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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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Twilight's last gleaming

Here’s the problem with the final Twilight installment: it contains not a single human being.

This is literally true, now that Bella (Kristen Stewart) has gone vamp, but in a figurative sense there’s no character to invest in, nobody who you believe has ever felt love or hate or desire or loss or longing.

It’s weird that a franchise supposedly built on irrepressible passion and sweeping Gothic melodrama should conclude on such an emotionally stunted note.
 
Returning director Bill Condon’s first Breaking Dawn chapter faltered in its attempts to marry what’s essentially a pitch-black body-horror tale – young girl is seduced by vampire and physically ripped apart by demon offspring – with the franchise’s schmoopy romance.

Part 2 has the opposite problem; far from being dark, it plays best as an absurdist black comedy, intentionally stiff and farcical.
 
We pick up on Bella adjusting to being a vampire, which judging by Condon’s sun-dappled, kinetically edited opening sequence is mostly like being in a music video.

There’s no time wasted on aftermath following Part 1’s grisly climax, no moment where either Bella or her sparkly soulmate Edward (Robert Pattinson) grapples with her choice or grieves her death.

Instead, the plot centres on their hybrid daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), who’s marked for death by sinister vampire coven the Volturi.
 
There are too many laugh-out-loud ludicrous moments to count – Bella and Edward’s raw, animalistic undead sex is distinctly less of a bang than a whimper, while Jacob’s (Taylor Lautner) wolfy love bond with little Renesmee is every bit as creepy as you’ve heard.

But it’s not all bad; Michael Sheen’s on top scenery-chewing form as creepy-camp Volturi leader Aro, and look out for a brilliantly self-parodic sequence involving Bella’s poor dad (Billy Burke) and Lautner’s trademark shirt-stripping.
 
Most pleasantly surprising is the climactic battle sequence, a sharply directed no-holds-barred blowout that achieves genuine thrills; but a painfully misjudged final twist undoes much of its good work.

Verdict:

Between its farcical script, soulless relationships and waxwork performances, this is a final chapter that will please only the most devout fans. At least the bleeding wolves have stopped talking.  

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    • Siban1982

      Nov 15th 2012, 17:22

      El surprise.

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    • StevePotter

      Nov 15th 2012, 19:54

      Whoa whoa whoa.... They actually HAVE a battle in the movie? Well, it's better than the book at least.

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    • Mattsimus

      Nov 15th 2012, 21:47

      Ok what is going on, everyone is slating this so called end twist thing WTF! WHAT HAPPENS??? XMX

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    • TheJoker84

      Nov 16th 2012, 16:31

      Thank f*** this so called saga is now finished!!

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 16th 2012, 17:33

      Yeah the whole saga is ridiculous, soppy vampires, a wolfboy with the hots for a little girl? GTFO!

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    • LSJShez

      Nov 16th 2012, 18:07

      The poster is one of the worst I've ever seen.

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    • stevojones1984

      Nov 17th 2012, 23:33

      No humans at all? How about her dad? Isn't he human?

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    • marc96

      Nov 18th 2012, 13:12

      i despise these movies, but have to say i thought this one was ok... not great, but no way near as bad as the other ones..... i feel dirty just for saying it

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    • gabzki

      Nov 19th 2012, 7:36

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      It isn't close to being epic at all. It should be titled Breaking Yawn.

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    • sceneontv

      Nov 20th 2012, 21:56

      Just saw this movie and I have mixed feelings...happy because I was very happy with the film (even though I went in kind of nervous as I wasn't thrilled with part 1) but sad because it's over. They sure went out on top, with the best action scenes, the best pacing, and the icing on the cake was that this was the best out of the many great Twilight soundtracks, even better than New Moon, which had what I thought was an unbeatable lineup of bands like Sea Wolf, Deathcab and Muse. Breaking Dawn Part 2's music lives up to and exceeds the reputation of the soundtracks before it. "Everything and Nothing" by The Boom Circuits and "The Antidote" by St. Vincent were my favorites, but I liked every song I heard. With how hurting Hollywood is for new movie ideas, I wouldn't be surprised if we see another remake of this series in less than a decade - look at how quickly they decided to make another Spiderman! - but no matter what, I don't think they'll ever top this original series and I'm glad it went out in style.

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    • poiuytre

      Jan 12th 2013, 22:30

      This is was amaizing ... For me it was the perfect ending for the saga .. Just love it

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