The people can now cheer-- the Twilight film series (based off of the popular novels by Stephenie Meyer) is finally coming to an end.
I think it's safe to say that the Twilight Saga has had no positive effects on the film industry, other than boosting box office performance for the past four years. Kristen Stewart, a once talented child actress (Panic Room, Catch that Kid), has morphed into a dazed, emotionless zombie that performs poorly in nearly every picture she is in (with the exceptions being Adventureland, The Runaways, and Welcome to the Rileys--but keep in mind that these were relatively unpopular films). I also really think that this year's Snow White and the Huntsman could have been entertaining had a more capable actress been cast in the title role.
Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner--the so called "hunks" of the series--were also cast in terrible movies alongside the Twilight films. For Pattinson, it was 2010's Remember Me, an inappropriately somber and unconvincing romance-turned-tragedy. Lautner starred in the laughable disaster that was 2011's Abduction.
Which brings me to my point: the popularity of the Twilight series gave way to the main actors being cast in terrible films-- but the actors were terrible choices for Twilight in the first place. The quality of films can definitely be boosted if they are backed by some good acting (2009's Orphan is an example that comes to mind), and the same goes for the Twilight series. If there's a positive to the series is that the direction is solid and the look of the films (excluding the bland special effects) is servicable. If Summit had gotten more experienced script-writers and actors, who knows-- we could've had a fine little film saga.
Basically, I wanted to write this post to express my thoughts on what exactly makes this widely despised series, well.... despicable. It's the acting and the writing. Surely there were more candidates other than K-Stew and R-Patz. The end of the series is to be celebrated, in my opinion, and forgotten for years to come. The best of the series (and I use the word "best" extremely loosely) is definitely the first, and that's only because it was the least convoluted and stupid--but it is still a 3.0/10, if I were to rate it. I know that Breaking Dawn: Part 2 will surely break some sort of box office record, and all I can say to that is "Way to waste your hard-earned dollars."
Readers: keep an eye out for my upcoming Skyfall review!