I’m in defense mode for this wonderfully ridiculous romp. The Razzies are doing it wrong.
One of the more cynical pieces I’ve written all year.
Operation Kino 89: Swooning For Anna Karenina, And The New Short The Sleepover
This week on Operation Kino, we’re embarking on a pretty ill-fated affair, as we review Joe Wright’s gorgeous new movie Anna Karenina. From there we bring you the newest installment of OpKino Indie, in which Da7e chats with Chris Cullari, Jennifer Raite and Carolyn Jania, the team behind the new short film “The Sleepover,” which recently won the Cabin in the Woods/Lionsgate/Vimeo contest. Before any of that, David loses his legs for Rust and Bone, Patches actually tells you to see Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, Da7e fills us in on the madness of American Horror Story, and Katey evangelizes for the podcast-listening app Downcast.
If there’s a cinematic alchemy award to be given this year, director Bill Condon deserves to take it home, after magically turning the tedious Twilight franchise into entertainment gold. 2011’s Part 1 was a horror camp romp that turned the supernatural love triangle — the naval gazing trio of Bella, Edward, and Jacob — on its head. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 continues the madcap exploration of a world populated by vampires and werewolves, mining even more comedy, thrills, and genuine character moments out of conceit than ever before.
The film occasionally sidesteps back into Edward and Bella’s meandering romance (an evident hurdle of author Stephenie Meyer’s source material) but the duller moments are overshadowed by the movie’s nimble pace and playful attitude. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will elicit laughs aplenty — but thankfully, they’re all on purpose.
Yes, I genuinely enjoyed BD2. Read the full review here.
Which is a good thing. Complete thoughts coming tomorrow.