Breaking Dawn – Part 1, commercially super-successful and critically panned, was the most anticipated of all the installments in the saga, aside form Part 2. But was it really bad? Let’s review it unbiasedly!

The Good:

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s performances:

OK, to be fair, Stewart’s performance was pitch-perfect. She didn’t overact any scene nor did she underplay the character. Every expression, every movement was what you would expect Book-Bella to do if she were real. Bella’s character is awkward and self-conscious, but in Breaking Dawn, especially Part 2, she becomes less awkward and more open which Stewart portrays well. The birth scene should well-silence her haters. (see video below, pitched to avoid removal)

By the end of the film, you truly feel that Bella has transformed emotionally and psychologically from the young woman we’ve seen in Twilight to a full grownup. Pattinson delivered a good performance too, sounding appropriately sincere in the wedding scenes and convincingly frantic in the birth scene. It would be fair to give Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter, applause this time for getting almost all of Bella and Edward’s dialogue right.

The anticipated scenes:

The anticipated scenes were the wedding, the birth and the transformation. Each of them was well-acted, well-written and well-shot. The editing, set design and cinematography were always strong and effective throughout those scenes. The wedding was touching and beautiful as it should be and the bittersweet speeches were good sources of comic relief.

The birth scene was terrifying and unforgettable; I can still remember watching it in the movie theater while sitting on the edge of my seat (until someone sneezed so loudly and the whole theater laughed, ruining the experience). The transformation was better than I expected, but has nothing on the way it’s written in the book. It was bittersweet seeing one of the characters I like and followed throughout all the movies and books broken this way, but apparently all the girls sitting behind me cared about was how good her eye shadow was.

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The production design and the cinematography:

Guillermo Navarro excelled at the cinematography. His imagery was beautiful and full of life, but dark and shocking when necessary. The angles from which he chose to take the close ups on the characters faces were remarkably good. The production design was the best of the Twilight films since Summit decided to finally spend money on the movies. Seeing as most of the film was shot using green screens, the sets were remarkably eye-grabbing and atmospheric, like in the wedding and honeymoon scenes.

The Bad:

Taylor Lautner’s performance:

This was the worst performance in the whole saga. Nothing’s ever been worse. Lautner was fine in New Moon and Eclipse, not perfect, but acceptable, and then he made an awful turn in this film. His acting is full of expressions, he uses the same expressions. He just does faces. He has the happy Jacob face, the sad Jacob face, the bitter Jacob face, etc. If his voice could act on its own accord, it would probably tell him to improve his phrasing and delivery, and give his larynx a good kick in the butt to drop the over-husky and nasal timbre.

The screenplay:

The screenplay has a few, effective problems. It dragged in the first hour, which could’ve been shorter. Some of Lautner’s dialogue had to be erased from the script, if not burnt to the extent that no one can ever get close to figuring out what’s written on the paper. (ex. “I always knew you would kill her” in the birth scene. Leah’s story could’ve been more fleshed out in favor of the downright stupid “This a family scene”. There were many available chances for drama concerning Jacob that were left unseized, like how he leaves the Cullen house, in the book, to try to imprint.

The montages:

Bill Condon’s problem comes here. Not every montage has to sound like a music video. Rock songs placed over dramatic montages isn’t the only effective way of doing an attention-grabbing montage. It worked well for the honeymoon and the sick-looking Bella montages, but then it got repetitive.

The Verdict:

3 out of 5 stars. The film could have been better.

What to expect:

With Breaking Dawn – Part 2 six months away, Condon has a long time to correct the mistakes in Part 1, to be sure to that the film has better pacing, dialogue and score. Personally, I expect a film better than Part 1, with better performances and screenplay.  A different and even more satisfying interpretation of vampire Bella by Stewart.

So, what are you expecting in the Twilight film finale?

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.