The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Director: Bill Condon
Current Location: In Theaters
Current Location: In Theaters
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
I must add a disclaimer that I have not read Breaking Dawn. I stopped reading the series at New Moon after my hate that Edward was missing from the majority of the book. I also started Twilight when it was first published (before the craze) so I didn't feel like waiting a whole year for Eclipse.
Now, onto the movie review. My first thought after the credits rolled: What in the hell did I just watch? Seriously. Where was the plot? What happened? Nothing. Here's the story of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 in three sentences.
Bella has fun with her new vampire skills. The Cullens track down other vampires to act as "witnesses" to testify that Renesmee is not immortal. They convince the Volturi....everyone goes home happy.
WHAT?! I think I wouldn't have been greatly disappointed if I had read the book. Then I would have known not to expect fireworks and huge shockers. From my point of view, everything was just really lame.
There were some amazing actors in this movie too. Joe Anderson (Across the Universe) made an appearance, but his character didn't really do anything. I was waiting for some crazy plot twist and really he wasn't utilized at all. This isn't the movie's fault obviously. They're working with what's in a book. I think the biggest issue I have is that the last book shouldn't have been split up in two movies. I think Breaking Dawn would have been vastly better if it was all in one.
The end of a great series, like Harry Potter, is always bitter sweet. I knew there would be a montage of all the memories from the past four movies. Maybe it was the song, or my already huge disappointment with the rest of the film, but I thought that the montage looked like a fan video on youtube.
One thing I did like was the addition of all the cool powers with the other vamps. And Bella's view of the world as a vampire was filmed very well. I was also pleased that they didn't make the Jacob-Renesmee imprinting stuff too creepy. The very very end credits highlight everyone from all four movies, and I thought it was a nice touch.
Overall, not my favorite Twilight movie. Not because it was filmed poorly, but because it lacked an exciting ending. Yes, this is a flaw more with the book than the movie. My favorite Twilight movie? Well, probably Eclipse because it had a good story line.
It's the end of an era. Of sparkly vampires. Of RPatz craze. Of KStew scandals. I'm actually excited. Because it's the beginning of other things in Hollywood. Of Shadowhunter fandom. Of Dauntless pride. Of beautiful creatures.
I'm ready for it.