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Socha: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' fails to live up to expectations


Published: Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 03:11

Provided by Cassie Socha

Provided by Cassie Socha

Vampires and werewolves reigned supreme this weekend as the final installment of the Twilight series, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2", premiered in theaters Friday, grossing a massive $141 million in profits over the weekend.

As an original fan of the books, I was looking forward to the so-called “epic finale” to the series, but I have to admit, though I enjoyed seeing the beloved characters again, the film, like so many adaptations before, didn’t live up to my expectations.

First off, I feel no movie will ever be better than the book it’s based upon; it is a simple reality and I accept it fully. The writers took liberties with the adaptation of the script and made the character developments distracting. Though most adaptations have some of this occurring, I believe this production took more liberties than usual. Scenes were consistently out of order. The biggest grief I had with the film was the action scene towards the end, which was not only absent in the book but presented with cheesy cinematography to make matters worse.

With such a need for a battle, as with every other installment in the series, they created another action scene to go out with a bang, but this scene was completely from the minds of the screenwriters and not the original author. The conflict surrounding Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee, was supposed to be resolved democratically, for lack of a better term; however, the scene that ensues in the film orchestrates battles that are almost comedic at times. 

Secondly, as a movie junkie that has seen great and not-so-great cinematography, I have to say this movie is not nearly as high quality as would be expected from the franchise. The battle scenes between the werewolves and baby Renesmee are so obviously computer generated it makes the film comparable to an after-school special. The blending of colors and motion were not as synchronized as I would have liked, making it obvious the filmmakers hurriedly slapped the finished product together during postproduction.

But with the bad always comes the good, and luckily, there were a few enjoyable aspects of the film. The film’s score, by Carter Burwell, was brilliantly composed, building upon the previously simplistic tone of the earlier movies. Audio engineers also did a great job ensuring levels of music and dialogue were properly balanced, and when the scene contained no dialogue, I believe excellent decisions were made when to play a particular excerpt. 

Surprisingly, Mackenzie Foy, the actress cast as Renesmee, nailed her role and stole the hearts of the audience. Even more surprisingly, Kristen Stewart gave her best performance of the saga; apparently a powerful female role serves her better than a meek and mild one. 

Yes, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" wraps the Twilight series up in a nice bow, and if you haven’t read the books it might be okay but this isn’t a film I’d see again in theatres. Maybe when it’s on TV and there’s nothing else on I’ll watch it, but honestly, I’m going to leave this one to the tween girls who sat in front of me in the theatre

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