Recently articles have been triumphing that the little indie movie that could is springing into the engine to conquer. Each day I am hearing more and more about older audiences getting hooked on the story. Why such an older pull? It’s the roles of the men in the book or on film.
The story points out forgiveness and betterment during all four books. Each character struggles with selfishness and self-absorption but manages to conquer it for better good. In our real world we are faced every day with the perceptions of the roles of men. Twilight takes these head on.
Carlisle’s struggle starts very early on when he falls into the pattern set by his Father. He joins a crazed mob and ends up a victim of the thing he chased. He could have become like the monster but he understood that it was not the choice for him. He could have wallowed and become savage but chose not. He meets each action and choice with the focus on the better good. His character is representative of what we would expect from an upstanding man. He protects, provides and directs his Family. These are the roles we often attribute to the Patriarch of a family. He definitely sees the best out of situations and is willing to evaluate and maneuver things accordingly. Emmett is the protective big brother who sees every day as another opportunity to try and do his best. He may seem like the class clown but his role is the role of the reliever and distracter. Every person in life has that one male friend that they can duck behind and allow to deflect. Edward’s role simply put is the boyfriend who can only focus on making sure that he doesn’t dishonor you. That’s a very traditional idea that is often forgotten. Charlie is the divorced man that still pines for the return to his family life. You see that when he begs Bella to stay. Even Billy Black from his wheel chair is a take-charge man. He tries to influence Bella’s choices.
In the past few years there have been very few movies that have given points of intelligence and strength to its male leads. The Twilight Saga does this by successfully allowing the characters to have real personality traits that can develop into well-rounded likeable people. All of these features are what allows for an older audience to connect to the men in the series.