Starring: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Maggie Grace, and Mia Maestro
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity, and some thematic elements.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, and Romance
Runtime: 117 minutes or 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Release Date: November 18, 2011 (USA)
Distributors: Summit Entertainment LLC
Production Company: Summit Entertainment, Imprint Entertainment, and TSBD Canada Productions
By: John M Delia, Jr.
The Fourth installment of the Twilight series continues the relationship triangle between Jacob Black, Edward Cullen, and Bella Swan. With the upcoming wedding, romantic honeymoon between Bella and Edward, things begin to get interesting. But, when Bella becomes pregnant, the battle between the wolves and the Cullen’s looms, and the danger of the pregnancy becomes realized.
Kristen Stewart does an excellent job with her most difficult part of the series and displays much better expression throughout the story. The romantic connections throughout the series come to a climax, with Bella and Edward’s wedding. Her relationship with Jacob becomes stressed and the challenge to keep the bond between them strengthens when her pregnancy becomes life threatening. Dealing with all the problems Bella encounters, Kristen puts together a magnificent performance in playing her character.
Taylor Lautner performs well throughout the film and gives the girls what they want from his most popular character, Jacob Black. He does a great job performing what is needed for his character. With the sadness, over Bella’s wedding and his strong desire to protect her, Jacob needs to make an important decision that can change the outcome of all the characters in the story.
Robert Pattinson, performance was well done, especially tying into a difficult storyline that was placed before him. As Edward Cullen, he has to do what Bella wishes even if it may end her life. But, when the time comes however, he does the right thing to try save her. His performance during the most dramatic parts of the film helps convince the audience that his love for her is true.
The special effects, costume designers, set designers, and the make up artist teamwork are the big winners in the film. The make up transitioning team however should be commended for their excellent job with the transition performed on Bella, from young innocence, to pregnant, to pending death, and to her inevitable final transition. It looked so real; I was convinced it was really happening. The wedding is brilliant, while the set designers did a fantastic job with the wedding set; the Costumers provided amazing gowns and tuxedos worn at the wedding ceremony.
This was probably the best part of the series so far and completed the transformation needed to give the audience the climatic conclusion set for Part 2 next November. But, there is still a predictable storyline, just like the previous three films. That said however, it’s well written and definitely acted out very well by the whole cast.
Final Grade: It is a grade “B” film for me due to the predictable storyline and some of the unusually long scenes, but it really appeals to the females and with that in mind it should be graded an “A”, must see film.