Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012 Film) Review

At the beginning of 2011, my girlfriend Daisy started reading the Twilight Books, and I promised her I would watch the movies with her as long as she finished each book. I was originally fearing that the movies were going to dreadful (never read the books myself), but they ended up ranging from decent to enjoyable. I don't know if you could consider me a "fan", but I'm not a cynical critic either.
The film picks up with Bella Cullen as a "newborn" vampire after almost dying while giving birth to her half-vampire daughter Renesmee. She quickly learns and adapts to her new vampire powers while learning to resist the scent of humans. 
 She must also redefine her personal life as her human friends and family would be in danger if they knew the truth about her new-found "abilities". Life seems perfect until an old friend mistakes her young daughter as an "immortal child", which is a crime in the vampire world. She informs the ultimate vampire authority, the Volturi who seek to destroy the Cullens for what they are accused of committing  The whole family must gather witnesses proving that Renessmee is a half-vampire, and to confirm that her unheard status is not a threat to their kind. 
While the second part of Breaking Dawn might seem a bit anti-climatic at times, it does get very exciting during the final confrontation including a twist that will make your head spin. Ironically I think Kristen Stewart's character Bella is more human as a vampire than she was as a person. All the faults I had with the previous movies are virtually non-existent in this film, and I really think they did a fantastic job. If all the movies were like this then I'm confident that the series would have far less jaded naysayers. 

12 comments:

  1. i stopped after the second movie although i've read all the books.
    i suppose all the action should be in the last movie as in the book.

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  2. Sounds like a fair review. I'm definitely not going to watch it though. I can't stand them.

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  3. Loved loved loved this movie, and being a Twihard, was really proud how Bill Condon did the end. And yes....that twist in the end!!!! So kewl!

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  4. Agree with Michael's comment regarding both the review and the likelihood of me ever watching the movies.

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  5. I have never seen any of them. My daughter owns the first three. I know a lot of people that thought this movie was great.

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  6. very good review, thanks, I haven't seen any of these movies or read the books.

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  7. I read all the books but never saw any of the movies. Taylor Lautner is freakin' HOT!!!!!

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  8. what a supportive boyfriend you are! :) i thought the books were only ok. maybe i would grade them at a C. i couldn't even finish the first movie. i think i was 15-20 minutes in, & bored.

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  9. Your review is very straight froward. I love it. Though I haven't seen any of twilight films nor read any books about it because of terrible reviews, I'm thinking of watching it because of this post.

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  10. My girlfriend has been pestering all week long to go see this movie HAHAHA. I liked the first half of the first movie but then after that it just wen downhill. Tried the second one also but I didn't like that one neither...

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  11. Well, it was a beautiful movie with a phenomenal and superb anti-climax.The baby Renesmee was lovingly beautiful but she and her gestures appeared to be animated. The protagonists of the epic romance; Kristen & Robert have played their parts well. Bella being welcomed as the new member in the family and being taught the vampire ways and arm-wrestling with others was a bit hilarious. The older Renesmee was supercalilifragilidocious. Jacob (Taylor) was brilliant with both his acting skills and one-liners. The other vampires were welcoming each with different abilities. The first half, however, was comparatively a bit slower. But it picked up pace post interval. Michael Sheen (Aro) was convincing in his role both pre and post Alice's vision. The fighting scenes were awesome with the entire theatre cheering, whistling, clapping & jeering when every central character killed a villain.The most heart-warming sequence was when Bella finally makes Edward see what she actually thinks about him and how much she loves him (with her newly acquired vampire-powers), as she was the only person whose mind Edward could not read. And then the song 'Forever' truly containing the soul of the story and the movie and telling that "WE WILL STAY FOREVER THIS WAY" was emotionally heart endearing; also introducing us with the characters at the same time. Though it was my first 'Twilight movie' on 70mm screen but I really felt connected and moved with the romance between Bella and Edward. This was a true feast for the Twi-hard fans and the perfect ending (by Bill Condon). The movie has a potential to instil curiosity with the new viewers

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