OK, so I’m going to attempt NOT to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read the books, but this is more for people who have actually seen the film already so I’m going to do the gratuitous *SPOILER ALERT* anyway.
We wen’t to see Breaking Dawn on the 23rd and it was causing us quite a bit of excitement. I’m not a big fan, but the angsty teenager in me absolutely LOVES this sort of stuff and I’m a total film-freak anyway so any excuse!
Usually the films are alright. To be honest, even though Stephanie Meyer’s writing isn’t fantastic, the basic plotline wasn’t bad, and the film-makers often do a really good job of condensing it into an easier-to-enjoy format with more action in a shorter space of time. However… This film was possibly the second hardest thing I’ve had to watch, the first being Paranormal Activity. It was apparent that Bill Condon wanted to do “something a bit different” with it. The lighting has become less and less “Twilighty” (Think the blue hues and mistiness of the first film) and the first couple of scenes before the wedding scene just lost their “realness”.
The dream scene about 10 minutes in was HORRENDOUS. Usually, the director has put it into a very real setting. I mean, when you dream, you can actually picture the surroundings pretty well, at least for the most part, and if you can’t, they’re fuzzy. But in the dream sequence, the surroundings were non-existent and replaced by a plain white background… It looked visually striking, but at the same time was just so incompatible with the nature of the saga. You can’t go from the admittedly rather pretty dream sequences to some sort of modern surrealism like that… It just doesn’t fit.
*SERIOUS SPOILER FOR NON-READERS THIS POINT ONWARDS*
Another thing that really made the film physically difficult to watch is the birth scene. This isn’t because of the goriness of the situation (That I can deal with… I’m actually a real fan of Tarantino) but because of the way it was done. The idea was really clever, attempting to take the half-conscious Bella’s perspective, fading in and out, but it just got far too much. It wasn’t offensive to the eye as such, but it really was tricky to keep your eyes on the screen for that length of time…
OK, a little more critique and then I’ll mention one or two really good parts… The CGI “internal transformation” sequence again REALLY did not fit with the feel of the story. I understand that you need to know that Bella IS still alive (Part 2 would be a bit pointless without her) but there’s got to be a more effective way to portray that rather than just resorting to a messy and unrealistic demonstration. Maybe just cut it out even? I mean, there’s a physical transformation soon after which is far more Twi-pliant. Why bother with the blood change? It’s obvious what happens anyway, and for people who haven’t read it, it builds the suspense!
Right, the baby. I’m sorry, but there’s a limit to how much you can use CGI before it becomes stupid. The poor girl looked like she’d come out of a video game or maybe even a Dreamworks film (No offense intended to Dreamworks, it’s just the compatibility issue again) Why NOW do we get bombarded with Computer generated characters when in the first few films it was limited to what the film REQUIRED. I mean, it’s fairly hard to get giant wolves and train them, but a baby? Come on, Bill, really?
Negatives over now. There were one or two scenes that I LOVED in terms of cinematography. Edward’s flashback to his past was done really nicely. I loved the old-film style and it just looked really slick. Points for that one Mr. Condon! The life-flashing-before-eyes scene near the end was done beautifully. I loved how there was the mix of clips from the first three films AND some new ones to keep you watching. Wasn’t a MAJOR fan of the imprint scene, but I don’t think there’s a better way of doing it to be honest. It’s a difficult concept to grasp on film. Also, i think the honeymoon scenes were done really well (you know, between the sex and the sudden shift to OMG YOU’RE WHAT?!?!) as they were visually comical and just captured Bella’s attitude perfectly and the look on Edward’s face through most of that? That made me laugh so hard!
Anyway, as a film I don’t particularly rate it. Condon has tried to push it WAY too far and it just lost the sense of the Twilight stories. This is all solely based on the filming of it… it seemed fairly accurate to the book (from what I remember) so no problems there. Don’t worry, Twilight fans! I’m sure you’ll still love it! I know people who do! I just take things like this apart. ;)
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