Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two

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I remember the first time I picked up the Twilight books.  It was in year ten, I was trying desperately to procrastinate study for my forthcoming Maths exam and well, that was all that was left in the ‘young adult’ section of my local library that I hadn’t managed to get my hands on (I was what you’d call a bit of a bookworm back in the day…OK let’s be honest, that hasn’t changed).  It seemed OK, but I distinctly remember at the time being skeptical about a vampire called Edward.  How old fashioned!

Of course, as with every other 16 year old girl who picked up the book, I became obsessed.  I didn’t care that Edward was a fictional character, and that pretty much every characteristic he had was essentially Meyer giving the finger to proper vampire-lovers the world over, I was enthralled.  And when I found out six months later that there were two more books in the series available, with a third to be released?

Well.  Things got crazy.  Like I said, I was a super cool 16 year old.

Although I fit the demographic for Twilight to a tee, being a self-absorbed teenage girl who just wanted to fall in love with someone beautiful (and have them love me back so that I could laud it all over my peers, ha!), looking back it makes me sad that what gave me such joy then, doesn’t give it to me anymore.

Because, as I have sadly learnt, the older you get, the wiser you are…and the greater ability you have to detect badly produced work.

That basically sums up how I felt about Twilight by the time the 5th film came out.  But, for the sake of the series, and for the sake of my sixteen year old self, I dragged my arse and saw the final film.

OK, it wasn’t that bad the whole process.  My friend and I did, after all, quickly learn the joys of seeing a sub-par film.

The Good:

  • The twist.  The ending of the book is rather yawn-inducing, and would have been far worse in film form, so kudos to Bill Condon for adding that fun twenty minutes.  For those who haven’t seen the film yet, I won’t give it away, but expect some badarse moves from Alice.  Sweet.
  • The flashbacks.  I actually thought this was really sweet.  It was nice seeing the brief recapping of the past 5 films, basically summing up their relationship.
  • Taylor Lautner’s abs.  I’m not a Jacob fan but hey, I won’t say no.

The Bad:

  • The acting.  Which was never going to be a surprise, but it’s still…so bad.  I feel like actors from Home and Away and Neighbours would watch this film and shake their head in disgust.  Which is saying something.
  • The hunting scene.  What the hell was with the special effects?  Surely if they can produce a dozen highly detailed moving CGI wolves they can put a little more money into making Bella and Edward running fast.  I dunno what the heck the process was for this, but it looked like K-Stew and Rob Pattinson were told to run, in slow motion, in front of a blue screen.  Absolutely terrible.  And then, to make matters worse, we then had to witness K-Stew hunting, which reinforces my above comment about horrendous acting.
  • The storyline.  At times it was too slow, while at other times it seemed disjointed and unconnected, while even at times I felt like I was missing out on something.  I remember really loving the bit in the book where we find out everyone’s wicked cool talents, yet this was kinda ignored in the film.  Plus, considering Bella is a bit of a failure for the first 4 films, it would have been nice if they had emphasised the fact that she herself has a wicked cool talent that basically saves everyone’s lives because, since becoming immortal, Bella has become a bit of a boss.  But noooo
  • Bella’s lullaby.  It’s been 5 films, ten hours and who knows how many renditions of Bella’s freaking lullaby.  It was great in the first film, but that does not mean every director since then has the right to play it on repeat, minimum 10 times during each film, to reinforce the connection that Bella and Edward have.  Bad directors, bad.
  • The script.  What the hell Melissa Rosenberg?  How can you write such witty material for Dexter, only to produce lines like “Can I call you Dad?”  Just.  No.

While I realise my review is a tad harsh, and I know that some people actually really enjoyed it, overall I feel that the franchise let itself down.  While having screaming 14 year olds being associated with your brand is never going to be ideal, each new director that joined the team hasn’t made much of an effort to make their mark, except for different opening and closing credits.  Sure, it might be because I’m not a screaming teenager myself, but a large part of me knows that even sixteen year old wouldn’t be impressed…which is saying something, as, if I recall correctly, I also used to be a fan of My Chemical Romance.

Will Ferrell’s Take On The Twilight Saga

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For those who live under a rock, or far more likely, just don’t give a toss about Twilight, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson broke up recently.  In a really messy, public way.  Why?  Because she’s a dirty home-wrecking ho-bag.

So what does this mean for The Twilight Saga?  Sure, K-Stew was already severely disliked for her terrible acting ability, but how can we have empathy for an actress who metaphorically shot herself in the foot when she slept with a man twice her age; a man who was also the director of her last film (Snow White and The Huntsman, don’t watch it, it was very ‘meh’), and, oh yeah, a man who had a wife and kids.

Nice one, K-Stew and Rupert Sanders.

Ideally of course, if the real-life counterparts of Edward and Bella were going to break up, it would have been before the second film, New Moon.  So does this mean that the Twilight Saga is, to coin a phase, up shit creek without a paddle?  Or, do we want to be honest with ourselves here, and admit that perhaps Kristen Stewart ruined the saga as soon as she stepped onscreen (refer to comment about horrendous acting skills)?

And, more importantly, what will happen with the image of K-Stew and R-Pattz?

Well, all these issues and more were addressed by comedian Will Ferrell, who was on the Conan O’Brien show, promoting his new film, The Campaign.  Let’s be honest, Will Ferrell treats the situation in the best way possible: if you’re going to be a dirty home-wrecking ho, who can’t act to save yourself, and cheat on your boyfriend, then we’re all going to point at you, laugh and call you a stupid tosspot.

Enjoy!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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As we all know (even those crazy fools who aren’t fans know), the first half of the last book of the Twilight series hit screens around the world as pre-teens screamed their little hearts out.

Might I add that here at Set In Motion we do not condone pre-teen heart screaming of any kind, but we do approve of Robert Pattinson on the big screen.  And so, like the dutiful fan girl that I am, I went to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.  So what did I think?

Now, like almost ALL books, the film adaptation doesn’t compare, and sadly I found that this was the case, once again, with Twilight.  However, it should definitely be noted that there were aspects that I enjoyed immensely, and while I didn’t get as excited as I did for the original Twilight (although saying that, I WAS 17 when the first film came out and got excited relatively easily…although saying that, I still do), I didn’t think it was the worst of the movie adaptations so far.  We did, after all, get to FINALLY see that sex scene that we’ve all been waiting for, not to mention Bella’s wedding dress, Isle Esme and the procreation of Edward and Bella.  Oh, and Stephenie Meyer dropped in for an appearance as well.

To get a feel of what is what like to be there in the flesh, check out Kim’s post HERE where she reports live with all the latest rumours surrounding the film.

So overall, what was my opinion of this film?  Drum roll please…

The Good

  • Bella’s dress.  There were aspects of it that I found a bit “meh” but I thought the back was stunning, and unlike the ring (don’t get me started) it seemed true to the book and the era that it was meant to be imitating.
  • Speaking of, this film stayed true to the book.  Hallejuah!  Sure, there were aspects that were missing, but considering the size of the book, even split into two films they couldn’t have covered everything.  And what they made sure to cover they covered well (anyone else reminiscing that dream that Bella had?)
  • The honeymoon.  Um, did anyone else decide then and there in the movie theatre that they were going to toss all morals aside and marry a fabulously rich husband, receding hairline or no, just so they could have their own island off the coast of Brazil?  No-one?  Huh, that must of just been me.  That house!  That view!  That waterfall!  Thank you for that, producers of Breaking Dawn, because on the slightest off-chance that I wasn’t already pining for Edward Cullen (ha!) you had to add “has connections to awesome private island”  to the list.  And people wonder why we fall for vampires…
  • The CGI.  OK, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I was actually a little scared of the werewolves in this instalment.  I know, I know, they aren’t real and even if they were, as if the vampires wouldn’t defeat them.  But there was something a little bit terrifying about them, wasn’t there?  Particularly when werewolf Sam decided to really show his power.  Eek!
  • The makeup.  They made Bella look sick, they made her look glowing and happy on her wedding day (hard feat when it comes to Kristen Stewart) and they made her look, literally, flawless when she transitioned.  Amazing stuff make-up guys.  Come hang out at my house please?
  • While Bella was pregnant.  I thought this bit was, while the most painful to watch, incredibly well done.  In the book Stephenie Meyer definitely conveys how unhealthy and sickly Bella is during her pregnancy, but some things do not compare.  That scene where Bella goes to have a bath and we see how truly skinny she was?  And the look on Edward’s face?  Actually heart-breaking, and horrifying, all in the one moment.
  • That little bit at the end.  Because in case you thought everything was perfect, this scene reminded you that the Volturi will be back in town.  And they want the shiny new aspects of the Cullen Family.
  • Edward Cullen.  Because, four movies on, millions of annoying screaming fans, and countless mocking later, we still love him.  Because at the end of the day, he is the man of everyone’s dreams, isn’t he?

The Bad:

  • The hair.  It doesn’t seem like a bit deal, but it was.  What on earth was going on with Alice’s, Jasper’s, Rosalie’s and especially, Carlisle’s hair this instalment?  To quote one fan girl, it looked like something had died atop of Carlisle’s hair.  And somehow they had managed to make Rosalie look unattractive, which is saying a fair bit since the last time I checked, Nikki Reed was a stunner.  Anyone else agree?
  • That werewolf scene.  Honestly, my girlfriends and I did come to the conclusion that not much could be done about this scene, but the whole werewolves and voices over the top thing just didn’t really work.
  • The acting.  Sorry K-Stew but I’m never going to like your acting.  Sure, you did emancipated, anaemic and dying really well, but you didn’t even crack a smile when you walked down the aisle and saw Edward Cullen looking back at you.  And for that reason, and reason alone, I was never going to like your acting style.  Sorry.
  • The dialogue.  Some parts of it were good, and I appreciated that they tried to keep it light because the storyline could have very quickly spiralled into doom and gloom, but overall I thought that parts of the dialogue were forced, and that the humorous one-liners were much too obvious.  Melissa Rosenberg strikes again.
  • THAT sex scene.  Yes, it was good, but there was so much hype over it that I expected it to be better.  So sue me.  OK, honestly it might just be because I’ve read too much Twilight fan fiction.

What’s Next?

Considering this is part one, which means that we can assume there is going to be a part two, we have to ask ourselves, what next? Sure, we could deduce that it will be the second half the book, but where is the fun in that?  Now that we’ve seen Bella look absolutely flawless (not to mention terrifying with those red eyes of hers), will we also get to see her hunt, and do other, funner, vampire things?

What about Jacob and baby Reneesme?  Can they make their relationship likeable, rather than creepy?  And how do they plan on ageing Nessie so quickly?  Although that could be one of the reasons why they decided to wait a whole twelve months between instalments…

Personally, I’m looking forward to the Volturi returning, and us finding out the full extent of Jane and Alec’s wicked talents.  Plus, I want to see Bella more assertive, all the other vampires and their fun special skills…and, not to mention, the first time Bella and Edward see their cottage.

Overall, Breaking Dawn wasn’t the first film of the year I’ve seen, not even the worst of the month, but unfortunately it won’t make my top five.  What did you think?  Let me know what your favourite, and least favourite bits were, whether your Team Edward or Team Jacob and how you felt about all the crucial moments, like the Honeymoon, the Wedding and the Transformation.

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Swoon-(image taken from http://www.cdn.screenrant.com)

The Host

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Although it technically isn’t a part of The Twilight Saga, I still think it’s important to note that Stephenie Meyer’s other bestselling book, The Host, will be hitting our silver screens in the future.

For those who haven’t read The Host I definitely suggest giving it a try.  It’s very different from Twilight but still has the common thread of a romance, which keeps all us hopeful romantics something to sigh about.

The Host is set in the future where the world’s human population is mostly controlled by aliens.  Wait a moment.  Please hear me out.  Basically, these aliens are like “parasites” and they can latch onto any creature’s brain and take over their body.  When this happens the actual person within the body becomes erased and eventually disappears altogether.  These aliens, called “Souls”, believe they are helping the world because they are passive and loving towards each other.

The main character in this book is a human called Melanie Stryder who has been overtaken by the Soul, Wanderer.  Wanderer’s job is to find out, through Melanie’s memories, where other “rogue” humans are hiding so that they can be converted too.  However, Melanie has an incredibly strong mind and refuses to leave, and eventually Melanie/Wanderer leave civilisation and find the other rogue humans.  By this stage though, Wanderer doesn’t know whether she cares for humans or not, and she may not even have the chance to leave.

Ok?  So now that we’re up to date with the storyline (and for the record this was the bare minimum so get on it and please read it ASAP and then tell me everything you loved about it), we can get to the nitty-gritty.  THERE’S GOING TO BE A FILM!

Now, before anyone complains about the quality of the Twilight Sage (shame on you for insulting our beloved Robert Pattinson), first hear me out.  They’ve already decided on a scriptwriter, Andrew Niccol, and they have cast Melanie.  They’ve gone for Saoirse Ronan.

Personally, even though I haven’t seen her work I think that she’ll do a terrific job.  Not only is she relatively new to the scene and therefore we can actually believe she is Melanie, but she has acting chops.  She’s been in Atonement, Hanna and The Lovely Bones (and if anyone has read or seen The Lovely Bones you’d understand how hard a role that would have been to play) and has been nominated for an Oscar.  And if that STILL doesn’t sell her for you, just check out the picture below.  Not only is she beautiful and fits the image of Melanie, but she also has that slight other-worldy look about her.  Can totally see her being overtaken by an alien, can’t you?

Another bonus (hopefully, fingers crossed) is that Stephenie Meyer wants to work really closely with this film.  Which would be awesome because it’d be interesting to see inside the mind of Meyer once again…

Thoughts?  Are you excited for The Host?  Do you think that Ronan is a good choice for Melanie?

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Melanie Stryder?-(image takne from http://www.images.starpulse.com)

Rob’s throwing a Halloween party!

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Rob Pattinson, aka the delightful Edward Cullen, decided to get into the ghouly festival spirit and is throwing a Halloween party for all the crew and cast of Twilight!

To make things even more interesting, Rob is hiring costume designers to create individual outfits for each person-lets just hope that no one gets stuck as a vampire or werewolf-boring!

Also around the rumour mill is that Rob bought girlfriend Kristen Stewart a gold ring with a red heart, very Edard-esque of him.  Let’s just hope it’s far nicer than the engagement ring that they use in Eclipse…

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Robert Pattinson-(image taken from http://www.gossipteen.com)

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