As long or short as my review will be, just hear me out on my rating- The first 20 minutes is awful, poor, weak, but the film soon does kick off, with some shoddy scripting, but its aura, its dark motif, its way, Guillermo Navarros photography blended with Condon's use of the camera, the performances, the visuals, the scope the ethic the whole shantung is rip roaringly searingly dark.
Though all previous incarnations and films have a different, style, a different vibe, a different look, and are also a tad dark, here its just unfathomable, to the decaying Bella, eaten away from illness carry the future heir of the Cullans. The whole setup and outcome of the love sequence was always going to be mused on, but for an audience that consists of 12-15 year old girls they need to bag the million, so after many steamy cuts and blood soaked cuts its a Twilight, but with a bite. Also the birth scene, also the action, also the comparisons to David Slades far racier, more action packed stunner, but here its a whole different aesthetic and story arc.
Bella and Edward are married, and head of to a sensual paradise to then to their dismay have produced, following thee is breaking of treaties, tears, blood, tension, sensuality, bonding, this is the story, the love of two eternal souls linked, to then be pushed into a further maligned scenario.
The film kicks off splotchy- with the franchises worst music by Carter Burwell, its often far too extreme, too pantomime-y far too staged and cliched, but when the orchestra and the deep brass kick in its full on.
The uniqueness about these series are, they are decently made spectacles, of a franchise that has girls swooning to see it, TwiHards, lovers of six packs, forbidden love, and that whole shtick, but what i love is the stories, the whole franchises arc, the evolution, the Directors of choice, they are cinematic nuances in history, each are abided with a director with style, sense, a rare portfolio- to me the first was poor- it didn't capture what the franchise needed- Enter Chris Weitz- due to my ignorance i felt he should helm the rest- ignorant of the notion that the studio held for separate visions, i felt his gold tinted lush aromatic architectural style should be rebounded. But if that the case to keep the same blantent palette and style the director helming would find roots or power in the sotry- take Brett Ratner, his interpretation of X-men 3 was not of his but- how would Singer do it?
All films hold dear to me- New Moon (4 stars) was my first experience with s Twilight film on screen, and it held a frenetic true story, it was a mix of a genre, it was executed perfectly, beautifully shot, Desplats score brought tears to my eyes- i was always more so attached to Jacob with Lautners underrated performance, my hate for Edward was just too fanboyish and needy. Eclipse (4.5 stars) was a leap in the absurdity that is action, in the world of Twilight it held onto the romanticist side, the usual Twilight tick list wish: SHIRTLESS, LONG SHOTS OF "'IM LOOKING AT YOU- AND I WANT YOU!"
The blend of action, meticulous story telling, not just being a movie for the fans of the novels but its attempting to bring in a new audience and to reel in future faithfuls. This being the worst of the lot- being branded in local news as "lacking bite" and bordering on "Paedophilia"- this shows the attention span of the fellow critic, who preconceived it being bad, not actual paying attention but trying to make a justify why its bad by saying .
" I liked the first 1 i gave it 4 stars" as if to say that's valid enough to show he "liked" it, but the rest are just mainstream guff, but its liable that he's not Twilight prejudice, but to me a twat- look him up Chris Tookay, the imprinting sequence to me being noe of the strongest sequences of the whole film is very well thought and and put on screen, but to compare it to being "paedophelic" is disastrously awful of him to interpret as that. Hes unquestionably the most ignorant, self centred, most awfully contrived reviewer on earth, Paedophilia doesn't come near to it- its about connection, love, faith, care, true love, its part of Bella, also it was the only way to save the young new born, it wasn't like the wolf version was humping the fucking baby.
The story and the love scene was always going to be tricky, but to sustain that long running tension, Condon handled it well, he wasn't over indulgent, it just kinda happened on screen- BOOM! You don't either feel disappointed or aroused as its quick, its just another part of the evolution, as there's more to a relationship then- when they fuck!
All i can say is, everybody will have a different opinion and view on the series and the handling, but this is strong as its the leading up to parenthood, the evolution of a miracle, the twists and turns in life and the tribes conducts with the vampires- the whole is well thought through, with mild mishaps with dialogue but its ever passionately made- the most triumphant in making you feel tear worthy and Lautner has come out of his shell as being a stereotypical hunk, Eclipse did nothing to help him at all, but this shows Lautner as a true actor.
Bill Condon shows all that he is great at, the hand that he has in horror, Candyman 2, drama, Gods and Monsters, and DreamGirls. It just shows what hes great at. and what he can bring to the plate, tension, a keen outlook on the series running, how to handle specific loop holes and how to keep the girls in check with their lists but to still create a movie, that is, yes EPIC.
Part 2- bring it on!