Romy Shiller

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2

In Film, review on November 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.


Mahatma Gandhi

 

IMDB: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Director: Bill Condon

Writers: Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay), Stephenie Meyer (novel)

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

 

[I will talk about the story but I give nothing away.]

 

Here we go, AGAIN (Review of part 1) but for the last time [apparently – call me a cynic]. This is the final Twilight film in a series of five films. It deviates from the Stephenie Meyer’s novels in that Meyer and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg created a new climax to the story. Like the final Harry Potter film, it makes absolutely no difference what I say – fans are fans, you know? In this case fans of the series are called Twihards. If you are a Twihard, let me be clear: I’ve seen every film, I know vampires in many pop culture forms, but I am not a fan of the Twilight Saga – I am a fair critic though.

[The following plot points are well known, however if the story remains unknown to you, you might want to skip this paragraph.]

So this film begins where the last film left off. Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s daughter, has been born and a dying Bella has been transformed by Edward into a vampire. Irina, of the Denali coven misidentifies the human infant as an immortal and tells the Volturi. This leads up to an epic battle.

At Movies Online Pattinson said that even though the “franchise” has opened many doors for him, the term “franchise” is problematic for him: A franchise is a Burger King or a Subway. It’s not a movie. The people who start to say it are generally the people who are making money off of it. That’s how they refer to it. They love it when something has become a franchise. But, as an actor, I think it’s scary. You really, really feel like you have no control. I mean, it’s a huge juggernaut, especially when something becomes part of the cultural landscape in a way as well. It’s really scary because you get trapped and you get scared of changing, which is the worst thing that can happen if you want to be any kind of artist.

I wish his acting made that kind of good sense. The 26-year-old actor is set to star in five upcoming dramas for 2013.

The Toronto Star interviewed Stewart and Pattinson. Stewart commented on playing the same character for five years. (She was 17 when she started, now she’s 22):

“There are so many beloved moments in this series that we would think about for five years,” she said. “They weigh on you, whereas in a normal movie, you’ve got five weeks, five months. . . . We, for five years, have been waiting for the story to be told. And now that it is, I don’t want to say that I’m so excited that it’s done, because that sounds like I just don’t want to do it anymore…”

Yup. Move on – please. Unlike her busy sometimes boyfriend (Pattison), she is not scheduled to do much. She’s Dean Moriarty’s teenage bride in Walter Salles’ IFC Films adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road – that’s it.

‘Twilight’ director Bill Condon, right, poses with his film’s actors, from left, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

 

The director of the film, Condon (“Dream Girls,” “Gods and Monsters”) seems eager to move on to other projects. He says that his experience with this film is not “bitter-sweet.”

“It’s sweet,” he said. “Just sweet. Because I think it took up a good chunk (of time) and now it’s time to do other things. It was really pleasurable, and I learned a lot. But I’m really excited about moving on to something else.”

To me, the direction felt bored, very tired and kind of ambivalent really. Some people feel that this is the best Twilight film. To them I say, “Really?” I  wonder if I watched the same film as them.

Taylor Lautner was by far the best actor. He was not wooden or stale and was easy to listen to amidst predictable and choppy dialog. It is claimed that Stewart and Pattison evolved their acting styles over the years. Wrong.

The cinematography at the beginning of the film was interesting. Bella, being a newborn vampire had a heightened sense of vision and hearing. Both aspects were reflected in the film. This was done well.

Sucky cardboard characters, bad acting, whatever direction but who cares?

Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times says; The dialogue remains spotty and sappy, the effects still haven’t caught up to modern-day standards, but “Twilight’s” popularity is such that even when it falls short, it doesn’t seem to matter.

It does not matter at all.

 

 

 

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  1. wonderful review!!!….you certainly have a “knack” for writing a good one!!

    I loved it…..yup…even more (no..much more) than the movie.. BRAVO!!

    xo mom

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