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‘Twilight’ and ‘Flight’ reviews

November 29, 2012
By Tony Rutherford , Graffiti

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2"

Here comes the honeymoon. Will it last forever?

Bella (Kristen Stewart) has crossed into Edward (Robert Pattinson) Cullen's portal where 21st-Century vampires exist among humans. Seems happy immortality has a few hurdles, meaning romance nirvana has Bella developing her Jedi- like gifts and a stand off threatening blood sucking immortality.

As "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" opens, Bella's survived the delivery of her half vampire/half human daughter Renesmee, and she enthusiastically enters the "never sleep" and "never get tired" vampire world by exercising her gazelle legs, sampling mountain lion hemoglobin, cavorting with Edward, and aiming her amber eyes and an adamant scowl.

In the transfiguration, a super strongwilled woman has replaced her conflict-avoidance, introverted demeanor. As her thirst increases, her compassionate soul vanishes further.

"Part Two" satisfactorily ties up loose ends rather than the suspense of a looming who will keep their hand to hand bloodletting. Will the good side or dark side flourish? The werewolves snarls as we wait, wait and wait. The saga will wrap, but have the filmmakers planted foreshadowing clues of how an aspect of the "Twilight Saga" might once again lighten a big or small screen?


Don't enter the auditorium anticipating a feel-good miracle similar to the one engineered by pilot Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger when he successfully glided a bird struck Airbus A320 to an amazing "miracle" on the Hudson splashdown. Mentioning the heroics and skill of Sullenberger in the same paragraph with "Flight's" Capt. Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) nearly becomes sacrilege. Both made extraordinary ditching of messed up aircraft, but Whitaker's character has baggage which scars his valiant conduct.

Washington's gripping, stoic and human personification of a fictional substance abusing airline commander, whose addictions override otherwise heroic circumstances befits award accolades. Washington's personal battle of contradictions eventually outweighs the suspense of the crash itself.

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