At the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn -Part One” premiere Monday night in downtown Los Angeles, Summit put the ensemble led by Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner through the usual endless labyrinthine gauntlet of fans and global media, all broadcast inside the huge fan-packed Nokia Theater. When the stars finally arrived inside the house, ripples of screaming began and continued throughout the movie–screams when any of the lead trio remove their clothes, or kiss, or make love. Before the overscaled rooftop after party for 2700 guests (complete with sets of the honeymoon and wedding), the “Twilight” cast flew off to the London premiere.
Painting inside the lines of an established franchise, filmmaker Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) was a strong choice for this most intimate of “Twilight” films, which moves beyond first director Catherine Hardwicke’s channeling of the teen POV. Now Condon is revealing human Bella and vampire Edward as adults: falling in love, getting married, living together, having a child, “set against a big mass-market studio movie,” he tells me in the video below. He went for grown-up emotion, aimed squarely at female Twihards.
Condon’s penultimate “Twilight” movie boasts the best acting in the series so far; Condon builds the romance, adds wit and some light laughs. But he can’t get past the risible silly werewolf summit complete with telepathic voiceovers. The filmmaker had been eager to direct a horror movie. “It’s all third act, which does make it easy,” he says, “and scary too, there are some pretty crazy things.” The film wound up earning a PG-13 rating after trims of a scene where Bella and Edward have sex for the first time, which features some nudity, and when she gives birth to their baby, with blood flying around the room.
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But, befitting a vampire/human liaison, the couple don’t have your ordinary kid; they have no idea what is growing super-fast inside Bella, eating away at her. Condon is relieved that he and Summit finally decided not to shoot the final films in 3-D. In the arena of dramatic intense emotion, we agree, 2-D works best.