- Starring: Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Taylor Lautner (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D) and more.
- Directed by: Bill Condon (Dreamgirls)
- Synopsis: “In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster ‘The Twilight Saga’, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal. But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.”
- Rated: Rated PG-13 for sensuality, violence and some disturbing images.
Finally, the end is here! (at least we hope) 😉
It’s no secret that I am no fan of Twilight, Kristen Stewart, sparkling vampires or much else of anything of the “Twilight” persuasion. I mean, if you want to watch something about vampires and werewolves, there is so much better material out there. But, this is not a movie about vampires and werewolves as much as it is a love story that just so happens to take place among them. That being said, I did my best to venture into the theater to watch this movie as objectively as I could.
And I succeeded in my objectivity…for almost a full minute. 😀 I am at least happy to report that this movie met up to my expectations. However, those expectations were quite low. The following includes my thoughts on the conclusion of The Twilight Saga and why you should or should not go see it. Enjoy! 😉
- Horrible CGI (Computer Generated Images)…and I mean, horrible. It is a shame that such a BILLION dollar franchise lacks in the ability to produce a non-freakish looking baby that is all CGI. Could they not a find a human baby to use? Seriously!
- More of Kristen Stewart’s staple wide-eyed, open-mouthed empty stare…and laughable acting. Granted, I have heard from fans of the book that Stewart is pretty much what they’d expect from the character of Bella. But, if that’s the case, add ANOTHER reason as to why I won’t be reading the books anytime soon. (Tied in with the inclusion of several other ridiculous, or, to be fair…forgettable additional characters.)
Granted, the entire cast tried to give Kristen Stewart acting tips. Not sure it helped though. 🙂 WATCH-
- Most of the acting, as a matter of fact, is no more spectacular than the acting seen in the first Twilight movies. It’s a shame too. The likes of Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke and more are as cold in emotion as a vampire is. (Perhaps that’s the point.)
- Author Stephanie Meyers, of course, has freedom to write whatever she wishes. But while the changes made in vampirism is original, yes, they are also odd and, at times, just weird. For example, some of the vampires now have X-Men like mutant powers. That’s cool and all, but it is a little overdone in this film/series. (Other weird things aside from sparkles, sprinkles, and superpowers such as Imprinting, which makes it okay for Team Jacob to be infatuated/in love (?) with Bella’s daughter)
- Ludicrous moments. I guess it could be said that Twilight is a laughable comedy/rom-com at best as the love story is present and the bonds of love (familial, friendly, parental, etc) that make their mark are partnered with the likes of:
- (a) the boy who cried wolf, Taylor Lautner, who must be allergic to shirts that fit, or any shirts at all for that matter,
- (b) Super-powered Kristen Stewart tackling a mountain lion and punching rocks,
- (c) watching the actors pretend to interact with a fake baby, and
- (d) the rest of the vampires who sit around in the house doing nothing but stare at each other and talk in a rather monotone/undead manner.
FEAR NOT, though. I aim to be fair!… Here are 5 reasons that may help you justify watching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn pt 2
- Alice is Hot!
- A cool fight scene that breaks the monotony and comatose state of the story and attention of the viewers and rewards them for sitting through so many droll movies that go practically nowhere.
Throughout half of the movie, the Cullens work to assemble a team of vampire/mutant warriors to stand on their side against the Vampire executive/executionary branch (essentially). The culmination of their efforts leads to a battle in the snow with surprises, shocking deaths, and, oddly enough, satisfaction to an extent. I actually did enjoy the whole epic battle scene that die-hard twihard fans are all in an uproar about because apparently it doesn’t happen in the book. If you are a twihard and you undoubtedly go to see this movie, the epic battle scene is easily explained. Settle down. Once you see the film, you will understand and appreciate it “staying true” to the book if you will. I will say, though, that this little “deviation” is one of the only things this film has going for it (aside from it being the conclusion…and an open-ended one at that).
- Alice is Hot!!
- It’s tree-friendly. “Treehuggers Anonymous” will enjoy the movie as there is an unending amount of panning shots that show off tons of trees in the forests.
Suffice it to say, there’s not much to celebrate during the film, but there sure is quite a bit to rejoice over at the end: namely, the credits as they signify the end!
At least we can say goodbye to the “Teams”, the interesting, but disappointing take on vampires and werewolves, messages of not being satisfied with oneself (Bella’s incessant pouting sessions of being a “normal teenager”) and horrible in-motion stills of expressionless vampires!
*Disclaimer: This review may have been a little juvenile, but then again, so is the movie. Hope you enjoyed. It truly was more fun to write than to watch!
Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt 2 (just .5 higher than Part 1)
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–T, The Focused Filmographer
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