Month: December 2011

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

The newest installment of the Twilight series has been out for some time now and I was only able to see it just today.  I have been behind on my movie reviews as of late, as I need a new movie partner.  I am lacking a boyfriend and/or a buddy that likes going to the movies as much as I do. So I have to apologize for my tardiness.
Back to the review…  I can’t talk about this movie with out talking about the book.  Yes, I am a fan of the Twilight book series.  I compare the books to watching a soap opera.  You know they are bad in every way but you just have to find out what happens.  Unfortunately, Breaking Dawn was my least favorite book of the series.  I don’t believe vampires should get married and live happily ever after.  A true vampire is vexed with feelings of eternal damnation and gloominess. Or that’s how I view they should be per all the other vampire stories and movies I have seen and read.
So Breaking Dawn takes the unusual approach to a vampire story and the movie starts off with a romantic wedding for the main characters Edward and Bella.  The movie was full of cheesy music and horrible dialogue in the beginning of the film.  It lacked a sense of real romance.  It made me want to puke from the super cheese romance they were dishing out.  And this is coming from someone that likes romantic novels and films. 
However, I did like that they added some humorous toasts by some of the other characters that I believe were not in the original book.  I also over heard the girls next to me oohing and awing over Bella’s weeding dress.  She looked as skinny and unattractive as ever.  So I’m not sure what they were talking about, but kudos for pleasing girls who are into that I guess. 
Kristen Stewarts acting was horrendous as usual.  I don’t even think she is acting.  I have seen interviews with her and she is just as awkward in the movie as off stage. Robert Pattinson was not any better either.  The poor actors in this movie have no chance of coming off as good actors because of the direction and editing.  My sister and I almost burst out laughing at some of the horrible dialogue and scene cuts. 
Bella also makes a really big deal about losing her virginity as a human in the book.  The movie seemed to neglect the conversations they had and didn’t want to get into why she wanted that experience so much.  I can barely remember the rationalization behind that issue in the book either. 
The movie also neglects to explain the significance of imprinting on the wolves.  This is a very important topic in the book and would have made more sense to the audience during the movie.  Since the movie is split into 2 parts, I don’t see why they couldn’t put more emphasis on it.  Unless, they are going to do it in the 2nd part. 
The good news is that the movie gets better towards the end.  The drama between the wolves and the vampires definitely changes the pace of the movie.  The music changes from horrible cheese to what seems like Taiko drumming and the action takes the movie into a much better direction. I was also shocked at how they portrayed the labor with all the blood. 
So basically, what I recommend is seeing the movie only if you are a Twilight fan.  Otherwise you will probably not enjoy it.

Movie Review: The Help

The Help has been one of the better movies I have seen in a while and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

In the movie, a young journalist named Skeeter sets off to write a book from the perspective of  “the help”.  To add to the possible drama that this entails, the movie is also set during the controversial period of the civil rights movement. 

This movie is filled with great characters such as the sassy maid Minny, the calm and collective Aibileen, to the racist Hilly. The writing, acting and cinematography were all well put together to make an enjoyable yet taught provoking movie that any well minded movie goer will enjoy.

Rejected – Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Out of all the love stories out there, Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite.  The book is filled with energetic characters, love, rejection, regret, lies…what more can you ask for? 

My favorite movie adaptation is the one with Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen.  The BBC mini series starring Colin Firth is also great but I like the more modern interpretation.  Check out the first marriage proposal for both.  What do you think?