And as shocking as it might be, I'm actually pretty glad about that. Because finally, four and a half movies into this godforsaken franchise, Twilight has finally gone from mind-numbingly bad to hilariously awesome.When it was originally announced that the last Twilight movie would be split into two parts, I just assumed it was a shameless attempt to wring every last possible dime out of the fan base. Between Harry Potter and the Hobbit -- and Atlas Shrugged, I guess, which is as much of a fantasy as those other two -- that's sort of become the go-to move for adaptations. Now that I've actually seen the second half, though, it makes a lot of sense. It's not really a question of length, but of tone: splitting the movies allowed director Bill Condon to get all the egregiously offensive stupidity out of the way -- the heavy-handed vampire abortion debate, Edward performing a C-section by tearing open Bella's womb with his teeth, Jacob falling in love with a fetus -- so that he could spend this one getting weird. Even by Twilight standards.
For her part, Bella continues to be one of the worst characters in fiction. She opens the movie by hunting a mountain lion in a cocktail dress (she's wearing the cocktail dress, not the other way around) and standing around while everyone tells her how great and different she looks even though she just looks like regular Kristen Stewart with a little more makeup and a slightly different hairstyle. This is the closest her character will come to making sense for the duration of the film.
When the Volturi and their army of Death Eaters finally roll into Forks for the climax, BD2 suddenly turns into a Neveldine/Taylor movie about werewolves and vampires just killing each other for 20 minutes. I'll tell you right here and now that it turns out to all be a crazy fakeout potential future because Stephenie Meyer loves nothing more than avoiding writing anything that might actually be interesting -- the part in Twilight where Bella passes out and then wakes up later so that people can tell her about the awesome fight scene she slept through was the second time in my life that I have ever thrown a book across the room (the first time was also Twilight) -- but that's actually okay. In a book, when you only get poorly written descriptions after being assured that there is no tension because everyone's standing around listening to the honeyed tones of Edward's alabaster mouth or whatever, that's one thing. But when they actually film it and project it on a giant screen in the middle of the movie? That actually works.
The end result is like a big budget version of Troll 2: A movie whose logic I don't understand, with situations and plot points that are introduced and never really explained, full of characters whose motivation I cannot even begin to understand, but that I wanted to watch again the minute it was over.
The band's bassist, Mike Dirnt, said "When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated."
So how did Green Day get involved in the hugely popular vampire romance? Mike Dirnt, bassist for the band, told Yahoo!, "When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated." 2b1af7f3a8