Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Whether you’ve been excited all year to see the finale, sad to see it all end, or just very relieved that soon you won’t have to hear about it ever again, the reality is that the end of The Twilight Saga has arrived. In Breaking Dawn – Part 2, newlywed Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart) awakes from her near-death experience as a newborn vampire and a mother to Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), who successfully survived her birth after quite literally clawing and bursting her way out of Bella’s body. The half-human-half-vampire child matures at an unbelievably accelerated rate, walking and talking within a week of her birth.
When an old family friend of the Cullens catches sight of Renesmee from afar and immediately believes she is an ‘immortal child’ (a human child who was turned into a vampire), they’re reported to the almighty Volturi, who visit the Cullens to punish them for their alleged crime. Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson) rally together a legion of allies to stand with them, confront the Volturi and convince them that Renesmee is not what they believe her to be.
Director Bill Condon, who also directed Breaking Dawn – Part 1, continues in his predecessors’ footsteps of capturing beautiful landscape views, which are all breathtaking in themselves, but sadly nothing we haven’t seen before. Mediocre dialogue and some stiff acting – we guess that comes with having a cast of pretty faces – once again let the film down. We’d expect that with an estimated budget of $120 million (more than three times that of the first film), the CGI would be far more impressive, but poor baby Renesmee’s face resembles that of some freaky toy baby.
We did like the unexpected twist that Condon slipped into the plot, which fits in nicely with the rest of the storyline without completely altering the original story, and will surely interest and pleasantly surprise some ‘Twihards’ who already know the entire story off by heart. The final scenes definitely don’t disappoint in their action-packed, exciting pace, even if they are reminiscent of the vampire war in Eclipse. And Bella finally gets to do some fighting after years of standing there trembling like a poor piece of bait.
While Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is by no means a masterpiece, it is definitely the best film in the series overall: the scenery is beautiful, the action thrilling, there’s plenty of eye candy, and the storyline keeps you on your toes, whether you’re completely familiar with it or not. It may be this century’s love-hate phenomenon, but while Twilight‘s haters rant about how they couldn’t care less, fans of the franchise will be satisfied and teary at how it all ends. And that’s just what Condon and author Stephenie Meyer are hoping for.