Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Need a Better Director for Twilight: Breaking Dawn

By: Brad Sturdivant

I don’t like the Twilight films.  I want to make that clear before anyone thinks this is going to be some love-letter to anyone involved with the series.  I hate that Stephenie Meyer has made a fortune off of these books and that people (mostly young women) continue to pour their money into a series that lacks originality or common sense and I despise the world that she’s created.  Sparkling vampires…really?  But putting aside my hatred, I have to acknowledge that the Twilight series is popular and that it has a very large and influential fan base.  So with that in mind, Summit Entertainment owes it to their fan base and to movie fans everywhere to do something special with THE TWILIGHT SERIES: BREAKING DAWN.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight

I understand why the first one was so poorly made; they didn’t have much of a budget.  No one knew that the film would blow up like it did and therefore they had to cut corners while making the film.  The director, screenwriter and even the actors were all inexperienced and for the most part, amateurs.  Summit is not a large powerhouse of a studio like Paramount or Fox, so they can’t pour hundreds of millions of dollars into a small film like this. It made sense and I accepted the first one for it.  It was something that I thought fans could like in spite of the filmmaking failures and I had faith Summit would correct those problems in the sequel.

But the second film wasn’t much better and Summit didn’t have any of the same excuses.  Everyone knew it would make money and the actors involved had done a few movies in-between, so everything should have been better, especially the acting.   One thing that was common amongst all of the actors (in both films) is that every single one of them seemed to constantly miss their mark.  In a movie or in a theatrical play or even on a TV show, there’s always a “mark” for the actors to say their lines.  Saying your lines in the right place, at the right time is one of the most important aspects of acting and everyone that appeared in this film missed their marks almost every single time.  It was as if there was a pause before and after they said something while they tried to figure out what to do next.  Can you imagine me writing something like that about a film directed by someone like Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher or any number of talented directors?

Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart in Twilight Saga: New Moon

I have little to no faith in David Slade and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.  I liked HARD CANDY, but judging by the trailer, I think we’re in for more of the same.  So all the hopes for the series to end with a good film fall on BREAKING DAWN parts 1 and 2.  The first thing we have to do is get rid of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg.  She’s qualified to write episodes or ‘The O.C.’, but not a major Hollywood film like this.  She’s failed twice (and probably thrice) already and we have to stop the bleeding.  Once we get a decent screenwriter, then we need a talented director.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Twilight Saga: Eclipse

They need a big name director for the two part finale to the Twilight saga.  I’m not going to list all of the directors that could do a better job, but there’s about 25 names I’m thinking of and Summit would do well to take some of that cash they’ve made and throw it at a good director.  They owe it to themselves and to the fans to make the best movie possible.  As much as I don’t like the story, I do think it’s possible to make a quality film with the actors and storylines involved.  It just hasn’t been done yet.

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