K. and I watched Twilight last night and it was hugely better than I expected. I guess I figured I was in for the typical slick, pop-song-filled, popcorn melodrama full of pretty kids who can't act. I'm happy to say I was way off. This was more like a little arthouse film with occasional special effects. Director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and her usual cinematographer Elliot Davis made just about every velvety-textured shot look gorgeous. The acting ranged from good to fine. The script mostly worked for me, although there were a few moments that only made sense to me in a "well, the writers clearly want these character to be over here now" sort of way. And the music by the prolific Carter Burwell seemed perfect at least 90% of the time.
I'd say that I'm definitely looking forward to the next film in the series (there will be werewolves!), but sadly Hardwicke won't be directing it. Not that I have anything against Twilight 2 director Chris Weitz, but I don't expect the same visual sumptuousness from him.