Poor Twilight. You would think that its $3.3 billion gross at the box office over the course of five films would have garnered it some respect and acclaim, but, despite its huge popularity, the series is still widely held in disdain. The below video, from the good folks over at Cinema Sins, shows us why, while only focusing on Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Poor old Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Even though they’ve both gone on to produce respectable, even credible performances in the likes of Cosmopolis and The Clouds Of Sils Maria, respectively, every single time I see even a single shot, let alone hear them as their Twilight characters, I can’t help but despise them. Which, even as I write that, I know is over the top. Still, I’m going to stand by it.
The problem is there’s just so much to hate about Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I mean, just to start with, the decision to breakdown the adaptation of the final edition of the Twilight series into two films has since been copied by the likes of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, while Warner Bros./DC and Marvel Studios are going to do the same in the near future too.
Of course, Hollywood studios absolutely adore this idea because it means they can double their box office. But for movie fans it’s genuinely annoying – especially when you realise that there clearly isn’t enough material to stretch across two movies, but you’re already invested and you now just want to see how the God forsaken thing ends.
Other atrocities in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 are a ridiculously elongated wedding scene, the worst honeymoon sequence in cinematic history, which simply sees Edward and Bella playing chess for days on end, and an excruciatingly heavy-handed abortion debate that feels completely out of place in a film aimed at teenagers.
It’s not all bad though: we get to see Anna Kendrick – the only redeeming feature in the whole of the Twilight franchise, even though she's only there for a brief period. The lack of Kendrick in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is a sin worthy of a thousand points in my eyes. Maggie Grace would probably have been impressive in Twilight if Liam Neeson was playing her dad. But he’s not.
The fact that Anna Kendrick only plays a bit part in the franchise is something that we can all probably be grateful for now. Because if she had played a main role – or, heaven forbid, been cast as Bella – her career could easily have been truly blighted, and we then wouldn’t have fallen in love with her in Pitch Perfect.
In the end though, we can complain about Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 all we want, but it still grossed $712.1 million of the franchise’s $3.345 billion total. Can't wait to see how Cinema Sins tears into Part 2 though.