Calling all Twihards
Lovers, losers, lions, lambs: We made it. The first Twilight movie is now officially 10 years old. Catherine Hardwicke’s introductory entry in the film series adapting Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenally popular vampire YA romance novels hit theaters (and launched Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to outrageous new levels of superstardom) on Nov. 21, 2008. Now, a decade later, EW can confirm that the film has withstood the test of time — and then some! Here’s our sweet 16 of people, places, and things from the first chapter of this exceptionally sparkly franchise that still shine bright in our memories.
Edward's gray peacoat
Edward Cullen’s gray peacoat requires no introduction. Just look at this photograph: Dorky normal high school boys fade into blurry oblivion in the jacket’s very presence. There’s only one shade of gray in our hearts, and this vamp is wearing it.
Those misty Pacific Northwest landscape shots
When Twilight isn’t broody teens, it’s moody landscapes. Now, doesn’t this look like the perfect place to fall in forbidden love?
Yes, she’s in it! Yes, she’s hilarious!
When the Cullens walk into the cafeteria
Here’s an exercise for everyday life: Whenever entering a room full of people, try channeling Rosalie Cullen (Nikki Reed), looking flawlessly ’08 in her heavily sandblasted jeans and fully buttoned blazer, sauntering into the high school cafeteria in slow motion. That is how you enter a room. That is how you enter a movie.
Bella's enormous mittens
Bella is almost killed while standing still (classic clumsy B!), and Edward zooms across the parking lot to stop an out-of-control van barreling toward her with his bare hands, or whatever, but look at her mittens! They’re wild! Who wears mittens that cozy when it’s not even cold enough to necessitate covering your ears? It’s hysterical!
The boy hair
Nice try, Bella, but loose waves? In a teen romance? Groundbreaking. Everybody knows that the longest, most luscious hair in Forks belongs to these smoldering gentlemen.
Bella's extensive pre-existing knowledge of the entire Forks High School curriculum
Uh, anaphase, obviously, I could have ID’ed that slide in my sleep.
Twilight’’s soundtrack has aged about as much as its glittering heroes, and we love it still. It is genuinely great. Stephenie Meyer personally insisted on Muse. Kristen Stewart personally insisted on Iron & Wine. Robert Pattinson personally sang an actual song! If you listen to the Twilight soundtrack and fail to be transported to an especially rainy day in 2008, something has gone hideously awry.
Mushroom ravioli, please
If you have ever wanted any dish on planet Earth more than the mushroom ravioli that Bella eats in this quaint fairy-lighted restaurant after Edward rescues her from catcallers, then honestly you are not and never have been a Twilight fan, and we all see right through you.
The website where Bella learns about vampires
Also, the Myspace it links to. Also: Did Bella have a Myspace?
Charlie and his beers
Bella may spend all her time hanging with the Cold Ones, but Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), iconic movie dad, rarely appears in a frame without a cold one. Like father, like daughter, right? Right?
The forest scene
Good luck watching Edward and Bella’s climactic forest scene even once and then resisting the urge to sprinkle quotes from it in casual conversation in the weeks to come. As if you could outrun me!
"We matriculate a lot"
Honestly, this moment is very funny. Great wall art, great commentary.
The baseball game
There is absolutely nothing not to love about the baseball-in-a-thunderstorm scene, from Alice’s balletic windup to Esme’s hat’s awkward fit over her voluminous vamp hair to, of course, the film’s most indelible music cue, “Supermassive Black Hole.”
The bad-guy gang
We feel obligated to make some cursory acknowledgment of the (important?) subplot about these bad guys killing people in the woods, which culminates in a dramatically mirrored climax in a ballet studio. So let’s take a moment for the bad-guy gang, all of whom have great style. Our apologies to Victoria, who was denied continuity when recast (Bryce Dallas Howard taking over from Rachelle Lefèvre) in later installments for we know not what reason. We love you, bad guys. We would tell you to never change, but you probably never will anyway, considering you’re vampires.
Shoutout to Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who briefly appears at the prom wearing a loose tie over a half-unbuttoned shirt, trying to convince Bella not to go to the prom with Edward. Your moment is coming, Jacob. We’ll see you in New Moon. Once that confrontation is over with, though, we just get everyone’s favorite half-bloodsucking teen couple taking part in everyone’s favorite high school rite of passage. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” plays, and it’s beautiful. Bella wears Converse and a bejeweled cardigan, and it’s questionable. All is right with the world. Goodnight, Twilight.