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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

“Let’s start with forever.”

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

I love it and I hate it. Simply because I read all the books before I saw any of the films, and I was a massive fan immediately, I feel my review may be a bit biased. So, I’ll do it purely from an objective angle and try and be less of a Twilight geek for the next 5 minutes.

Breaking Dawn opens as the final touches of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) wedding is being put together. While Jacob (Taylor Lautner), shirtless and broody as always, receives an invitation from the happy couple and runs away in a strop all werewolf like. With the lucky girl that Bella is, Edward treats her to a honeymoon on Isle Esme, a private island just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Bella – having decided she wanted to remain human to experience her wedding night just like everyone else – soon finds herself in a dangerous and what she believed, impossible situation. She thinks she’s pregnant.

The remainder of the film is largely made up of baby bump, vampire vs werewolf, what’s going to happen to Bella? territory. Very typical of Twilight, though it seems the love triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob has been toned down and replaced by a vamp-baby conundrum. At least the story actually moves forward and we get to get past all of this “I love her more” nonsense that we had to endure in Eclipse. Though it lingers on the pregnancy throughout, having nothing else to really clutch at.

The acting in the film is very average, though it seemed that Lautner was just that bit better than the rest, mainly because he actually conveyed emotion, even if it was just that of an angry kid. Stewart’s efforts at a withdrawn and anxious teen see her fall a little short in the acting department, and Pattinson doesn’t have that many lines, he just looks pretty and manages to drop his English accent and adopt an American one.

If you’re not already a fan of the franchise or on Team Edward or Team Jacob, the chances you will enjoy this film are slim. Because it’s pretty flimsy and involves a lot of close up glances, sideways smouldering looks and awkward exchanges, it doesn’t stand alone as a great film. There are also quite a lot of awkward visuals in the film. Ranging from a montage of flashing bright lights as werewolf Jacob runs through the woods, to flashbacks of previous films that don’t really add anything to the story. Then there’s a conversation between the pack of werewolves, which although much more visually improved, is just awkward and cringy – their mouths don’t move and their voices very suddenly become coarse and angry. It doesn’t fit with how we’ve seen them previously and interrupts the flow (if it can even be called that) of the film.

Breaking Dawn does get a bit more exciting towards the end of the film though; Bella goes into labour, the werewolves and vamps prepare for a fight and just as it reaches this point, the film stops, making way for the next instalment. Typical of a franchise, especially a teen franchise, but then this is how they’re going to cash in massively. Breaking Dawn raked up an estimated $138 million around the globe on its opening night alone, so there is no doubt that even if the film is crap (which it kinda is), those dedicated Twi-hards – including me – will always be there to watch it.

Star rating: 4/10

Directed by Bill Condon.

Running time 117 minutes.

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The Lost Boys (1987)

“Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots. How do they taste?”

Cast: Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Dianne Wiest

The ones who started this vampire frenzy.. maybe not. But the ones who should be recognised and praised for making their mark in this ever growing genre from way back in the 80s.. certainly.

Sam (Corey Haim) and his older brother Michael (Jason Patric) are typical American teenagers, but when they move house with their mother to Santa Carla, California, some very peculiar things begin to happen.

They soon come to realise that Santa Carla, the murder capital of the USA, is in fact overrun with vampires.

During the nights both Sam and Michael choose to hang out at the centre of town life, an amusement park on the pier. Michael is attracted to a mesmerising girl named Star (Jamie Gertz), and consequently meets her rough-and-ready boyfriend David (Kiefer Sutherland) and his gang of biker hooligans. Sam turns his attention to the comic book store and begins to hang out with the Frog twins, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Allen (Jamieson Newlander), who work there and claim to be vampire hunters in their spare time. While their mother (Dianne Wiest), who finds employment at a video store, starts to date her boss.

Although Sam doesn’t believe in the vampire stories that the Frog twins tell him about, he begins to notice that Michael is starting to become a creature of the night. He has a change of mind and starts to come around to the Frog twins’ way of thinking, the three of them collectively deciding that they need to destroy the vampire group and kill their head vampire, in order to save Michael from his transition to vampire.

With plenty of gore, action and comical moments, The Lost Boys is a great vampire movie. Watching the film you can really place it in the 80s era. Having no CGI the film really relies on stunts and great make up, which it pulls off fantastically. The appearances of the vampires are great. Under the guise of group of biker boys and with their piercings, leather jackets, mullets and a very reckless attitude, no one dares to mess with them. In addition to this the soundtrack is great too. It all fits perfectly within the context of the film, and rather than getting too creepy like the plot suggests, it manages to laugh at itself and not be too serious.

What we have with The Lost Boys is something that broke the mould and was well ahead of its time. Whereas now we are overrun with the vampire genre – Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries – this film doesn’t feel manufactured in order to rake in money by jumping on the bandwagon, because at the time there wasn’t one. Instead it actually established a new direction for the vampire genre to be taken. Schumacher, who directed the film, does a great job. The Lost Boys is a fantastic vampire movie, and even though it was made over 20 years ago, it gives the modern day vampires a run for their money.

Star rating:  7/10

Directed by Joel Schumacher.

Running time 93 minutes.