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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The final ‘Twilight’ movie . . . I hope

OK, so I’ve been trying to avoid talking about this (say, did you know that Liza Minnelli’s going to show up on “Smash” next season?), but tomorrow night is the screening of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” attended by hundreds of screaming women of all ages, some of them sporting red contact lenses, with a few frightened-looking movie reviewers wedged in. I’ve reviewed the previous four movies, not to mention having written a ten-minute “Twilight” screenplay and a haiku series on the subject, and frankly I’ll be happy to see the end of this franchise. But I must confess to having a lot more fun at the “Twilight” movies since figuring out, sometime early in the second one, that they’re really comedies in disguise. Here are some things I enjoy in the “Twilight” movies; anyone want to chime in with any more?
— The way the Cullen clan is always posing in an attractive grouping, as if there’s a Vampire Vogue photographer lurking around somewhere.
— Speaking of Vogue, all of those vampires dress really nicely. Where do they shop, do you think?
— Taylor Lautner’s rather endearing way of looking like he’s not quite sure what he should do next, and that he’s wondering whether to take his shirt off.
— The sudden, unexplained appearance of exquisite fields of Hallmark-esque flowers. (Now, I have not personally visited Forks and maybe this is true to life. I would love to think so. You tell me.)
— The strangely calm affect of Kristen Stewart’s Bella, who seems to have had an awfully easy time accepting that her boyfriend is a bloodthirsty centuries-old vampire and that his rival is a frequently shirtless werewolf. If it were me, I’d be alternating between elaborate despair and helpless giggles. Still.
— Anna Kendrick. I’m guessing she won’t be in the final movie? But maybe someone clever will slip her in.
— Michael Sheen, who’s clearly having more fun than anyone else on screen (though all the Volturi seem to be hamming it up nicely).
— The way the running time of all the movies is dragged out by everyone repeating the name of the person they’re speaking to in every line of dialogue. (Granted, this is true to the books.)
— The sudden appearance of previously unseen vampire talents; such as how we learned, in the last movie, that vampires are very good at packing.
— The name “Renesmee.”
No offense to the “Twilight” fans out there; I’m just trying to have a little fun. Anyone else have any “Twilight” favorites?

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