Breaking Dawn Part 2: Twilight at its most tolerable

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Doomsday for Twi-hards has come and gone – the Twilight saga has ended, if not on a high, then at least on a considerably better note than it began.

Converted into a bloodsucker after a rather brutal childbirth in the previous film, our protagonist Bella (Kristen Stewart) is now faster, stronger and hungrier than she’s ever been, and even Edward (Robert Pattinson) has trouble keeping up with her.

No sooner than they’ve settled into their new home and enjoyed a few passionate moments, Edward and Bella learn that the Volturi, that feared clan of vampire law-keepers, is headed their way to pick a fight. Turns out the Volturi are convinced Bella’s daughter, Renesmee, is an “immortal child” and therefore must be immediately killed.

Truth is, since the girl was conceived and delivered while Bella was still human, she’s very much mortal, but that won’t stop the Volturi using the misunderstanding to rid themselves of a potential rival coven – and recruiting some talented individuals while their at it.

So the Cullens call in favours across the globe, assembling a force to face the oncoming Volturi army. Good luck trying to keep awake as you’re introduced to these dozen-or-so friends, each with a special power or gift to be explained and suitably demonstrated.

Creepiest of the lot is little Renesmee herself, the root cause of all the problems in this film. The kid (Mackenzie Foy) ages rapidly, and has this strange gift where she can touch your face with her palm and teleport her back-story to you – a trick her shameless parents encourage her to do with pretty much everyone she meets.

Almost all the characters in this film are lacking in some way. Though Kristen Stewart appears a little less morose in this film than she usually does, Edward as a character is still as stiff.

In fact, the only truly enjoyable thing in this film, apart from Taylor Lautner taking his shirt off once again, is the delicious overacting by Michael Sheen as Aro, leader of the Volturi, who offers up such a deliberately hammy performance it’s hard not to laugh out loud.

The climatic battle scenes at the end do manage to deliver some surprisingly gory thrills also – but it’s an unfortunate case of too little too late. Though a marked improvement from the previous Twilight instalments, Breaking Dawn Part 2 leaves a lot to be desired.

Snow White and the Huntsman: All the right fairytale ingredients

Film Jam

by Kelly O’Brien

From the dawn of time, mankind have been telling and retelling fairy tales. Originally, these tales were a lot more gruesome than Walt Disney et al would have you believe. In the last few decades, the bedside stories have become watered-down versions of their former selves: princesses are passive, Kings are honest, and warriors are manly and virtuous.

Snow White and the Huntsman, I’m happy to relate, is nothing like the modern-day fairy tales we’ve become so accustomed to. It has all the right ingredients: a beautiful princess, an evil step-mother, a loving father and a handsome ‘prince’, but it doesn’t follow the recipe of its predecessors.

The tale begins when stunning/cunning Ravenna (Charlize Theron) wheedles her way into a royal marriage only to murder her husband and king on their wedding night, thus taking the kingdom for her own. She has her new step-daughter, Princess Snow…

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