- The actors were thoughtfully cast and I thought they all seemed to play their roles well. Except the actor who played Jasper who, like Shannon noted, looked constipated the whole time. I especially liked Rob Pattinson as Edward. He did a good job.
- The basic adherence to the plot. Yeah, there were some minor deviations and time condension, but that's necessary for a movie.
- The small fan "nods": In one scene, Edward is holding a red apple in his outstretched palms, replicating the novel's iconic cover art; Stephenie Meyer makes a brief cameo appearance; and they placed Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole" prominently in the movie (everyone who has read Meyer's books and/or her website knows that she is a huge Muse fan and thanks them for their music in each novel's special thanks section -- she says that their music is a big inspiration for her -- which, I'm not a big fan of Muse, but I do like this song).
- The use of Rob Pattinson (actor who played Edward)'s song "Never Think" during their prom scene. In general, I very much like the film's soundtrack.
- Everything was pretty close to how I pictured it. Or close enough, which all I ask for.
- Some of the special effects were cheeseball.
- Some of the jokes seemed lame, forced.
- Some of the lovey-dovey scenes were almost uncomfortable. I don't know if it's because the sexual tension between the characters made everyone a little squirmy, or what, but the romance between Bella and Edward in the book never seemed squirm-inducing.
- There are just some aspects to the film that carry over from the book that are, I think, a little too sweet -- like candy coated cliches -- and the cynic in me just finds them a little too hard to swallow.
Anyway, as for today, I think I may eventually get out of my robe, get dressed and try to get a few errands and chores done. I'm also trying to convince Jerry to put up our Christmas tree today. (We're gonna be going out of town for Christmas, beginning the 14th, so we really only have a few weeks to enjoy a decorated house -- solid argument on my part, right?)