Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Romance The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is probably the best movie in the Twilight series so far, despite being based on what was, by far, the worst book.  This in, no small part, was due to the efforts of director Bill Condon (who also directed the previous installment of the series).  Likewise, most of the cast returned from the previous installments including Kirsten Stewart as Bella, Robert Pattinson as Edward, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black.  But Mackenzie Foy joined the cast as Renesmee.

That being said, the movie began with Bella waking up as a newborn vampire to discover her new abilities (as well as her newly acquired thirst which she strangely had the will power to resist).  Likewise, he daughter Renesmee had aged in only a matter of three days.  This led to the Volturi discovering of Renesmee’s existence and mistaking her for a vampiric child.  The Cullen’s then recruited as many vampire and werewolf allies as they could to serve as witnesses for Renesmee being a mortal.  Meanwhile, Alice and Jasper disappeared and the Volturi were shown to be heading to the Cullen’s house for a fight.  This all led to a climax which was changed from the book (probably for the better).

So like I said, this was probably the best of the Twilight movies.  But that’s not saying it was a good movie.  It was entertaining at moments and was especially funny when Bella was learning to control her powers.  But that leads me to one of the early problems with the film.  The camera-work in the beginning moved way too fast.  I understand that Bella and Edward had heightened senses, but I had to look away to keep from getting vertigo.  And besides that, like in previous installments I had a serious problem with the acting.  It was a little better than before, but was still quite awful.  Likewise, the most interesting characters were given minor parts.  I mean, I’ve always found the major characters in the Twilight series to be quite boring.  Not to mention, the three best actors in the movie (Sheen, Heyerdahl, and Fanning) were all members of the Volturi and none of them were given that much to work with (except for maybe Sheen who basically stole every scene).  In the end, the only thing I really did like about the movie was the narration.  As much as I may not like Meyer’s writing style, I have to admit that this movie benefitted from explaining what was going on so the film didn’t feel like just a bunch of random scenery with some of the same characters in each scene.

That being said, this movie did keep my attention.  But it’s not something I would ever watch again, at least not of my own free will.  I give it 2 out of 5 stars for being bad, but not so bad that it’s good.

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