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Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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I have been waiting for the first part of The Twilight Saga that I even read the book (again) for the nth time. After watching it though, I’m not quite sure what to make of what I thought about this film. The trailers that have been release were quite impressive and very exciting that it kinda made me giggle with excitement (oh, yes people…I’m a fan of the franchise!) to see it!

In this film, we’ll see Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) tying the knot with all the grandeur of a wedding that seems like a ceremony from a fairy tale. It was just way over the top but was beautiful nonetheless. Then, they went to Brazil for their honeymoon where they consummated their forbidden love. In a very strange twist, Edward somehow managed to impregnate Bella and what’s inside her is threatening to kill her and her only chance of survival is to become a vampire herself.

I was expecting a super-good narrative and execution since it was made by Oscar-nominated director Bill Condon but I find it a bit flat, atleast for my taste. It’s comparable to the second installment of the franchise, New Moon that Chris Weitz destroyed but a notch better in my opinion. I feel that the dialogues were just a bit off and the conflicts were crammed to try to stay true to the book (making me hugely disappointed, having read the book myself.)

I am however impressed with the trio (Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner) delivering the best work in the film. I guess that pretty made up my somehow disappointing take on the film. As usual, the soundtrack and its original score are just perfection! If there’s one thing that is consistent with the saga, it has to be its music.

Although I find the film way too safe for a part one of the last installment, I will still recommend it to “twihards” and non-twilight fans alike. It was still an okay film that was “safely” executed and really entertaining at most parts.

Rating: 5.5/10

Director: Bill Condon

Distributed by Summit EntertainmentStarring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke, Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, MyAnna Buring, Maggie Grace, Casey LaBlow, Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Christopher Heyerdahl, Chaske Spencer, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro

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Review: Red Riding Hood (2011)

Last night, I was able to catch the press screening of the Red Riding Hood courtesy of Pinoy Exchange.

Before watching this film, I already have a pre-conceived idea about the film’s premise given that I’ve already read and watched some retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood (and upon watching its less than impressive trailer.)

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Red Riding Hood is the tale of a young lady named Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) who is in love with the woodcutter Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) but was arranged to marry the wealthy Henry. (Played by Max Irons) Unwilling to marry Henry, Valerie and Peter plans to runaway just when her sister was found slaughtered by the wolf that has been lurking their village for years. With this, famed wolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) was asked to kill the beast.

As the death toll rises, Father Solomon warns the villagers that the beast maybe one of them and Valerie discovers that she had this special connection with the wolf suspecting that the creature could be someone she loves.

I was almost sure that everyone in the cinema felt the Twilight-ish starting scene of the film with the snow-covered forest, the pine trees and the fog. It’s just all too familiar. After all, it was Catherine Hardwicke who created this folklore’s adaptation. I was praying silently that it’d meet or even surpass my expectations but I think I got what I deserved.

The start was a very fast-paced one. From the moment that they found out that Valerie’s sister was slaughtered, the villagers plotted to kill the wolf themselves but were unsuccessful that it even causes more deaths. With Father Solomon’s arrival which is kind of giving me that “Van Helsing Just Arrived” vibes, it was apparent that he’ll be the one to actually create havocs in the village rather than the wolf itself. I just don’t get his character. Why is he bossing around people in the village when in fact it is obvious that it was not the majorities who called for him to summoned and kill the beast? It was funny that he had with him his army to protect him and be his slaves.

There were also some funny scenes involving Valerie’s grandmother and that almost comical cutaway from scene to scene. It was a trying hard approach to create suspense but it failed terribly that they ended up being funny. Some shots are not too polished and are a bit distracting as well. I however, love its soundtrack but thought that some of the songs were played in the wrong scenes.

Watching Amanda Seyfried as Valerie feels like watching her in Mamma Mia and Dear John. Those scared and effervescent eyes are really piercing that you’re sure that she’ll stab the next person in front of her anytime which actually happened in the film by the way. Max Irons who played Henry was the clone of Edward Cullen (yes, that glistening vampire from Twilight). At some point in the film, you’d feel that you’re watching Twilight (No pun intended). This is not to discourage you from watching though, I mean Billy Burke was also part of the cast who played Valerie’s father and was brilliant to say the least. Peter, who played Valerie’s love main interest, was almost non-existent. He’s too awkward yet he played a rather important role.

When the wolf arrived and cornered Valerie and talked to her, the guessing game furiously started as everybody she loves was a suspect. That guessing part was almost good and suspenseful; I just wish that there’s more action to the narrative rather than just a plain explanation because it kind of lacks the connection. The big reveal was almost anti-climactic but it was still good given that it was not too much of a giveaway.

In conclusion, I think the film was trying too hard to be darker than what it shows in its trailer and was not very successful. It was still a good two hours guessing who the werewolf is and lamenting how some scenes could’ve been executed better.

Overall, I’d give it a 6/10 ratings.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie

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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

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June 30, 2010 @ SM North, Edsa

Ticket Price: P160.00

Director: David Slade

Starring:  Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Kristen Stewart, Michael Welch, Nikki Reed Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cameron Bright, Xavier Samuel, Jodelle Ferland, Sarah Clarke, Catalina Sandino

I never thought that I’d like Eclipse this much after Chris Weitz disappointing take on The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I’m ready to be disappointed with yet again another director David Slade who previously did 30 Days of Night . I am quite surprised because the film was well made and it didn’t disappoint at all– I’d say that it’s the best Twilight installment to date (with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn coming in two parts in the next couple of years.)

The film was full with enigmatic scenes that allowed the audience to feel the experiences of each characters.

Screenplay-wise, I commend Melissa Rosenberg for keeping up much of the book’s details. I love the fight scene between the newborns (newly created vamps) and the alliance between the Cullen’s and the wolf pack. I thought it was pretty neat and that “about 10 minutes” scene was one of the film’s highlights.

Victoria, now played by Bryce Dallas Howard looks kinda weird to me. She kinda look like an old vampire –not even in a pretty kind of way. I wish they kept Rachelle Lefevre for the part but it isn’t much of a distraction though, I mean I think everyone did well in the movie.

The flashback scenes are a great watch as well. (Rosalie and Jasper’s past)

Also, I would like to comment about Seth Clearwater played by Boo Boo Stewart — what’s up with the face? He’s not very attractive on those shots (during the council meeting when Jacob introduced him to Bella — you see, Seth would get a lot of scenes in the final film based on the book). It’s probably the lighting or the make up but I hope they could’ve gotten a better looking kid to play the role. (he’s okay in pictures but bad in motion —wish they could do something about it on Breaking Dawn)

Jacob (Taylor Lautner ) was probably on the screen for like 75% of the film and I’m wondering if I’m the only one who doesn’t get his acting very much on this film — I mean, it was a-ok but it’s getting kind of overbearing at times.

Bella ( Kristen Stewart ) was at her best– playing someone who is torn between two lovers makes her look more vulnerably appealing! And Edward ( Robert Pattinson ) complimented Kristen that much that everyone in the audience gasp when he proposed marriage.

I’d give this installment an 8.5/10 for a very well execution and I’d recommend a second viewing!

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Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

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I’d to give credits to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson for still giving us that great chemistry we came to love in Twilight. It was amazing how their pain as Edward and Bella could look so real. it is not as intense as I expected it to be. I thought that Jacob’s whole werewolf transformation and the introduction of the pack was kinda on a rush.

I’m still trying to find some good things to say about Taylor Lautner performance (for the benefit of the Team Jacob) but the only thing that’s noticeable is obviously, his most talked-about physical improvement.

The Volturi scene as I quote Aro is “mesmerizing,” though there was some changes, I find it rather a very good execution. How I wish, tho that there was a better introduction about them as it is in the book. Over-all, the movie was actually good.Thanks to Kristen and Robert for delivering. Just a warning tho for those who already read the book– expect some deviation in this film or something that isn’t in the film.

At the end of the film I’ve to say that I’m still under Team Edward.LMAO

Director: Chris Weitz
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Burke, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Michael Welch

Rating: 6/10