Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

| 15 November , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5

Times they are a changing. Today brings with it the end of an era for millions of Twilight fans around the world with the release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final instalment of the popular series. It must feel akin to something of a bittersweet symphony for Twi-hards who have been waiting anxiously for this final release, all the while knowing that it also spells the end to their favourite fantasy.

Like it or loathe it, a young adult book and the little indie film that could, have had an instrumental impact over the past eight years. It is because of Twilight that ‘imprinting’ is in popular lexicon, fan culture has grown steroids, and bored housewives have fifty shades of something to share with their husbands. Can we attribute a sexual revolution to Twilight? It would be interesting to debate. Has Volvo somehow become cool again (I can’t believe even Twilight has that much power)? If anything, we can credit it for the re-blossoming of the popular supernatural romance – and this final instalment milks the nuances of the genre to perfection.

Bella (Kristen Stewart) has awoken a vampire, having been turned by her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) in order to save her life. Readjusting to life as an immortal isn’t easy – with a burning desire for blood and a father who isn’t allowed to know if she is even alive. But, there are also a lot of perks as the newlywed couple soon discover in a scene that induced a LOT of giggling from the younger members of the audience.

Despite all the romance, they are full of concern for their daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) who is half vampire, half mortal and growing at an alarming rate. A curious decision has been made to computer generate the infants face in a bizarre amalgamation of the two lead actors features. Cute idea, but it’s hard to endear yourself to the loving gaze of a child when it’s coming from the face of Chucky. Luckily, the special effects are good enough elsewhere in the film for you to quickly forget about it. It also helps that Renesmee grows up very quickly…

Unfortunately for Renesmee, when Aro (Michael Sheen) head of the evil Volturi coven hear of her existence they deem her a threat that must be extinguished. He assembles an army intent on destroying both the aberration and its makers. The Cullen clan have the mother of all wars on their hands.

Although time is given to the ensemble for fans to say goodbye to all the players, this is Stewart’s movie through and through and she carries it with aplomb. Bella has really come into her own; able to run, jump, and fight with the rest of them the way she was never able to as a clumsy human. This shy and awkward outcast has become a confident and self assured woman, who is able to kick some serious vampire butt if anyone so much as threatens her family. Her character might suffer unfavourable comparisons to Katniss Everdeen and the likes, but watching Bella I got to wondering: if this girl has achieved this much straight out of high school, what have I been doing with my life all these years?

Playful, funny, and unquestionably romantic Breaking Dawn- Part 2 has a little something for everybody, including an impressive battle sequence that will have you holding your breath. Condon seems to have provided everything any fan could ask for in the end, including a well publicised surprise conclusion that you won’t see coming. Don’t spoil it for yourselves and wait until you see it in the cinema!

The end of an era….for now anyway.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2 is in cinemas today.


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