Tonight is the last critic-screening of the last chapter of the “Twilight” saga. Like most adoring fans waiting to get their first look at Breaking Dawn, I’m anticipating an exciting experience this evening. In addition, I’m also surfing the web, to see what critics might be saying or leaking about the film.
E! News has published some interesting comments from critics who have seen early previews of the movie. As I perused through the E! News report, several remarks are worth mentioning.
“The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy remarks, “The final installment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants.” While Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, writes, “I can’t deny that I didn’t care very much for the four other movies. For the most part, they were poorly made and badly acted. Also, all that girl falls in love with [is] a soppy vampire, then a second suitor turns up who turns into a werewolf got on my nerves. But somehow the final film has stuff to say about love, friendship and loyalty that works.”
Variety’s Justin Chang notes, “Credit should go to a jaw-dropping extended climax that will give fans something to chew on.” Chang further remarked that “some men in the audience might find themselves actually enjoying [the movie].
AP movie critic, Christy Lemire remarks, “Finally – finally!, “Twilight” franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over the top conclusion.” Whatever she meant by that comment is anybody’s guess, but to give her credit, she does go on to say, “This is by far the best film in the series.” Well, for whatever that’s worth.
Now I know those comments don’t really say much, however, on the other hand I suppose one could argue, they say enough.
Anyway, the most important method fans can use to gauge the quality of this film is to simply take a look at director, Bill Condon’s resume. After all, most films stand and fall as a result of a director’s ability to tell a good story. Condon’s resume tells us he can.
The 57-year-old screenwriter-director received critical acclaim for directing and writing, Chicago, Gods and Monsters, Kinsey and Dreamgirls. Of significant interest is the fact that Gods and Monsters won Condon an Oscar in his first debut as a screenwriter. I say that because those of you who are under the impression that this is the final installment, should perhaps read what Condon feels about that idea. If you are aware of the conversation surrounding why “Breaking Dawn Part 2” has been billed as the last “Twilight,” then you know producers have run out of material. Back in October 2012, Condon made it clear that the absence of a book to adapt another ‘Twilight” film, shouldn’t prevent further installments.
After looking at his background, it’s quite clear the director has a point.
Getting back to his background, Condon was also received an Academy Award nomination for the movie “Chicago; and in 2006 he won a Golden Globe for his film “Dreamgirls, which he also wrote and directed.
Judging by his impressive professional record, it’s perhaps safe to say, we won’t be disappointed with Breaking Dawn.
But just in case you’re interested in reading one more overview of the movie, check back with me later tonight. Once I’m done reviewing the movie, I promise to provide as much information as is allowed. I wouldn’t be able to provide any of the specific details until Friday, but I’ll make is worth your while, should any of you decide you want to get another dose of “Twilight” juice before the movie officially opens.