This year was a landmark one for the 20-year-old Twilight actor, as he married his longtime girlfriend, FKA Twigs, and they welcomed twins, Luna and Éclair. He also became a father for the first time. While Robert is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today, the 2015 season was marked by increased pressure, not only from fans but from critics and even some friends who believe he let himself down.
The film that kicked off the 2015 season was Sam Mendes’s Skyfall. Directed by John Woo, the movie is set in a snowy environment, which is something of a departure for the Siena school of film. Based on the bestselling novel by James Bond author Ian Fleming, the film focuses on the famous British spy as he tries to navigate the political intrigues of the Chinese government. While Mendes’s previous film, 2015’s Spectre, was set in the present day, with a contemporary setting for the action scenes, Skyfall is a throwback to the Golden Age of espionage, with a script that draws heavily on the tropes of the genre.
The film follows a similar arc to earlier works in the Bond franchise, as our hero must contend with a villainous mastermind (Mikael Hedwall) who pulls the strings of a shadowy government organization. Mendes told Entertainment Tonight, “[Skyfall] is a beautiful marriage of old-school, noir-ish storytelling and cutting-edge modern action cinema. I think people are going to love it.”
It’s fair to say that, at the end of the day, Mendes’s return to form was long awaited. The European filmmaker has been on a creative roll since 2013’s Oscar-winning movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Skyfall is yet another example of his impressive directing career.
Vampires And Werewolves
One of the more interesting aspects of Skyfall is that it wasn’t just a departure from the typical spy thriller; it was also a departure from the Twilight series. In the film, the vampires and werewolves serve as James Bond’s allies in the fight against the evil organization. While this might sound like an odd combination, it’s one that paid off spectacularly. Not only does it add a touch of fantasy to an already incredible story, but it helped establish a new connection between Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond and the world of Twilight. It was a match made in heaven.
When Twilight became a worldwide phenomenon in 2011, it forever changed how we viewed not only vampires but also the media and how Hollywood thought about its target audience. The film, based on the bestselling novel by Stephanie Meyer, follows the struggles of Bella Swan (Taylor Lautner), a teenage girl who happens to be both a vampire and a werewolf. As she tries to navigate the dangers of high school, fall for the wrong boy, and fit in with her vampire family, Bella’s story inspired a generation of young women to grow up and embrace their supernatural strengths. As a result, vampires and werewolves have never been more popular, and it’s spawned a cottage industry of novels, comic books, and television shows.
While it’s been a tough few years for the Twilight cast and crew (not to mention its loyal legion of fans), the series has never been more popular. Twilight held the top spot on the 2015 year-end bestseller list, and its spinoff series, The Twilight Saga: Rebirth, was also among the top ten. In July 2015, Summit Entertainment, the studio that distributes the franchise, announced that international ratings were up for the first time in years, and that Twilight was the number one movie in 27 foreign markets. According to the studio, the film also saw a 27% increase in North America and 12% in Latin America. The success of the franchise can be attributed in part to Netflix’s hugely popular Witcher series, which is set in the same universe as Twilight and borrows from the same author. Netflix’s Witcher releases were both critical and commercial successes, so much so that fans started to petition for more stories.
Baby On Board
For the first time in years, critics, fans, and even some of Robert’s exes were on the same page when it came to a new Robert Pattinson project. The actor finally delivered on all the promises he made in his 2014 album, R.Pattz, and its first single, “On My Mind.” The song is an intimate look at Pattinson’s life and a paean to his “baby on board.”
“On My Mind” was inspired by Pattinson’s twin daughter, Stella, who was born in January 2014. One of the most exciting parts of the song is the line “[she’s] the light in my dark,” which refers not only to the infant, but also to the actress Fanny Beale, who plays Pattinson’s on-screen mother, Sarah, in the Twilight films. In an interview with The Guardian, Pattinson said, “I have a daughter now, and it’s the most amazing thing. A light has gone on. I want to be a good father.”
The actor began working on R.Pattz while still struggling with addiction. He told NME, “I wasn’t ready to be a father then, and thinking about it now makes me want to cry. I feel really blessed that everything turned out the way it did.” He added, “I feel like I’ve rediscovered myself as a dad. It’s been the most amazing change.”
While many hailed R.Pattz as a triumphant comeback, for the actor, it was yet another lesson in the importance of family. The album’s second single, “Watermelon Seeds,” is a heartfelt ode to his late father, Godfrey, who passed away in May 2013. In the song, Pattinson details the impact that losing his father had on him and expresses how much he misses him.
“A part of me will always be missing, that’s for sure,” he sings. “But I feel like I’ve found a new family and I love them. It’s funny how things work out. Dad would have loved this song.”
More Than Meets The Eye
One of the most intriguing aspects of R.Pattz is that it not only marks an important moment in the career of the Twilight franchise’s breakout star, but it also serves as the beginning of a new chapter for the 33-year-old actor. Since the release of Twilight, Patton has appeared in a string of films, mostly low-budget indies and music videos. While the former may not seem like a major turning point, it is. For the first time in years, the actor has something to offer beyond his Twilight co-stars, and he intends to make the most of it.
“I’m not just a pretty face,” he told NME. “I have something to give. People will see more than just a pretty boy in action movies.”
The future looks incredibly bright for the Scottish-born star. Not only has he found fame and fortune in Hollywood, but he’s also managed to keep some of the joy that comes with motherhood. In the coming months, we’ll see a lot more from Pattinson, and we can only hope that he continues to succeed as he promotes a more mature image.