The good news- Yes, the dancing is outstanding and I can appreciate the dedication and work that goes in to accomplishing the movements, incredible!
The Bad news - I just find it so damn hard to stomach the "let's mob dance and change the world" plot. It ruined all the dancing for me..period. God- why dont you film makers actually CONTRIBUTE to the mind of the creative and young...instead of distracting them with bullcrap.
Revolution? HAHAHA! It should of been called "Step Up Shmuck"
(for the makers of this movie are the people the movie claims to be "dancing" against)
I hesitated between giving this movie 3 or 4 stars. The reason is it takes a little while for the pace to pick up, and if you haven't seen the Hulk, or Thor it can start very slow. With that said, once the action picks up-this films a rockin! Excellent special effects - great cast - and family friendly storyline. I would definitely recommend!
Ugh. I really don't know why, after seeing the other films in the Twilight series, I continue to go and expect something better. I'm a masochist, I must be. I started to list all the negatives from this film from special effects, script adaptation to the acting but there is not enough room. Here are a few examples of where the movie goes completely off track (and NOT in a good way) from the books; Book Edward was so much more confident, calm cool and collected -thats half of what made him hot, the other half could have been accomplished had a few more coins for special effects been spent making him and the other vamps look powerful and immortal. Cheap studio execs. Next, Jake was not a pretty boy in the book- its also kinda essential he grows from like 5'6 to 6'8 in a short amount of time...couldn't you have at least had him walk on planks like in the green mile? Bella- Kristen looks like her but acts, well...she doesn't act and thats the problem. Whats she going to do when as a vamp she can't use her lip biting as her entire emotional acting arsenal? Don't get me started on the rest. To the casting gods- here's a great switch-a-roo that would've looked good on your resume; take the guy who played "james" in the first movie and make him "jasper", take the guy who plays "Dr. Cullen" and have him play "James" in the first movie. See? Didn't cost a dime to do-just a little thought and effort. Try it next time.
Kudos to whomever created the character of the French woman (I don't want to spoil it with more than that) - hilarious, hilarious hilarious! Myself, an adult woman, plus five children (boys and girls) ages 9 through 13 had a great time. Yes, even the "I'm so bored" 13 year old girls did not ask to leave their seats for a bathroom break (code for "I need to check my messages") and we all left the theatre gabbing about our favorite moments in the film. The downside? We had a song from the movie stuck in our heads for days- a very annoying song called "Afro Circus", lol.
Summary: pleasant enough experience for kids and adults alike. Could it have been better? Absolutely. The writing was not as clever as we have come to expect from our animation films. It was no Toy Story or Shrek. However, in between the beautiful Irish lilt in female voices to the parody of Celtic menfolk, the lessons in communication between parent and child are worthy of time and money. Little girls will laugh and some will even shed a tear before the film ends, but the big "boon" will be for Moms. More than a few Mothers will get an all too rare "I love You Mom" from their tween girl(s) and toddlers toward the film's end sequence. That alone is worth the price of admission.