Movie Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’

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After four whole movies of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) whining about becoming a vampire it finally happened, and it didn’t disappoint. All of you “twihards” out there can breathe a sigh of relief because the final installment of the “Twilight” series is probably the best one.

The film takes off right where “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” ended: with a screen shot of Bella’s blood red eyes. She’s turned into the immortal she has always wanted to be, and Edward (Robert Pattison) couldn’t be happier. Pretty early in the movie these two are already going at it in their private vampire home. You won’t see any torn pillows or broken beds this time. Somehow, they both manage not to tear apart anything except their clothes.

The first part of the film is pretty close to what happens in the book. Bella is enjoying her new powers and goes for a thrilling hunt with Edward. There’s a comical reunion with Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and Bella freaks out when she finds out about his “crush” on her baby daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Everyone is getting along, and the Cullens are finally happy, but not for long.

If only vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) could mind her own business. If you weren’t annoyed enough by this actress in Lost, get ready to be even more aggravated by her in this film. She spots Renesmee and rats the Cullens out to the Volturi. Argo (Michael Sheen) is all too eager to find a reason to destroy the Cullen clan; he’s been after Alice’s (Ashley Green) powers since the second movie. Here’s where the film diverts, but I think it’s for the best. You’re taken back in time to a terrible memory of Irina’s. The inclusion of this back-story helps round out Irina’s motives and offers a look into Aro’s evil ways.

After hearing of Irina’s betrayal, the Cullens rally up Carlisle’s (Peter Facinelli) vampire buddies in an effort to save themselves. Some of the new vampires have their own special powers, and they are a welcome fresh perspective to the Cullen life. The middle of the movie is devoted to preparing these new characters for the upcoming battle with the Volturi, including Bella who practices her “shielding” powers. The “shield” looked different to me in the book, but this often happens when imagery gets translated for the big screen.

In the last part of the film the epic battle scene occurs, and it gets crazy. As you might have heard, the scene is slightly different than what happens in the book. I’m not going to give anything away, but “Twilight” fans will not be disappointed with this change. You’ll never see what happens coming.

Overall, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is a good conclusion to the “Twilight” series. The film took some risks by incorporating changes, but I believe that they actually make this story better.

So what’s next for the “Twilight” cast? Who knows? I only hope for three things. Lautner should always keep is shirt off; Pattison really needs to get a tan, and Stewart should never act again, or at least fix that blinking problem.

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