It’s a rainy dreary day out in the woods and thunder roars across the sky as a young man rushes out of the house in anger. As he runs into the storm, he tears off shirt and shows off his six-pack abs before unleashing his rage as he transforms into wolf and rushes into the forest. No my friends this is not something from my imagination or something that happened in real life, this is the opening scene of the latest Twilight installment Breaking Dawn. The moment the movie showed this scene, a large number of giddy screams, whispered comments of desire, and an occasional howl at the abs. I immediately feared that I was subjecting myself to another mindless, bad acting, and teenage drama filled love story where the abs did more acting than the actual person. Now I know that any Twilight fan is going to still see the movie and there is a good chance you are going to love it. However I am still going to do my best to enlighten both fans and non-fans of the series and shed some light on this weekend’s sure to be box office hit. So put on a sweater, cuddle up on the couch, and read on if you wish to learn more.
As I’m sure you have seen on TV, Breaking Dawn centers on the story of Bella and Edward as they take the next step in their relationship, getting married. After a drama filled wedding and a honeymoon filled with sexual scenes, Bella finds herself pregnant with some type of unknown creature. Throughout the rest of the movie Bella’s life becomes more in danger and only her family and friends (namely Jacob) can help her attempt to get everything she wants.
Where do I start on this review? I guess the thing I should start out saying is that this movie is not as bad as I excepted to be, though I also don’t think it’s the best movie of the year as many advertisements and fans are saying. The acting in this movie is about the same as in the other installments mediocre at best. Robert Pattinson plays his usual sulking role really pouting more than speaking. The only thing that seems to bring out any emotion is Ms. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Stewart hasn’t deviated much from her role in the previous installments until the pregnancy scenes where her role focuses on sounding weak, getting fat, and rubbing her gut. The rest of the vampires get their limited time on screen, Rosalie (Nikki Reed) and Emmett (Kellan Lutz) and getting the more screen time than expected. These two, along with the rest of the Cullen crew still act to their usual style, Ashley Greene (Alice) being my favorite. Perhaps the acting that took me by surprise the most was Taylor Lautner who finally brought his acting talents back onto the screen. That’s right ladies, Lautner’s abs are stored for the winter with the exception of the opening scene and his acting has never been better. Unlike the book, the movie team decided to skip the whiney baby that Jacob was and head to the renegade rogue with a heart of gold. His supporting wolf crew as well does a decent job, though the rest of the tribe decides to go shirtless and show off their abs in various scenes of the movie.
So besides the acting what else was decent about this movie? Well for me it was nice to see the beautiful vampire girls get some screen time for once, though Pattinson and Lautner quickly worm there way back on the center screen. Past the pretty faces some of the dialog is also witty, especially Bella’s fathers lines that had me chuckling or laughing at various times in the movie. The wolf tribe as well adds some charisma to the movie, though a few of the scenes were overdramatic, glitchy, or just excuses to see Native American abs. I also have to applaud some of the CGI work in the movie as the team has done a nice job bringing the wolves to life as well as showing off some transformations to the characters, however it is nowhere close to the stuff we have seen in Transformers. Most of the movie was also filmed quite well as they captured the beautiful scenery portrayed in the movie.
Despite the number of decent things however, this movie was also filled with flaws, at least in my opinion. Number one was again most of the acting was the same and didn’t really impress me since I want sustenance behind the characters instead of looks. Fault number two lies in the dialog, which was very cheesy and teenybopper in nature. Although it was meant to be romantic and sweet, I found the dialog to be very shallow, boring at times, and eye rolling, though many of the teenage girls in the audience were in love with every breath the characters spoke. Those looking for an action path wolf vs. vampire fight will be disappointed, as the battle in this movie is much shorter than the one in its predecessor. Most of the fight is loss due to glitchy camera work, while the brief scenes we can actually follow involve nothing more than CGI jumps, an occasional lucky punch, and a few gnashing teeth. Now yes Twilight is certainly not about action, but still give the boyfriend who were dragged to the theater something to enjoy in this film. Regardless the last weaknesses for me were the scenes of sex and birth for this movie, which were a little more graphic than I was expecting and a little overdone as well.
To sum up this movie it is not as bad as many may have you to believe, but again it’s not the best movie to ever grace Hollywood. The acting has improved a little, some of the dialog is fun, and the CGI is done well. However, the teeny bopper romance is still only somewhat entertaining and is still drowned out by predictable love scenes, pretty faces, and of shallow love lines. Fans of the series will most likely say this is the best of the series as it does have the most strengths of the series. As a movie however, this movie is probably about a 6.0 overall. So until next time friends have fun and enjoy the movies and I’ll be reporting next time on Happy Feet Two.