Each year since President Obama has been elected, a "Twilight" movie has been released. The box office revenue has generated more revenue than the President's taxation policies. With this kind of economic incentive, one wonders if author Stephenie Meyer had secretly written a continuation of her vampire/werewolf middle school Gothic romance. When word "leaked" that a "twist" ending had been added to **Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2,** one feared another four **Twilight** movies by 2016.
Fortunately **Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2** does present closure to the Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart) saga. In the last flick, the newlywed Bella was on the verge of dying during the birth of her child. Thanks to the timely action of her husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison), Bella becomes a vampire. This upsets the vampire status quo and an international civil war rages in the forests of Washington state.
As a series of five movies, the **Twilight** improved with each production. To the producer's credit, they fulfilled fan expectations. It will be fascinating if in the year 2022, will the fan base feel the same affection to either Team Jacob, Team Edward or the trials of Bella Swan.
Cinema Dave had no interest in seeing **Rise of the Guardians** until he heard about Guilermo Del Toro's involvement. Visually, **Rise of the Guardians** is full of Del Toro details that references his mentors, H.P.Lovecraft, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood.
Yet as a narrative, **Rise of the Guardians** seems to be stitched together by two or three short stories involving Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is the central character. He is commissioned to become a Guardian in an effort to help children keep their innocence. Like any hero who reads Dr. Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces," Jack refuses the responsibility. The master antagonist, this time it is a character named Pitch (Jude Law), threatens the dreams of children and Jack Frost rises to the occasion.
With a trailer like this,
one expected a BIG BLOCKBUSTER.
The marketing was phenomenal.
Bus posters had rulers on them, which compared the size of the bus as related to the size of Godzilla. In the age of the internet, the picture of "Godzilla" was not revealed until opening day.
Then the disappointment began, for the monster did not seem like "Godzilla," but some sort of Ninja Night Lizard.