Robert Pattinson is arguably the most popular English actor of his generation. Between 2012 and 2018 he appeared in four blockbuster movies that earned him over £220 million worldwide. Apart from acting, Pattinson is also a fashion style icon, known for his eccentric yet stylish personality. Several fashion brands used him as their key model in their campaigns, especially in the run-up to and after the release of the Twilight films, which were made in conjunction with designers such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren, and others.
New York Fashion Week
One of the biggest fashion events of the year is New York Fashion Week. It is one of the most important events of the year due to the fact that it sets the trends for the upcoming year. This year’s event was full of exciting fashion moments, ranging from catwalk shows to style awards and gala dinners. It culminated in a large-scale celebration of all things fashion, dubbed the “NYFW Gala”.
The star-studded evening was put on by American Vogue and saw some of the world’s most famous fashion designers and models come together to celebrate fashion. Celebrities including Kate Moss, Lily Collins, and Emily Ratajkowski attended the event. The theme of the night was “romance” and the evening’s attendees were given the opportunity to take a peek into the heart of a designer and get an idea of how their brand sees romance. The event also gave attendees the chance to meet some of the designers and get their thoughts on style and romance. It was a great night for fashion and a fitting end to what was otherwise a very exciting week.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Breaking Dawn was released in theaters across the world in the final week of April 2012. It was the final movie in the Twilight Saga and the first of a two-part series finale. The movie was incredibly popular and became the highest-grossing film of 2012, earning over £70 million in England and Wales alone. It also became the highest-grossing Twilight film in theaters, breaking the previous record held by Twilight (2008) with £63.9 million.
The main reason behind Breaking Dawn’s immense popularity is simple: it is the culmination of ten years of audience investment in the characters and story lines of the Twilight Saga. The fans were able to finally see the twilight of Bella and Stephen’s (Pattinson) relationship and were able to celebrate with the couple. Though this was ultimately a happy ending for the couple, it was still a tearjerker at times. In one particularly emotional sequence, Bella throws herself off a cliff following a heated argument with her mother, (played by Kelly Preston). The scene was so incredibly well-shot that it has become one of the most iconic images of the Twilight Saga. Since its release, the scene has been parodied countless times on film and television. It currently has over 340 million views on YouTube (owned by Google).
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The second part of the finale to Breaking Dawn, titled Breaking Dawn Part 2, was released in theaters in the UK on March 26, 2013. It was also met with rave reviews and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year, earning over £33 million in its first week alone. Some critics hailed it as the best of the Twilight Saga, praising its direction, special effects, and acting ranges. The sequel was also nominated for several awards, including a BAFTA for Best Costume Design and several Satellite Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black).
This sequel builds on the emotional story line of the previous movie, incorporating more action, romance, and darker elements. Though it still revolves around the Cullens, Bella’s (Bella Thorne) life in Forks is once again intertwined with the mysterious Jacob (Taylor Lautner). The film opens with Bella getting into a scuffle with a group of Native American vampires, one of whom, Fangtail (Rick Peters), ends up biting her. The rest of the movie follows, telling the story of Bella’s continuing descent into madness and the Cullens’ efforts to save her. It is a darker interpretation of the Twilight Saga, which many fans loved and praised.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the first instalment in the Twilight Saga to be released in Russia. It was given a 15 rating by the Russian film censor, which allows for more offensive content, as well as greater access to adult themes and potentially stronger language. The sequel also features more blood, gore, and sexually-themed scenes than its predecessor. Though these aspects of the movie are meant to be intense and gripping, they are likely to offend some viewers.
The third film in the X-Men franchise, The Wolverine, was released in theaters in the UK on July 26, 2013. It was directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, James Mangold, and Yukio Sugihara. The Wolverine is set six years after the events of The Last Stand and follows the adventures of Wolverine (Jackman), who is trying to maintain a low profile and avoid being detected by the government. The film also stars Patrick Stewart, Daniel Craig, Rose Byrne, and Gil Bellows. The Wolverine is another critical and commercial success, earning over £31 million in theaters across the UK and over $85 million worldwide.
The Wolverine is not only successful because of its main protagonist. Hugh Jackman gives his all-time best performance as Wolverine and steals the show every minute he is on screen. (As a side note, Jackman was arguably one of the best actors of his generation, if not the best.) Critics and audiences alike loved Jackman’s take on the iconic character and felt that he perfectly embodied the tortured soul and animal instincts that are present in all Wombles. This is also reflected in the phenomenal response that the film’s opening theme, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”, has garnered on YouTube, with over 830 million views as of August 2017.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, was released in theaters in the UK on December 15, 2014. It was the most expensive movie of all time, with an estimated budget of over £89 million. Though some fans were disappointed that it did not live up to their high expectations, the film still earned over £15 million in its first week alone and nearly £21 million in its second weekend. It also became the highest-grossing installment in the franchise, earning over £100 million worldwide.
The Battle of the Five Armies continues the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his company of thirteen dwarves, who journey in search of the gold and gems that they can take back to their home. The movie is set almost four months after the end of the previous film, with most of the characters now grown and established as individuals. Though the narrative takes an unexpected left turn, Jackson and his team did an incredible job in bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. It was a fantastic journey that fans will remember for a long time.
The movie takes a few significant risks, not least in the fact that it completely departs from the books, in which Bilbo does not feature heavily. These changes give the movie unprecedented scope, as well as an additional layer of meaning. In an interview with SFX, Peter Jackson stated that The Hobbit is, in fact, the “spiritual sequel” to Middle-earth: “It really starts from scratch. There’s no prequel; there’s no sequel – it’s just a complete story. That was really important to me. We didn’t feel bound by anything except that we wanted to put out a good story, and I think that we have.” The director went on to explain that adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s works for the big screen is no mean feat. However, he stated that he did not feel any extra pressure because of it: “Well, I don’t feel any more pressure because we’re doing it for real, I suppose. We couldn’t do it today if he hadn’t written the books in the first place. It would be fantastic to make a film, it would be amazing. But if he hadn’t written the books… We’re sort of following in his footsteps, but we’re not trying to be exact replicas, because that was impossible.”