I’m going to admit it….I’ve read all the books and now I’ve finally seen all the films. They aren’t THAT bad! Ok the books aren’t Shakespeare and the movies aren’t Gone With The Wind but they ARE entertaining! All the Twilight haters seem to spend more time broadcasting to the world how much they hate the Saga rather than avoiding it.
Breaking Dawn Part 1 left a sour taste in my mouth with its over dramaticness and what was essentially a filler for the finale.
So Part 2 picks off exactly where the previous finished. Bellas eyes are red, hurrah she’s finally a vampire! The following 10 minutes are spent on showing Bella as a newborn vampire, hunting down food, climbing up walls, resisting human blood and actually seeming quite normal! She meets her daughter (creepy CGI baby face) finds out Jacob has imprinted on the baby, see’s her dad for the first time since he found out she was ‘ill’ and starts on a normal family life. This pretty much all happens in the first 30 minutes of the film. The pace is fast and unlike anything we’ve seen in the previous Twilight films.
This means that when Bella’s daughter (Renesmee) is seen by Irina, the Volturi is made aware that it the Cullens appear to have made an immortal child. Then the race is on to convince other vampires and then the Volturi that she was born half vampire, not turned. As this is the focus of the book, it’s good to see how much of the movie was actually spent on this plot. We don’t have an hour of brooding looks and ‘I love you’, instead we get the introduction of more vampires, some nifty supernatural gifts and a plot that is actually worth our time.
Kirsten Stewart performs the best compared to how Bella is in the previous films. Clumsy, stuttering Bella has gone and now is this confident, happy and self sure Bella which is more joyous to watch. Robert Pattinson seems to have fun as Edward and spends quite a few scenes actually smiling which is a nice change. And Taylor Lautner isn’t in the movie too much which is a bonus in itself!
The story movies at a good pace until the finale arrives and we are treated to a SFX spectacle with a Vampire/Werewolf show down which doesn’t disappoint. Or does it? The ending, elaborated from the book, will divide people…it will make non fans stay as non fans and it will keep fans happy and show what Stephanie Meyer was too afraid to in the books.
I really enjoyed this last installment. And while not an amazing piece of filmmaking, I was thoroughly entertained and in context of the Twilight Saga, I give this a thumbs up.