Those people wanting to watch 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' will largely be of two kinds - those wanting to bid goodbye to a beloved franchise, and those eager to say good riddance as the curtains come down on the Twilight Saga. Fortunately, there's enough in the new movie to satisfy both camps. Those unfamiliar with the series should stay away. 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' is confusing for Twilight virgins as the new film offers few back stories and picks up right from where Part 1 ended.
What's it about?
After giving birth to daughter Renesmee, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has now been turned into a vampire and is leading the good life, discovering her powers and raising her little girl. Soon, trouble comes knocking when the Volturi, a council dedicated to keeping the existence of vampires a secret, discover Renesmee and set off to punish Bella and her family for having created an unnatural being. Edward (Robert Pattinson) and his family rally their friends to stand witness against the Volturi to save Renesmee's life and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) volunteers the support of the werewolf pack.
In 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2', the holy Twilight trinity is less extraordinary than it's ever been. Robert's hair is boring, Kristen, despite having gained superhuman vampire powers, still looks constipated and Taylor breaks free of the triangle, only to instead pine for a half vampire, half human toddler (and there is NO way to make that sound less weird than it is). The acting is kind that'll make your eyes roll until your head hurts and the proceedings in the first half seem as lifeless as the characters themselves. Those expecting the 'wilder' sex Robert spoke of in pre-release interviews will also be disappointed as our prudish censors make a clean job of cutting those bits out.
There are few moments of redemption. Pale foundation, red contact lenses et al, the lead pair continue to look ridiculously good while scaling mountain faces and taking down wildcats and Jacob has enough screen time to bare that chest and get a million teenage girls across the world (and not a few grown women) swooning in theatre aisles. The writers throw up a grossly altered climax that will have fans howling in protest, and then pull the rug from under everyone's feet again. The battle sequence is undoubtedly the best part of the movie and had the makers injected half as much adrenaline into the rest of the proceedings, we would have had a far better swan song on our hands. What we instead get is a long and expensive fan-made music video disguised as a full-length, feature film.
What to do?
You're either going to enjoy discussing your favourite bits or ripping it apart entirely, after you're done watching 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2'. There's something here for everyone.
in.com rating: 2.5/5
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