The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
By Wilson Morales

If you have seen all of the previous ‘Twilight’ films, and read the books (written by Stephanie Meyer), then nothing is going to stop you from seeing the final installment in the blockbuster, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.’ Whether the reviews are great, decent, or bad, the film is critic proof. Nevertheless, reviews have to be written for the non-Twihards and they have to decide if they want to get in on the bandwagon. That being said, ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ is the best of the series, despite the terrible CGI, mediocre dialogue and constant reminder of this is nothing but a love triangle between two guys and girl.

When ‘Part 1’ ended, Bella (Kristen Stewart), now married to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), gave birth to a human-vampire little girl named Renesmee shortly she turned into a vampire or risk dying. With ‘Part 2’ a happy-beautiful-looking Bella is now a full-fledge vampire and eager for her first kill, while the Cullen are amazed that she can easily handle the pressure so quickly. With her new-found strength, Bella is able to fight her thirst for human blood in exchange for carnivorous animals.

While she’s happy to see her trusted werewolf friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), and vice-versa, her feelings turn to anger when she hears that he was imprinted with her daughter, meaning that Jacob and Renesmee are supposed to be soul mates. Once she’s settled with that thought and Jacob has convinced her that things will be safe, life is merry for a bit. When Vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) see Renesmee (played by 10 year-old Mackenzie Foy), she immediately takes off to inform the Volturi clan that danger exist within the child and that the entire vampire survival is at stake. That leads Bella and the Cullens to travel the corners of the earth in search of other vampire families and allies that could help fight or convince Aro (Michael Sheen), the Volturi leader that the child is innocent of danger.

With an inevitable confrontation looming, and backed by vampires and werewolves, Bella must quickly learn all of she can of her strength if she, Edward, and Renesmee are to survive.

Aside the terrible CGI that was made of baby Renesmee, everything else is what the fans wanted. Yes, there has to be a Edward-Bella moment where love is expressed, and yes, Jacob has to take off his shirt again, but that’s expected. The fun part, especially if you are not a true fan, is the second half of the film. Directed by Bill Condon decided to throw a curveball and add in a sequence or two that fans won’t get from reading the book, and yet falls in line with the storyline. They truly saved the best action for last. No longer slow paced as the previous films, the fight scenes are vicious and enough to wonder how it managed to get a PG-13 rating. Credit goes to cinematographer Guillermo Navarro for making it intense, scary, and unpredictable; at least for a time being.

As for the acting, there isn’t much to say. After five films, the three leads (Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner) have grown up before our eyes and hopefully they will take their stardom and reinvent themselves in the film world. Stewart was never more beautiful as Bella and in this film, she, just like her character, grew with confidence.

As for the many newcomers, and there’s a lot of them, a few stand because they were given a dialogue or two. Lee Pace, Rami Malek, Noel Fisher made of the scenes, as well as the Amazons (played by Tracey Heggins and Judi Shekoni). With the Volturi clan, Michael Sheen made he was in a campy film with a laugh that will be remembered, while Dakota Fanning does the best acting with her eyes.

After seeing “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” “Part 1,” the dialogue is still foolish in the finale, but the romance is what sold the series. In ‘Breaking Dawn P2,’ it’s the action that will drive the fans to see to concluding film.

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