Release Date: 16th November, 2012
The final chapter of the Twilight saga sees newly formed vampire Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart) getting use to her heightened senses, her thirst for blood and motherhood, when disaster decides to lurk in the shadows. Believing Bella and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) is an immortal child; the royal vampire coven, the Volturi decide to pay the Cullen’s a fatal visit. In response, the Cullen’s rally up a wide range of comrades to stand against the Volturi when crunch time arises.
Finally we have reached the final instalment of the Twilight saga and not to our surprise, the narrative moves away from that sloppy annoying romantic triangle to an even more stunted plot surrounding Bella and Edward’s hybrid child; Renesmee. Unfortunately, director Bill Condon has not done away with those lingering frowns, awkward unspoken words and Bella’s constant look of confusion but to our surprise has managed to crush a few of those low expectations.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 can be split into two equal parts; the beginning of the film is a rather slow paced affair. We basically see the Cullen’s obsessing over a CDI’d baby, who looks like she could do some serious demon damage if she was an immortal child, as well as Bella and Edward consummating their marriage in a cringe-worthy, undead sex scene. However, the second part of the film picks up the pace. Condon has broken all those restricting chains that forced him to stay as close to the novel as possible and has let his imagination run vampire speed; which ultimately benefits the whole narrative. The all guns blazing, no holding back, shocking twist that takes place nearing the end of the film is a far cry from that famous anti-climatical confrontation mentioned in the novel, but we believe this decision was an excellent call on Condon’s behalf. Sure, it will disappoint those loyal fans but it will remind other viewers that they didn’t wasted their money after all! Additionally, the immortal child scene is rather uncomfortable to watch as Dakota Fanning’s Jane throws a child into a fire to destroy him. Pretty sure that wasn’t in the book but morbidly cool nonetheless!
Kristen Stewart gains a bit of confidence as a baby vamp and looks stunning. However, her constant confusion and struggle to portray motherhood is apparent throughout. Those motherly scenes were a bit forced and unfortunately did not work. Pattinson’s Edward is pretty much the same sparkly, protective vampire he has always been but he smiles a bit more. Taylor Lautner’s Jacob Black has left his corner of the triangle and turned from that love sick puppy to a creepy infant-loving pervert. But with the emergence of those vampire allies comes some decent acting in the form of Lee Pace’s charming and seductive Garrett, Rami Malek’s element controller Benjamin and Maggie Grace’s traitor Irina. Michael Sheen returns as Volturi leader Aro and steals every rare scene he is in, with his camp but hilarious acting style. But, we can safely say that Stewart is not the only one in the film that has an emotionally stunted aura; every other vampire character especially blonde sisters Tanya and Kate played by MyAnna Buring and Casey LaBow looked as if their eyelids had been stapled to their eyebrows!
Twilight is the marmite of the film world; you either absolutely adore it or loathe it entirely. But we believe the director has done well with the source material he has been given and by adding that cinematic twist gives the second instalment and finale of the franchise the grit it needed. The cute rounding-up montage was a nice touch too. Snaps for Condon!