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Non-Review Review: Twilight – Breaking Dawn, Part II

Here’s the thing. Despite all the derision that the Twilight films generate, they actually have any number of ingredients for a perfectly workable young adult horror romance. Despite the sizeable and significant flaws, and those fundamental issues that are very hard to overlook, the film does have a number of very clear thematic roots that can be traced back through horror cinema. The problem with Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II isn’t that it’s inherently cheesy or trashy or absurd. The problem is that it’s never enough of these things. It feels far too comfortable and too casual to ever really grab the viewer, and everything feels far too safe and generic to get any mortal’s blood pumping.

Baby trouble…

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Non-Review Review: Twilight – Breaking Dawn, Part I

Twilight tends to generate a great deal of controversy on the internet, which is something I’ve never really understood. After all, all aspects of fandom – movies, television, comic books, video games – tend to suffer from a mainstream prejudice, so it seems strange that Twilight should attract such a harsh response from fans of other niche culture. In fact, I’d subscribe to the argument that Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part I is just like any other major franchise film, like The Expendables or Transformers III. The only major difference is that it’s aimed at the female demographic rather than a male one. Keep in mind this isn’t a defense (it has many of the same weaknesses as those two films), but rather an observation – it’s something I’ve always found strange.

To have and to hold...

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Why They Have to Make a Twilight: Breaking Dawn Movie…

… and why it must be 100% faithful to the book.

I’m not a Twilight fan. I don’t have the same loathing for it that some do – I try to be a tolerant guy. My aunt and my little sister love the movies and the books, but even if there were unpleasant overtones in the film (give me one thing that isn’t wrong with the Bella-Edward relationship), it’s still the sparkling that rubs me the wrong way. I know I should be more concerned about the pedophilic implications or the abusive nature of the relationship, but I’m not. Vampires don’t sparkle. Anyway, I’m a live and let live sort of guy. My own tastes must appear quite esoterical to anyone viewing from the outside, so I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Still, I stumbled upon a discussion of the last Twilight novel, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, over at Cinematic Happenings Under Development and Rope of Silicon, which I thought actually make it seem like this movie might seem like some classic abstract David Cronenberg masterpiece.

We had an image to go with this, but it was just too intense...

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