Friday, November 18, 2011
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Alrighty, Twihards, here it is: the beginning of the end. It's time to finally see the long awaited wedding of your beloved Bella and Edward. And yes, you get to see Taylor Lautner's legendary abs one more time, yet (thankfully) only for a few moments at the beginning. And the drama, oh the drama, continues unabashedly.
OK, so I did my homework and got caught up on the first three prior to seeing this first part of the fourth and final book. And I must admit, I don't get what all the fuss is about. (Although admittedly I'm not a teenage girl so I'm clearly not the target demographic.) Yet I enjoy a good romance as much as the next guy, but there really isn't one here. There just isn't a well developed attraction between anyone. There's only a nauseatingly superficial love triangle. And to say the cast is weak is an understatement. It just seems like they cast based upon who has the nicest hair, rather than who can actually act. And there also isn't really an epic storyline of good vs. evil like you get in the far superior Harry Potter series, although I see traces of something coming. So the first three managed to come in below my already lowered expectations. However I did at least see an improving trend, with the third film being the only one with a semblance of a story arc.
But now after seeing the fourth I've finally figured out how to view these movies. Of course they don't hold up against other great series like the aforementioned Potter, but the main problem is they just don't belong on the big screen. It's more like watching a tween vampire show on the WB or CW network. If you saw these films on your couch as two one-hour episodes each you'd find them passably entertaining. And that's what this fourth installment was for me: passably entertaining. But who cares what I think? The female dominated audience cheered and had a good time. This one's critic-proof and will surely dominate at the box office this weekend.