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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Movie Rating: This entry has a rating of 1.5

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, 2012, USA

Well…I guess I can say I’ve seen all of the Twilight movies now. Like most of its predecessors, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was laughably bad. Most of the actors are either legitimately bad or phoning it in, and the story was just…stupid.

Bella (Kristen Stewart) is a “newborn” vampire, and, apparently, can do no wrong. Her and her husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson) are settling in to enjoy life with their hybrid vampire/human daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) when she is mistaken for an immortal child, apparently a big no-no in the vampire world. Another no-no that was conveniently dropped from the movie: naming your freaking kid Renesmee. Alice (Ashley Greene) discovers that the Volturi are coming for them, so the family must round up supporters who see that Renesmee is, in fact, a hybrid so they don’t all get killed by the Volturi.

Stewart is completely awful in the movie. She’s a boring actress and while a big deal is made about the fact that she’s now a vampire, she doesn’t seem to differentiate herself in any way. You would think she would behave differently as a vampire, but she doesn’t. I get that Bella is pretty much an empty shell of a character and that we’re supposed to believe that she’s suddenly powerful and badass, but Stewart doesn’t sell it at all. She had five movies to inject some personality into this flat character, but she never does.

There were several moments throughout the movie that left me shaking my head. Why on Earth would any author think that some of the choices she made were a good idea?! Jacob (Taylor Lautner) imprints on an infant, which is beyond creepy and uncomfortable to watch. Then we have a painfully awkward sex scene between Edward and Bella which concludes with them deciding that sex is awesome because they’re vampires and have infinite stamina. Was that necessary for any reason other than to give the teenage Edward fan girls their jollies?

The two standout actors in this film were Michael Sheen, who plays the Volturi leader Aro, and Lee Pace, who plays Garrett. Both actors are far too good for this franchise.

All in all, mostly a waste of time. I did get some perverse amusement out of just how poor it was, but if you’re looking for legitimately good cinema, please skip this movie. Heck, if you’re a fan of the book you may even want to skip it.

The ending

Warning: There are serious movie spoilers below here. If you care, please do not scroll down any further!

My friend, Dawn, who went to see this movie with me, had issues with the ending. She’s read the books, and there is a twist in this movie that does not appear in the books, and appears solely to bring in an action sequence. There is a fight scene that’s tense and surprisingly violent…but it turns out to merely be a vision in Alice’s head. She’s showing Aro what will happen if they fight.

Now, I’m no fan of the story and generally don’t care, but this “twist” felt cheap. It was a stupid way to introduce tension to the movie and, from what I’ve read and heard from Dawn, fans were pretty angry about it. Heck, in my screening, there were shouts of “no way” and other expressions of disbelief. I saw the movie at a local second-run theatre and if people are still verbally expressing displeasure towards a twist after the movie has been out for three months…I’d say you dropped the ball.

When adapting a book into a film, one must think of the fans, and it seems to me that the fans were forgotten in this instance. I’m all for making alterations in a film adaptation if they help a story, but, from what I’ve heard, this didn’t really add to the story.

  1. Rob
    February 15th, 2013 at 15:15 | #1

    Does .. er, seeing all the Twilight movies make you a Twilight fan? :P

    (I can’t speak badly about the series, frankly. My sis-in-law and niece were raving about it, and before all the heavy backlash or what I knew what it was about, I rented the first one – I wasn’t appalled. :/ It was… serviceable. Not enough to get me to see the others or laugh at it, but in the context of teen trash it did its job while at least being halfway entertaining… despite the atrocious leads. [Kristen Stewart has to be the biggest energy leech of an actor in Hollywood; all she does is sulk and brood, never smiling or laughing or doing anything that would resemble fun. Even an intelligent thought would’ve been nice. And the guy vampire has a face that would make boxers out of pacifists…)

  2. Jennifer
    February 16th, 2013 at 15:59 | #2

    @Rob

    I have some serious moral issues with some of the underlying themes within the franchise (the fact that the female protagonist lacks any personality, she always needs saving, and the implications that domestic violence is acceptable, etc), so I’ve been very critical of the series in the past. But I figured I should see all four so I can at least say that I’ve seen the series, and so that I can have a foot to stand on when I do criticize the franchise. Plus my friend Dawn is a fan of the series and went with me to see them (mostly to see my reaction to them, I think…).

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