Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two


WRITTEN BY: Melissa Rosenberg
DIRECTED BY: Bill Condon
STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen
RATING: 3 stars

It has the world's most ridiculous title but probably one of the best fight scenes on film this year. Mass decapitations. What a brilliant idea. The final 20 minutes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two is fantastic. Characters loved and hated during the previous films are killed off in such a thrilling way. There's so much violence and yet no blood, of course, because they're all vampires. It's a great climax to the series.

At the start of the film, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is getting used to her new life and new powers as a vampire while she and Edward (Robert Pattinson) raise their daughter Renesmee, who Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is also keeping a close eye on. But when vampire Irina sees Renesmee and thinks she may pose a threat to the vampire species, she alerts the Volturi. Their leader Aro (Michael Sheen) is looking for an excuse to cause more trouble for the Cullen vampires and makes the journey with his army to destroy them. Meanwhile, the Cullens recruit old vampire friends and werewolves to help them prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not a threat in the hopes of preventing a vampire war.

I've been whinging about Twilight since the first book was released. I love vampire stories. They are spooky, sexy, mysterious and exciting. Unfortunately, the Twilight saga lacks a lot of those elements. The mass appeal of the books and films has always been lost on me. Give me True Blood, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries and even Christopher Pike's lesser known vampire book series for youngsters, The Last Vampire, any day over the Twilight saga.

What really annoyed me about the franchise is that the film makers chose to break up the final book into two films. It was so blatantly a money making exercise. The plot, while complex with its layers in part, could not sustain two full-length films. Hence, we had Breaking Dawn - Part One which was sappy and over the top romantic with nothing really happening until the end. Then, in this final instalment, the plot drags on again with broody characters standing around looking at each other like day time soap opera characters until the climactic battle scene, which by the way, has some more broody stares for 10 minutes before the action finally begins.

The performances are also lacklustre. Sheen is so over the top as Aro that it’s beyond ridiculous. He's a good actor, but not in this film. There was one moment when his reaction to something caused mass laughter from the audience but only because it was so bizarre. Also, and this is a completely vain point, but is Lautner ever going to sound like a man? He looked the part of a tough werewolf but every time he spoke I cringed. Seems he may have David Beckham Speech Syndrome. Surprisingly, Stewart is actually quite good in this film. It's by far her best performance from the franchise, perhaps because she is finally used to playing the character. Pattinson's performance is hardly memorable and the rest of the regular cast seem to be going through the motions too.

As passionate as some people are about the franchise, there are just as many Twilight haters. For them, this film finally concludes the series. For the Twihards, there will no doubt be regular movie marathons, but at least it will be in the privacy of their own homes and will not have to engulf everyone else in its hysteria.


1 comment:

  1. And finally the epic came to an end so perfectly as the flick goes from steaming romance to action packed drama this is surely a delig

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