Twilight fills our screen one last time, with Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as director Bill Condon takes the finale of the franchise to a new level in attempt to conclude on a high note.
The plot begins just after Bella (Kristen Stewart) has given birth under the most painful circumstances to daughter Renesmee. If you can recall from the previous film, Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Edward (Robert Pattinson) had to turn Bella immortal to save her life.
The final installment in the Twilight Saga opens with Bella’s red eyes, seeing how she is adapting to her surroundings, showing every last detail that her new heightened senses allow her to see, touch and smell. Her vision focuses on Edward – “We’re the same temperature now,” he tells her.
Finally equal in strength they begin to visualise the endless possibilities that ‘forever’ offers them, as well as the rather more passionate sex scenes which audiences can now be expected to endure. The pair head to the forest to hunt in hope of quenching Bella’s thirst for blood, leaping over waterfalls and running faster than the speed of light, while seemingly aware of all the nature around them. Bella revels in the idea of now being part of the undead world and enjoys the benefits of her new found abilities. However, Edward, still protective as ever, has to stop bloodthirsty Bella when they unsuspectingly come across a mountain climber. Eventually, Bella begins to control her thirst, with Edwards expert guidance, and soon tackles a mountain lion to feed on.
Bella finally is able to meet and hold Renesmee, her half-human half-vampire daughter, for the first time, expressing the power of the mother daughter bond.
Yet nothing ever seems to go smoothly for long in the Cullen’s world. As Renesmee grows at a rapid speed, trouble starts brewing. The Volturi, the evil vampire coven who act as the enforcers of the undead world, hear of the child and become convinced that she is an ‘immortal child’. History claims that an immortal child cannot be controlled; with such unbalanced behaviour they can tear through civilizations causing serious concern for humans and vampires alike. The law is that they must be destroyed on the spot.
Meanwhile, Alice (Edward’s sister) has a vision of the Volturi’s final decision to come for the Cullen family with the intent to end them all. Preparation is in order and they split off to all corners of the globe in attempt to gather witnesses to testify that the child is not immortal, since she was conceived whilst Bella was still a human.
Luckily these witnesses are conveniently gifted – indeed, their unique abilities mean that many of them would be rather well-equipped for a role in X-men. With the help of Jacob and Sam’s werewolf packs, a cut-throat battle commences with the Volturi which will leave even the most seasoned Twilight fan gripping the edge of their seats.
Aro (Michael Sheen) single handily creates a chilling atmosphere in the final sequence with an impressive and menacing performance in which he demonstrates a psychotic edge to his character reminiscent of the child catcher in Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang.
Overall this is the best film out of The Twilight Saga: the thrilling action and dialogue is present from the off and there’s even a little light humour within what is sure to be an emotional ending for the Twi-hard fans. Screenplay writer Melissa Rosenberg approaches Meyers’ plot with a sense of adventure, which not only maximises the brilliance of the finale but also revitalises the entire franchise – which has gained something of a reputation for being ‘soppy’ and quite difficult to bear for audiences outside of the Twilight fanbase. Of course, there is always room for improvement – the CGI interpretation of Renesmee was rather chilling and had an unfortunate resemblance to Chucky, whilst some of the special effects simply seemed to lack any sense of originality. That said, the Werewolves looked more solid and impressive than they have done in the previous Twilight films.
The Twilight Saga has grown into one of the biggest franchises since Harry Potter, and although they are on different levels of brilliance, both enable you to fall in love with the characters and feel emotionally attached. This is exactly what Breaking Dawn – Part 2 achieves by eschewing the more sentimental moments in favour of those which genuinely pull on the heart strings.
Twilight can be very much like Marmite; you either love it or hate it. Fortunately, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 sets itself apart from the other Twilight installments, and may even offer a slight deviation to what dedicated fans will be expecting. With a great twist and a superb fight scene, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will be without a doubt be a big box office hit.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is in cinemas now.
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