The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Stephenie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Chaske Spencer, Mackenzie Foy, Maggie Grace, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Sheen
Synopsis: 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.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity
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Hallujah! The final Twilight film is here! Yay!
If I had to sum up my thoughts on the entire "Twilight" movie series in one word, then I'd have to go with the word, "disappointing." Why do I say this? As I stated earlier in my review of the last movie, there's really no excuse for "Twilight" not to deliver arguably one of the greatest love stories ever told. I mean lets look at the facts for a minute. Unlike most romantic films, "Twilight" has the distinct advantage of having it's story told through five movies; which should lend itself very well into giving any screenwriter and/or director time, to flesh out the characters. Sadly, this never happens. Edward is still boring as hell. Jacob has gone from sad and pathetic to now a possible pedophile. Plus, to make matters worse, Bella is....well she's still Bella.
To be honest, I'm not even sure what's wrong with this series anymore because one might think that maybe it could be better if they had a better cast, and possibly a better director at the helm. However, the results of each film is always the same. Plus, it's not like Robert Pattinson can't act. Hell, his performances in "Water for Elephants" and "Remember Me" were very good, yet in all the "Twilight" films, Robert comes off as lousy of an actor as someone like Jean Claude Van-Damme. Some may ask, "why is it that Robert Pattinson can't seem to act that well in any of these movies?" The same can be said of Taylor Lautner, who isn't a bad actor in his own right....at least that's what some people tell me.
Plus, it's not like this film series was botched up by some moronic director that didn't know what the hell he/she was doing... No, this movie series had four different directors at the helm, so what could possibly be wrong with it? You can't tell me that one of them couldn't produce one good "Twilight" film. I mean that would be statistically impossible to say the least. Well to be fair, the first one was fairly decent for what it was. Sure, it still had it's flaws, but not a bad film nonetheless. Unfortunately, that's more than I can say about the sequels to it.
The sad thing is...this series never lives up to it's full potential. If I had to guess the exact reason behind why the "Twilight" movie franchise fails at being an epic love story, I'd have to point to the screenwriter herself, Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the script for all the films. Not only is the dialogue a complete cliched bore, but the characterization in this movie is just utterly sad. At no point, did the film ever get me emotionally invested into it's characters. In fact, during some of the film's more tragic scenes, where it's meant to make the audience invested emotionally for it's drama, the sad thing is that during those same moments people were actually laughing. Yes, even the "Twihards" that I had the misfortune to sit next to were laughing their little heads off at these same scenes. Yet, weren't they supposed to be dramatic? It felt that way as you watch it play out in the film, but it never turns out that way.
Not only is that sad, but it's kind of pathetic. Now before a million "Twihards" start saying, "Blah blah, how dare you insult anything that is 'Twilight!' Shame on you! Stephenie if a f***ing genius, and your nothing more than a no talent stupid jackass writing reviews online." Please, hear me out on this. First of all, if you love this series, then that's great. Seriously, I'm glad "Twihards" are passionate about this series; just like I'm happy that millions of comic book nerds find joy in getting all giddy about all the superhero films coming out these days. If you love something, then that's wonderful. Just don't expect me to feel the same way.
Having said all that, I know some "Twilight" haters have cited that it's because the source material is bad already to begin with; hence the mediocrity in the "Twilight" movies. However, since I haven't read any of the books, I won't bother criticizing Stephenie Meyer's novels. No, my business is to only discuss the films, so we'll leave it at that.
To be honest, every time I watch one of these films, I can't help but see the potential of what each one could've been; versus what it actually is. If you stop to think about it, "Twilight" has all the elements in it's own premise to create arguably one of the greatest love stories of all time, as it deals with many complex universal themes that we can all relate to. It deals with elements like forbidden love, racism, war, sex, marriage, teenage angst, and etc. Heck, you even have a character like Bella, who's supposed to represent the average teenage girl. A mysterious vampire, who has a hidden past at first. And of course, we still have Jacob, who's the best friend that suffers from dealing with unrequited love throughout most of this series. How the hell do you not make this work in a movie franchise? Seriously, most screenwriters would kill to have those types of premises to work with, yet for whatever reasons, all these elements get lost in translation when it's adapted to film.
Don't get me wrong, I too laughed during most of the climatic battle scene at the end along with the "Twihards." However, if you watch the scene closely, it almost felt like Bill Condon and Melissa Rosenberg meant for that final battle scene to be every bit as epic as fight scenes you'd see in something like "Braveheart" or "Troy." But you want to know the key difference? In "Troy" and "Braveheart", you still felt something for the characters. Granted both those films were flawed, and cliched ridden. Plus, not to mention there was a lot of one dimensional characters in both films, yet both still managed to convey a story that made their audiences feel SOMETHING for the main protagonists. Whereas "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2", it fails to even get even it's own fans emotionally invested enough to take the battle scene seriously.
But to be fair, I will admit the final fight between the Cullen family and their friends against the Voultris was very well choreographed, and featured surprisingly good special effects. However, as I stated earlier, the film suffers from a mediocre script; which in turn hinders many of the acting performances in this movie.
In the end, I wouldn't go on record saying that any of the films are among the worst that I've seen, nor would I say the franchise deserves the hatred it gets sometimes. But, I'd be lying to a lot of people if I said this franchise wasn't abysmally over hyped. Sure, I can see why a lot of young teenage to preteen girls would love this franchise, but the quality of the films themselves aren't worth the hype it receives either. Hell, the first one was arguably the best of the movies, yet even that one was over hyped as well.
(Warning: Possible Spoiler Alert in this paragraph) Also, I know it's explained in the movie about Jacob falling in love with Bella's child, Renesmee,...er I..I..I mean "IMPRINTING" on her; allegedly saying that his attraction to Bella was really due to his attraction to her future daughter. Sure, Stephenie Meyer does try to explain in various interviews saying how it means Jacob merely becomes her protector, and how it's not creepy...yet...they end up together as a couple later in the film, after Renesmee grows up. Plus, it doesn't really help when Edward tells Jacob that he knows he'll always watch after her if anything happens to him; while Jacob replies asking if he can call Edward...DAD?!? Um...I'm sorry, but I mean this with no disrespect towards Stephenie Meyer...but what in the heck made you think that was a good idea to put into the story? Now, I can forgive the lackluster effort to not even bother researching traditional Vampire lore, as she even admitted she did no research on that before writing her books. Heck, I can even forgive her for having fans that would openly condemn anyone that dares to say one bad thing about "Twilight." But, I can't overlook the fact that the whole Renesmee and Jacob pairing is not only wrong on a lot of levels, but it's kind of creepy. If anything, I'm starting to wonder if Stephenie Meyer has issues or something, but I won't delve into that, as I'm only here to review the film itself and nothing more.
Overall, if you're a huge fan of the series, then you'll still love it. It still features some of the same elements that the last few films had, and the pedophilia concept with Jacob and Renesmee is underplayed; although it's still creepy to think about. As for the rest of the world that might've hated "Twilight", then I'd stay away from this one altogether; unless you're just looking for a good laugh with your buddies to make fun of this one. In the end, I'd have to give this movie a two and a half out of four. The epic climatic battle did make me laugh a lot, at how seriously it tried to take itself, but it's a shame it couldn't get me emotionally invested into it's story line like I was hoping for.....sad...
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