Fun with Franchises: Favorite Images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
One of the recurring features that we do in Fun with Franchises (a feature within a feature) is, after we finish watching a film, we go through and pick out our favorite images from that film. These images could be anything from really famous images from the film or franchise, really beautifully composed shots, shots that are funny to us because of the facial expressions being made in them or because of what we said about them in the article in which they appeared, or simply because they have boobs in them.
What we usually do is, just how we watch the films, Colin and I go in separately and pick out about ten to fifteen shots that we really liked. Then we compare lists, and whichever ones we both picked automatically go on our final list. And everything else we talk through and discuss why we like them, and eventually we’re left with a final list of ten images we liked the best, along with ten honorable mentions, which were also as good, but just missed out on making the list proper.
It’s not very complicated (like most things we do here on B+ Movie Blog), and is just a way for us to point out shots that we really liked in the films, especially since we tend to pick stuff that’s not always on the beaten path. (We also don’t officially rank the list of shots. We just put them in chronological order. Simply picking them is hard enough. We don’t want to make our lives any harder. Plus, we’re lazy.)
That said — here are our favorite images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2:
What better way to start but titties?
Okay — quick intro. Just two shots.
This is just like the Natalie shot, and those kinds of shots that I really like, only with sparkly jizz in her hair. So it’s doubly funny.
And then this last shot. I like the color to black and white. Obvious choice for the list, so I left it off, but I still like it.
Anyway, here’s the list. Let’s throw it down:
1. Return of the Deer Asshole
This is honestly the most satisfying character arc in the film.
And probably actual arc in the film.
You have no idea how happy I was to see this come back.
I’m still laughing at Mike’s line from the first scene of the first film. “Run, deer! Run from this movie!”
We have to give her one final shout out.
She’s really the best character in the franchise.
Plus, this is a nice moment for her, making a sex joke.
Alice is the one positive I’ll take out of this franchise.
You could do a lot worse. Some people’s one positive out of this franchise was probably HIV. All that blood flying around. Just sayin’.
Because look at these reactions.
Charlie is awesome.
None of this is necessary. Charlie is merely demonstrating what we’re all thinking.
Self-explanatory. This is fucking beautiful.
They barely earn this.
That is really good. Where the hell did this come from? Of course they only gave us like 1 second of it. Couldn’t be like Harry Potter and let us have some 5 second gorgeous establishing shots.
5. Michael Sheen
Is pretty awesome.
Look at his face! This is the sort of guy you can’t imagine in real life being a normal. Like, giving him a nice Christmas present and getting this face in return. Fuck.
6. Envelope, Booze
Because how awesome is that, passing someone a sealed envelope in a public place with “the order” in it, and then taking a swig of booze.
That face. It’s the eyes. You know who he reminds me of? Barry Henley. The guy who shows up in Michael Mann movies. Foxx and Farrell’s police boss in Miami Vice, and the jazz trumpet player in Collateral. He’s got those eyes. But it makes it amazing that he’s drinking.
Because a line of people emerging from fog is great.
Even if we have seen it before.
People in huge lines like this are always welcome. Unless it’s a line dance. I hate those. But there should be one of these in every movie.
8. This laugh
How could we not choose this laugh?
I can hear it just by looking at it.
This was the single most enjoyable moment in the franchise for me.
9. This shot
This truly is the shot of the franchise.
My god, is this amazing.
I have nothing to say but “behold.”
I chose this shot to represent all of them. So this will be the “official” shot.
But, honestly, since I really liked these opening credits — I’m putting more.
Because I can.
Like you didn’t think I’d do this.
They honestly are better than 85% of the rest of this movie. (I lowered the percentage because we do have an Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind the camera.)
Yeah, it’s still better than most of it.
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- This shot
Because, despite everything, it’s really a nice image.
They don’t even really give it context. It’s just nice. It almost predates context, given how this film starts.
- This shot
So much going on here.
All of it terrific.
She’s messing up Jacob, Edward’s annoyed, and Carlisle’s making that face. That, “Oh, she’s gonna beat his ass…” face. But at this point, after all the shit we’ve been through, wouldn’t you sort like to see Jacob get murdered?
I like the image.
In context it’s stupid, but whatever.
I view things out of context.
This is some Hansel and Gretel shit.
That story is an allegory for the Holocaust, right?
- The Vampire in the Volvo
One more for the… road.
Had to have that one last one. And this is the acceptable Volvo, too. I like this one. And there’s snow. There are things that I like about this image.
- This moment
Because honestly, this is the one moment in the film that actually has emotional impact.
So of course they barely linger on it and practically ignore its very existence.
Actually, this just makes me think dirty things.
- This shot
How hilarious is it that he’s running and there’s a guy flying away in the background?
This is like when Neville woke up during the Battle of Hogwarts and there was a dude just flying through the frame behind him. That was great.
- This shot
Because it looks nice, the two groups over the white.
There’s gonna be a lot of this from here on out. Because honestly, it’s better than nothing.
I like that they’re chilling in the back with the fire. Ready to burn bitches. If there’s anything you should remember in a vampire war, it’s that you must always be ready to burn bitches.
Overheads are fun.
Plus he’s in pieces.
“I cant feel my anything!”
- This shot
I like a good chaos shot.
This reminds me a bit of that shot from Return of the King where they’re charging the battlefield. The angle is sort of similar, but mostly it’s that there are columns of smoke rising from different parts of the frame.
- And this shot
Honestly, there wasn’t much else.
And it looks nice.
Kind of anticlimactic as a final shot, but isn’t that fitting?
That is a nice shot. It’s simple. Not a lot going on. And that’s nice.
So that’ll do it for this franchise’s shots. There’s really only one way to end this.
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Tomorrow are final thoughts, and then a new franchise.
(See the rest of the Fun with Franchises articles here.)