Breaking Dawn Part 2

The Ingredients is a column devoted to breaking down the components of a new film release with some focus on influential movies that came before. As always, these posts look at the entire plots of films and so include SPOILERS.  By the end of Breaking Dawn — Part 2, it’s clear that the Twilight Saga, as one long story about vampires, werewolves and a chaste teenage girl, is first and foremost a romance picture. This may not sound like a revelation, but in the past four years we’ve all looked at the series in terms of how it transcends the traditional “chick flick” ghetto to dabble in elements of superhero and horror genres, potentially wooing male moviegoers in the process. Interestingly enough, the finale features a sequence that is very much aimed at fans of genre cinema just before pulling a 180 and concluding with an ending that the same audience will find mushy and sappy as (their personal) hell. While romance figures into most film genres and even dominates the conventional Hollywood denouement for movies no matter what audience is targeted, most of these features are not classifiably romance pictures. The love stories are secondary or even tertiary in importance to plots primarily concerned with adventure or disaster or some treatment of good versus evil. And although there are antagonists strewn throughout the Twilight films, there aren’t really good guys and bad guys in proper terms. Instead there is simply love and family versus threat to love and family. […]

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

The fine folks over at MTV had a special statue-delivering party last night, and they took a small break to take a little look at Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. This is the first we’re hearing of the supposedly giant film. Jokes aside, doesn’t it feel that way? Doesn’t it feel like the end of a worldwide phenomenon has been shockingly silent throughout the year? And how would you combat that silence if you’re a potential event movie? Have Kristen Stewart tackle a Goddamned mountain lion. Then enjoy a delightful Christmas celebration. Check it out for yourself:

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