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Breaking Dawn Movie Review: Romance Rallies the Faithful

The arrival of the first part of Breaking Dawn signals to Twilight fans that it is an end of an era. The two-part conclusion to the saga has been causing frantic buzz since director Bill Condon began filming in Brazil.

But does Breaking Dawn deliver for its legions of Twi-hards?

Edward and Bella in Breaking Dawn Part 1: The Honeymoon
For starters Condon was a great choice by producers to close out the Stephenie Meyer penned series. He crafts a film that is even handed and should more than satisfy the rabid fan base. As a film on its own, Breaking Dawn may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

But in the end, the Twilight series has always been all about pleasing the franchise’s fans. In that manner, Breaking Dawn does deliver.

The crux of the story follows Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) as they marry and head off on their honeymoon. The wedding scene is a beauty to behold. Fans will be all sorts of a twitter as Bella finally marries her vampire.

As for Jacob, Taylor Lautner excels in capturing a man. Yes he appears more than mature physically and emotionally, living at a crossroads. His love of Bella is unrequited, yet he still proves he’s prepared to die for her. It is a selfless act that provides the groundwork for a bulk of the action in Breaking Dawn.

The film has far less action than previous Twilight movies. For non Twi-hards, that could be a big drawback. Breaking Dawn is at its heart a romance and the complications that can accompany it.

In order to honestly review Breaking Dawn, our rating needs to be split in two. One grade evaluates how the film plays for fanatics and the other is how the film would be seen by moviegoers who may not call themselves anything near the Twi-hard moniker.

Twilight fans… time to celebrate. Breaking Dawn is a four our of five star cinema experience. You see, there are three questions when it comes to a Twilight movie for fans. Was it faithful to the book? Does the movie fall in line with the series as a whole? Will (insert film here) further enhance my passion for Meyer’s vision? In the case of Breaking Dawn, so far… Part 1 gives us a yes, yes and yes.

Everyone else will find the flick over dramatic and perhaps a little disjointed. Yet, in the scope of The Twilight Saga, impassioned drama and a short attention span interweave to cast a spell over its audience that is impenetrateable.

The Avengers: New Banner is Heroic

The latest banner for one of the most anticipated films of 2012 has been released and The Avengers have never looked so good. The four panel banner features Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

The Avengers Banner
The Avengers is directed and written by Joss Whedon and continues the storylines began in the heroes’ respective films. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) heads up the world peacekeeping entity entitled SHIELD. The team of Avengers haven’t been called together in some time when the movie begins, yet a threat to mankind emerges that forces Fury to bring together a greatest hits of movie heroes to fight back against the world’s greatest threat.

The Avengers arrives in theaters May 4. Excited? Well, then check out that awesome The Avengers trailer once again!

Robert Pattinson Moves Past Breaking Dawn: The Movie Fanatic Interview

With the premiere of Breaking Dawn, Robert Pattinson is beginning the beginning of the end. As a veteran of movie franchises (thank you Harry Potter), Pattinson knows about the fleetingness that is fame attached to those films. Pattinson took a moment from the whirlwind Breaking Dawn press tour to talk to Movie Fanatic about the final moments of The Twilight Saga, whether he’ll return to music and his initial reaction to that Bella (Kristen Stewart) birth scene that has caused fans to flutter.

The Breaking Dawn Part 1 Premiere: Robert Pattinson
Movie Fanatic: How do you think your life has changed since you first filmed Twilight and through the release of Breaking Dawn?

Robert Pattinson: I guess it just presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of trying to grow and figure out who you want to be. You know, it’s like having a very complicated maze to go through and you’re also being propelled by some kind of jet as well and trying to figure out how to go through a maze at the same time. [Laughs] And I still kind of feel like it hasn’t really slowed down. I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. But it’s been fun and it’s totally bizarre to me. I mean, I’ve said it for years now, I didn’t even know if I was gonna continue acting before this happened. And I have much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.

Movie Fanatic: What types of films would you like to make post-Twilight?

Robert Pattinson: I don’t know. I mean, I really approach things almost the exact same way until you’re really on the set. Smaller movies are great because you don’t have to argue with so many people all the time. But really I kind of like arguing so there’s a balance either way. [Laughs] With independent movies, it’s nice to see when a director… who’s kind of so pleased with it. I mean, it’s so rare when someone’s given someone the money to do something and let them do it. I just worked with David Cronenberg (on Cosmopolis) and just to see him, he’s left alone by everyone ‘cause I mean obviously he’s proved himself time and time again. But I mean, it’s really strange, I’ve never really worked with someone with absolutely no pressure from anywhere else apart from themselves and from the environment which they’ve chosen to work in. And it’s kind of nice to know that the pressure is not caused by compromises or anything like that, it’s just they’ve taken a responsibility on themselves and it’s really up to them to make it what they want. And people get a lot more pleasure out of it than, you know, having to sometimes like give up a lot just because there’s so much money involved or something like that or you’re working on a franchise or something like that when you have to think about the audience and you have to think about the previous movies and blah, blah, blah. It’s a different thing in some ways.

Movie Fanatic: What did it mean to you personally to have your hand prints permanently at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre?

Robert Pattinson: I stayed at the Magic Castle the first few times I came to L.A. when I was like 17. And I used to walk down there all the time. I kind of had no idea that Hollywood Boulevard would look the way that it does. [Laughs] But I was totally unemployable and everything. That wasn’t even in the realm of anything, any kind of understanding — and it still isn’t. I mean, at all. I don’t even feel like I’ve really done it. [Laughs] I mean, I feel like, I don’t know, there’s just this wave that happened and I’m just on it. And I don’t know, it’s difficult, I feel like I’m gonna feel the personal connection in like 20 years from now. I feel like now it’s just all part of the same thing. I mean, I was kind of embarrassed when I did it because I messed it up and I like stood on my own handprints. [Laughs] I was like, the one handprint, which is like messed up. But I mean, it’s incredible, it represents something amazing. I think it’s totally ridiculous. I don’t even know how to feel about it. It’s just kind of mind-blowing.

Movie Fanatic: Breaking Dawn is the closing chapter in your character Edward’s life? How have you seen his journey evolve for you personally?

Robert Pattinson: In the broadest terms about Edward’s journey, I mean right from the beginning, I took out and just ignored the fact that he’s a vampire, basically ignored the fact that he’s 108 except for kind of metaphorical purposes, and you were just left with kind of a troubled teenager. And it’s a really simple story of him getting content with himself, and he gets content by finding a woman and then having a child. [Laughs] Which is like I guess how a lot of kind of troubled guys kind of balance themselves out. At least that’s the hope anyway.

Movie Fanatic: Bill Condon told us that you came to him with this idea about Edward’s self-loathing that you have carried through the first three films. Where did that come from in your mind?

Robert Pattinson: I always thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. I mean, he’s a 108-year-old guy who’s never achieved anything he’s wanted to achieve. He’s been stuck in adolescence. I mean, when you’re an adolescent you think nothing is given to you, you think everything’s unfair, blah, blah, blah. And he’s been living like that for 100 years. [Laughs] So, I mean, you’d eventually get to the point of desperation. It’s very difficult to portray that and portray a love story at the same time unless you want to make a very different movie, and so I was trying to push for that angle at the same time. And it’s funny but Bill is the first person to say like, “I want to put this at the forefront.” Because Breaking Dawn is probably the happiest that Edward’s been in the whole series. [Laughs] So it’s like choosing the wrong moment to use that. But we did a couple of flashback scenes and stuff like that which kind of reflect his anger, I guess, when he first turned into a vampire.

Movie Fanatic: When we first spoke for Twilight, you were really excited about your music. Do you get to do that much anymore?

Robert Pattinson: Yeah. I record stuff a lot but I don’t know, there’s something about doing movies, I can handle the criticism ‘cause you can always blame it on someone else. [Laughs] I mean, there’s hundreds of people to blame it on. But with music, I mean, as soon as you put something out there — and really as well if you’re an actor and you’ve kind of made some money and stuff — you’re basically only putting an album out there for people to judge it. And I don’t necessarily want people to judge it nor care what they say. But also I know if I put an album out, the day it comes out, I’m going to be on the Internet looking at stuff and I’ll probably shoot myself. [Laughs] So I don’t know if it’s worth shooting myself over.

Movie Fanatic: Is it possible you’ll be putting it out under an alias or another name?

Robert Pattinson: I mean, I kind of like the idea of that, but I don’t know. It’s also very embarrassing if you get caught [laughs].

Movie Fanatic: What did you make of the Bella birth scene? Did you first read it in the script or in the book?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn
Robert Pattinson: Oh yeah, the birth scene [laughs]. I read the script before I read the book on this one. It was the first time I’d done that. And so I read that scene being kind of astonished. I mean, I knew it was kind of crazy, the story, but I couldn’t really believe that it was actually written down and we were gonna do it. And it was terrifying going into it. But it ended up being one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. There’s definitely a kind of R-rated — or maybe NC-17 rated — version of a few scenes in this movie. But it was just incredible to do that. Because of the violence and stuff in it, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene — having every character so desperate. It suddenly became something very, very different — especially for Edward. He’s always held back. He’s a pacifist and he’s very objective and logical about everything. To do this thing when you’re suddenly playing Edward stuck between a kind of emaciated dummy’s legs chewing through a placenta and getting cream cheese all over your face [laughs] and strawberry jam and then pulling a three-week-old baby out, too, with a wig on. It’s like something out of a horror movie or something [laughs].

Movie Fanatic: Tell us, what were your final moments as Edward like?

Robert Pattinson: The very last moments I was in St. Thomas in the Caribbean just on the beach and it was kind of incredible. It was the only time I’d ever experienced anything like that in a Twilight movie. I think the last scene with everyone it was kind of horrible ‘cause it was freezing cold. It was after two weeks of night shoots. I think everyone just sort of scarpered. [Laughs] It was like, “OK, that’s the end of Twilight.” And it was five in the morning. It was freezing cold and pouring with rain. It’s like at least it was kind of symbolic of how a lot of the movies were shot. It still doesn’t really feel like the end of it yet. So until the last one’s released, I don’t really feel like I’ve finalized anything.

Titanic 3D Trailer: My Heart Will Go On in Three Dimensions

James Cameron has brought his 3D wizardry to one of his most acclaimed films, Titanic. The studio behind Titanic has just released a trailer for the 3D version of the film and it has us singing that Celine Dion hit all over again.

Cameron has promised that not a single second of the film will be different (hear that George Lucas!), the only change is the film in three dimensions when it arrives back in theaters April 2012.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet tragic love story in 3D? Count us in as the dialogue in the original lacked much, it is hard to ignore the emotional and technical marvel that is Titanic. Until Avatar knocked it off the top spot on the all-time box office list, Titanic was the world’s most beloved film. Some could argue… it still is. And don’t miss the new Titanic 3D poster.

Ricky Gervais is Back: Golden Globes Host with the Most

Ricky Gervais, despite having ruffled a few feathers as Golden Globes host with two previous hostings, will be back to resume his duties for the 2012 Golden Globes.

Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes
Fresh of the news that Billy Crystal will host the Oscars, The Hollywood Foreign Press announced their host in Gervais.

There was talk earlier this week that the choice was to go with Gervais again, or perhaps try the show with no host. Looks like those HFP folks decided that Gervais was worth the risk. Even though he may have extolled his humorous wrath on some of Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities, it appears the Golden Globes decided it was worth it after all. In fact, in our opinion, nothing creates buzz for your awards program like a host who can stoke a fire. Cue: Gervais!