Movie Review: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

(Photo: Lionsgate)

Summary: The first family of vampires, The Cullens, are back with the fifth and final installment (yeah, right) of the Twilight franchise. This time around, Bella Swan is officially a vamp. Before transitioning, she gave birth to a half-vampire, half-human child. The rulers of the vamps, the Volturi, believe the hybrid child is a threat to all blood suckers and threaten to destroy the little one.

Review: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 gives fans what they crave: pseudo vampires bouncing around the Evergreen State, Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart seemingly in love (a must, considering Miss Kris famously cheated on Rob and allegedly the studio worried if the “scandal” would affect Twilight at the box office) and a shirtless Taylor Lautner.  Plus, a fluffy script with laughable lines like, “We are the same temperature now,” which will make the hearts of teenage girls flutter.

In previous films, the main plot was “Will Bella love Edward or Jacob?” Now that Bella is a married woman with a rapidly growing and disturbingly CGI-enhanced child, the core conflict of the film is gone. The much weaker conflict plays like a sitcom — the blabber mouth of the blood suckers spreads a rumor that Bella’s and Jacob’s child, Renesmee, is a child vampire. In case you didn’t know, kiddie vamps are hard to control and don’t keep vampire secrets — they must be destroyed and Bella’s little one is up for a beheading. But Renesmee is half human and poses no threat — petty gossip even ruins vampire land. On the other hand, these are the thoughts one will have when actually applying logic and a sturdy story line to a dumbed down flick like Twilight. So leave your intelligence at the door and you might enjoy The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.

Kristen Stewart continues her lazy style of acting, but at least her character isn’t the tired damsel in distress in the earlier films. Yes, Bella gave up her friends, family and even her soul for a man (setting women in film back 50 years), but this time around she garners some strength and is as powerful as her hubby, Edward.  Stewart is clearly finished with Bella Swan, she seems uncomfortable onscreen, but knows the character is an obligation to the fans of Twilight. Robert Pattison is equally disengaged. Taylor Lautner appears to be the the only one of the three who enjoys his werewolf character. Nonetheless, considering the vapid script, weak plot and a movie that is more sugar than substance, hopefully the three actors will all get a chance to showcase their acting chops in quality films.

There is some enjoyment in Breaking Dawn, Part 2. Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) adds gory and ferocious fight scenes — the final action sequence is undeniably fun with an unexpected twist.  The evil vampires, like Dakota Fanning as the sinister Jane, was more entertaining to watch than the remixed and emotional Cullens.  That said, I watched The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 with someone who had never seen Twilight — he enjoyed the movie — proving the flick stands out its own.

Side note: Why were the two Black vampires Amazon savages with not even one line of dialogue?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is in theaters today.

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