'Breaking' helmer slams male critics

Director of the movie Bill Condon poses at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -...

Director of the movie Bill Condon poses at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" in Los Angeles, California November 12, 2012. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 16. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Male film critics with a hate on for The Twilight Saga are being sexist, according to Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon.

"I find it frustrating," Condon tells QMI Agency in a one-on-one interview, just as Part 2 of Breaking Dawn comes to theatres worldwide. Condon says the same critics complain there is "not enough action" in any of the Twilight movies to satisfy them -- except for the big battle scene at the climax of Part 2.

Talking about his two Breaking Dawn movies, Condon says: "This high school girl gets married, she has sex for the first time, she gets pregnant, she gives birth to a vampire-human baby, she dies and she's reborn as a vampire. That's a lot that happens. But people get killed here and finally 'they' think something 'happened.' It's just a boy-girl thing. It really is.

"The only thing I find frustrating is that boys and men are so used to the culture being what they're interested in, that they don't think they have to bend at all. When it comes to this stuff, 'It's crap and it's always going to be crap!' I do feel that there is a sexist thing that is underneath it all. I really do! It gets devalued because it has to do with female concerns."

Of course, many film critics -- and any males who refuse to see Twilight movies -- might think Condon is full of crap, too. But he is passionate and we thought he should have the chance to vent.

Part of the problem is that the Twilight series is what Condon calls "full-on romantic melodrama -- without irony." That style of filmmaking was no longer popular in Hollywood -- until The Twilight Saga rejuvenated the genre, Condon says. "It is very much very open and emotional!"


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