The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part TwoMovies
Twilight sputters out
This giggle inducing shambles will titillate hard core twi hards but ultimately prove the very opposite of immortal.PT1M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-29e3g 620 349 November 15, 2012
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
- Release date
- 15 November 2012
- Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Action/Adventure
- Running time
- 115 min
- Bill Condon
- Screen writer
- Melissa Rosenberg
- Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Maggie Grace, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene
- OFLC rating
Directed by Bill Condon
Written by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
115 mins, Rated M, Cinemas everywhere
Sensual and smouldering ... Bella and Edward's romance steals the show in the final Twilight film.
After five movies, the series that brought abstinence back into vogue for teenagers concludes with a rebirth, a fair bit of tasteful sex within marriage, and a long and dramatic fight with the forces of darkness. Admittedly, the two people getting it on are dead, or undead, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy their newfound freedom. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) may have died at the end of Breaking Dawn Part 1, but her topaz eyes open as the first shot of the final film, revived by a vampire’s love. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) looks on with the gaze of a vampire who’s been waiting a long time for love. In vampire movies, if not in the lives of actors, romance can be permanent and perfect, and consummated in front of a log fire.
The final film satisfies on many levels. It is looser and funnier than its predecessors, less driven by boring action and fighting than the middle films and more confidently realised than its immediate predecessor. Bill Condon has relaxed into the story and characters, or perhaps he has earned the right to make it his way – albeit under the watchful eye of Stephenie Meyer, writer of the books, who has a prominent credit as producer.
The series was always about the eyes, rather than the fangs. There has rarely been a prettier group of actors assembled on a movie screen. The film’s sensual close-ups were a part of the meaning. The sensuality, the restrained smoulder, was newish in teen movies when the first film appeared four years ago. The series got tired along the way, veering into action and bad dog effects as the wolf pack Native Americans fought the middle-class vampires. The final film restores order and balance, with a firm grasp of what made the series exceptional in the first place: the belief, the insistence, that teenage love could be as dramatic, life-threatening and complicated as any other love story. It was not trivial, even if it was between vampires. That seriousness is the real achievement of the series.
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Read Paul Byrnes's full review on Friday