Review: Goodbye is a sad word. The time to bid a close one goodbye becomes more difficult with every minute that draws closer. Have you wondered how a book you’ve read is often your best friend or a confidante? As though it was a living being? Felt sad once you finished it, right? More so when it is a part of a series that’s been going on for a while.
Stephenie Meyer thought well when she wrote a love story of a rather ordinary girl and a vampire – a previously unfathomable concept that stole people’s hearts creating a special place and an ardent fan following amongst the bibliophile belonging to the age when life’s all about first crushes and puppy love.
‘Twas the year 2008 when the first film adapted from the book came out introducing a new league of actors and gave a few the stepping stone to prove their mettle in Hollywood. Four installments and five years later, the fifth film of the series releases this Friday, keenly awaited by Twihards (Twilight fans) with bated breaths for the ultimate finale! An emotional yet exciting moment for many in the world. Just a precautionary advice, you must watch this part only if you’ve read the books and/ or watched the previous films, for the love of the series and it’s pivotal characters – Bella, Edward and Jacob.
From a standalone viewpoint, this film was rather slow which bored me a little after Bella’s first few days as a newborn vampire were shown. The interest came back post-interval in the sequences leading up to the duel between the Cullens and the Volturi. However, it would be partially unjust to judge this part from an individual viewpoint, considering that, collectively, the film series has left many (girls especially) out there breathless. Some moments that stole a teen girl’s heart: when they see Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, two completely different men that made ’em go weak in the knees; when they followed the growth of Bella from a nervous teenager to a beautiful, mature woman and thence a prudish vampire and a protective mother; or simply feel the love as Bella and Edward’s love story advanced and progressed like any usual romantic tale while also going through the complications all the same.
A hit with it’s fanbase ‘cuz Twihards relate & connect to the story ( with it’s some real, some unreal dilemmas). Once again, this film is strictly for all those who’ve followed the series, and is not critique-worthy, for obvious reasons. Personal opinion, Jacob Black – the 108.9 degree Fahrenheit hot man-wolf makes my heart flutter, much more than the usual girl fantasy-boy, Edward Cullen. And the former has proven himself to be a marvel. However, I would love to see Robert Pattinson outside of the series more often, his debut as Cedric Diggory was perhaps the highlight for him since he stole many hearts despite the cuteness that Daniel Radcliffe came with in the Harry Potter series. Hope to see much more interesting work by everyone associated with the film. After all, it’s not goodbye when something is to live on till eternity.
Verdict: Twihards eat your heart out! An epic finale to an eternal love story you’ll love forever.
Release date: Nov 23, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Cast & Crew: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen
Director: Bill Condon
Music: Carter Burwel
Length: 1 hr 55 mins
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer