Posted on 11/26/12 08:24 PM
The Twilight Saga began back in 2008. Ever since the books were published and even with the films, there have been two different groups towards them. It's devoted fans, consisting mostly of teenage girls and other romance fanatics, and then there are those who outright hate the series with a fiery vengeance (who are apparently the much more outspoken). I myself fall in-between those two groups, but lean more towards the haters. I don't hate the books or the movies for the most part, but I'm not very fond of them, either.
Breaking Dawn Part II is a continuation of Part I from last year and the final movie in the series. This is the time when the haters will be rejoicing. I can imagine them saying things like "Hallelujah!," "Thank God!," or even "There is a God!" The only thing that can scare them about this series now is if they have family members or friends that have Twilight in their collection or the horror of a possible reboot (may that day never come).
The movie begins with the first few minutes showing us some imagery with a nice musical score to go with it. Then we cut back to where Part I left off, with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) becoming a vampire. Since she was a newborn vampire, the Cullens sent her out hunting and help her to learn to control her vampire instincts. Meanwhile, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who has gotten over Bella, has imprinted on Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella's half-human half-vampire infant daughter, Renesmee, meaning that she would become his mate once she grew old enough.
But when the Volturi find out about Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), who has grown into a little girl within a short amount of time, they decide to act to kill her, believing her to be an Immortal Child, which were considered very dangerous among their kind. This leads to the Cullens calling upon their relatives to "witness" that Renesmee was not an Immortal Child and to convince the Volturi that she is no threat to their race.
Out of all the Twilight films, the finale has proven to be more enjoyable than any of it's predecessors. The previous four mostly just revolved around the love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob. But things got a little different since Bella and Edward gave birth to their child at the end of the previous film. It was also nice to see some more vampires in the movie. And the sparkly thing is only shown like one time in this movie and there isn't very much shirtless scenes.
The best thing that can be said about this film is the battle of the vampires and the werewolves against the Volturi, which is probably the most excitement you'll ever have in a Twilight film and better than the one in Eclipse. But the resolution at the end of the fight did kind of tick me off (you'll know what I mean if you've seen the movie). The CGI is at its best in the series, but they aren't anything to marvel about and the visuals on the baby Renesmee are fake.
The acting, while mediocre, is at least better than it was in the previous installments. It seems that chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson has somehow gotten better, despite that I didn't like them in the previous films and that Kristen cheated on Robert with the Snow White and the Huntsman director (although they have reconciled). Bella being turned into a vampire has also somehow given Stewart the ability to give a slightly better performance than when she was human. Taylor Lautner has gotten more used to playing the werewolf, Jacob, and does what he can with the role. The rest of the Cullens I didn't think so much of. The other vampires didn't inspire much, but one of them did manage to get a good chuckle from me when he says "The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!" Michael Sheen wasn't very imposing as Aro and the laugh he makes at one point is just downright laughable. The other Volturi characters aren't any better.
Even for a rather dismal series, it is a mildly decent finale.