for a director and I am disappointed the magic that was created in my mind as I read Twilight, was not even relatively apparent in the movie.
Oh and another thing I just remembered is the fact that there was music constantly playing, and for the most part it distracted me and made me feel like too much was going on at once. Plus it wasn't very fitting since most of it reminded me of the music in Silent Hill, which is a video game about demons.