December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 8, 2012

Breaking Dawn (2011)

When it's over, if you haven't seen the previous films, don't bother with this fourth installment of the Twilight series, which continues the courtship between a vampire named Edward (Robert Pattinson) and his human love, Bella (Kristen Stewart). I think breaking the book into two films was a way to drag the viewer through an endless series of slow moving scenes.  Director Bill Condon tries his best to bring to the screen a book that lacked any real substance while trying to maintain a PG rating.  The pivotal love scene and the bloody birth of half-vampire half-human baby, Renesmee, could have been better delivered, but with actors whose talents are just “so-so” in a film where the rating can't be compromised, the film looks “wishy-washy” and completely forgettable.  The battle between the Cullens and the Wolves was poorly shot, and even with the help of CGI, the whole scene was a disheveled mess comprised of various inter cuts and fast moving clips that are so fast, they seemed out of focus.  The characters weren't being developed, instead, they became fixtures in scenes rather than the actual motivators of the scenes.  For example, Bella asked Rosalie, who has always given Bella the cold shoulder, to help her, and the next thing we know, Rosalie becomes Bella's protector without any explanation to the sudden change in their relationship.  Another problem with the film was Edward and Bella's chemistry and the lack of it.  The love story between the young couple is suppose to be the driving force of the Twilight franchise, and yet, I found their chemistry dwindling in this fourth installment.

My rating: 2 out of 5

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