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fter three doses of heart-stopping beauty courtesy of Robert Pattinson, fang-fanatic girls across the world have been waiting for this fourth installment of the Twilight movie franchise. The Twilight Saga tells the age-old story of forbidden love – but with more sparkles and sharper teeth. This fourth film adaptation of the best-selling teen vampire novel series brings to life what happens after “'til death do us part”. Edward Cullen (Pattinson) vows to spend an eternity with Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in this years most anticipated wedding. Elegant dresses and an aisle strewn with white flowers are the breath-taking qualities in this flawless outdoor ceremony, which, for all it's fantastical perfection, is brought back to reality by Jessica's (Anna Kendrick) comically cynical observations. But it's after all the toasts are said and the goodbyes are made that the real story begins. Romantic Rio de Janeiro becomes the beautiful backdrop to an extremely unusual dilemma that once again puts Bella's life at risk. Here, on secluded and seductive Isle Esme, she is faced with the most difficult decision yet. Stewart gives her best performance as Bella, bringing out a cute and amusing side to the character that was previously hidden behind a somewhat emotionally reclusive acting style. In fact, the entire cast have really upped their game. Bella and Edward's relationship is no longer awkward to behold, but has blossomed into a sweetness that's fun to watch, and our heroine's friendship with best pal Jacob (Taylor Launter) is poignant enough to bring a heart-warming “awwww”. The beginning felt a little rushed as the

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audience is swept suddenly from the wedding preparations, to Edward, rather unnecessarily, revealing his sordid past to his wife-tobe. Although the film soon finds a good pace, the plot line wasn't exactly bursting with excitement, and with curiously hollow scenes peppered throughout these hundredand-seventeen minutes, the audience is left wondering why the last Twilight book needed to be split into two films. The tender moments which bind this group of vampires, werewolves and humans together were executed beautifully, and the soundtrack echoes the music used in the previous Twilight films. It goes without saying that Breaking Dawn is an absolute must-see for all fans of the ever-popular vampire romance genre; but there are uncomfortable and squeamish scenes that are not for the faint hearted.

Katrin Lloyd

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ill List was released in cinemas on 2nd September and was only screened in select cinemas based on a limited release. The film is an entirely British film and was filmed in Sheffield and South Yorkshire and is directed by British director Ben Wheatley.

The film tells the story of a British solider who when he returns from Kiev, joins his old friend as a contract killer. But whilst out on the job his disturbed past surfaces and he loses control leading to his employers raising the stakes. The cast includes Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley and Emma Fryer who really drive the story along. The DVD runs at 95 minutes longs and honestly, it feels like you are watching two separate films. The first half of the film is really driven by the interaction of the four main characters and the audience is drawn into their relationships and everyday lives. After Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) begin their job, the film seems to be driven into a completely new direction. In parts the film felt confusing and felt like it was moving in at two different paces. This may have been done on purpose in terms of the nar-

rative but it reflected differently on film. Viewers should also be aware that the film becomes very violent and changes from a simple contract killing to complete violent outbursts and this sometimes felt uncomfortable to watch. The actors give a good performance with the material they were given and seeing as the story relies heavily on their interaction, they have a hard job to do. It was hard to relate to the characters and was sometimes hard to relate with their on screen emotions. The film is filmed well but the story lets the final presentation down. Overall the film is confusing and hard to watch and even enjoy. At times it feels like the story will really pick up but it doesn’t and that is disappointing. The final product could have been something really special if a few tweaks where made here and there. Kill List is released on DVD on 26th December. As well as the film the DVD extra features include Making of Kill List, Interviews and Trailers.

Amy Westlake

does Santa deliver all of those Answers the age old question that every child asks, “How presents in one night?” s for people of all ages There is a mixed bag of humour and the story presents laugh

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ith the Christmas season just around the corner, Arthur Christmas is the first film to bring audiences into the Christmas mood. Released on 11th November Arthur Christmas tells the story of how the son of Father Christmas (Arthur) try’s to stop one child being missed after her present isn’t delivered. The film is presented in both 3D and 2D and answers the age old question that every child asks, “How does Santa deliver all of those presents in one night?” The audience is introduced early to the whole of the Claus family that includes, as well as Father Christmas, Arthur, Steve and Grandsanta. Arthur Christmas is voiced by a great cast, which includes James MCAvoy (Arthur), Hugh Laurie (Steve), Bill Nighy (Grandsanta), Jim Broadbent (Santa) and Ashley Jensen

(Bryony). The British cast really do bring the film to life and each voice allows the audience to love each individual character. There is a mixed bag of humour and the story presents laughs for people of all ages. Even though the film is predominantly aimed at children, adults will get a good laugh too. In parts the story is slightly slow and it does take a little while for the overall story to kick in after the audience is introduced to everybody necessary. As previously said, the comedy elements are presented for all ages so some of the comedy does fall short for the younger audiences and probably doesn’t get the laughs it deserves. The film is only 97 minutes long and is probably the prefect length to keep people interested. If the story was any longer then people would get bored and it would just be too much to absorb for an animation film.

Overall though, Arthur Christmas is a great film to kick of the 2011 Christmas season. The story is full of Christmas spirit and tells a new, modern and original story. The cast are great and audiences are transported into a world of Christmas joy, children leave still believing in Santa and adults can enjoy the humour and honestly people are bound to leave the film knowing that is has confirmed what we all truly believe and that is, ‘In Santa We Trust’. To wrap it up, people of all ages will enjoy Arthur Christmas and the journey you take with the family of Father Christmas.

Amy Westlake

Seren - 221 - 2011/12 - December Issue  

This is the December 2011/12 issue of Seren, Bangor Univeristy's English Language Newspaper. Produced by students for students.