“Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” Review: An Exhilarating Ending to the Twilight Saga

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the epic finale to the Twilight saga, wrapping up the romantic story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a human girl, and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a handsome, charming vampire. The film also stars Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Dakota Fanning, and Michael Sheen.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off, with Bella now a newborn vampire as a result of her irregular pregnancy, and her daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), as a half-vampire, half-human baby, who is aging at a rapid pace because of her hybrid structure. Bella quickly learns the ways of being a vampire, and everything seems at peace, until a member of a nearby vampire clan, Irina (Maggie Grace), spots Bella and Renesmee in the forest, and quickly runs away in fear, assuming that the child is a vampire, or an “immortal”. Knowing it is against vampire “law” to turn a child into an immortal, Irina visits the Volturi, a group of royal, law-enforcing vampires, to report the “crime” that she suspects. Keeping in mind that the Volturi is made up of the strongest, most powerful vampires, the Cullens and company unite, hoping to explain their situation and avoid a fight. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 features many new vampire faces, many of whom are equipped with special powers similar to Edward’s mind-reading and Alice’s visions.

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In Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the audience is taken on a magical, fantasy-loaded rollercoaster, filled with captivating special effects and powerful, supernatural creatures. Bella is no longer an uncomfortable, clumsy human; she is an alluring, strong, hungry vampire, and there is much more at stake than ever before. As a fan of the “Twilight” films, and having read the books, I am overly impressed and grateful for the work done on this film. It is often difficult to adapt a movie with this much imagination, so audiences must see this film with a dose of open-mindedness and know that above all else, this is a thrilling, romantic fantasy with no boundaries. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is packed with action, romance, and a feeling of completeness from a close-to-perfect ending to the franchise. There are a few scenes in which the special effects are a bit much, but as a whole, the film is a heart-pounding, eye-opening experience.

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For a fan of the “Twilight” franchise, this is an extremely worthwhile payoff.  For your average moviegoer or fan of this kind of genre, you will still be very captured and entertained by this film.  The ending of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 offers a slight twist from the book, but this only offers more value to the film.  There is also a video montage of the “Twilight” cast in which the film shows every actor from each movie in an emotional remembrance of sorts.  The music is enchanting for this type of film, and the cast gives adequate performances.

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I rate Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 a 4.1 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the “Twilight” saga or is looking for a magical adventure. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, including disturbing images, some sensuality, and partial nudity.  Running time is 1 hour and 55 minutes.

By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas

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