Published Nov 15, 2012It's a bittersweet time for fanpires and Twi-hards everywhere, as the long-awaited, highly-anticipated fifth instalment of the Twilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, marks the end of the franchise. Director Bill Condon returns for the second part of Breaking Dawn, which picks up right where the first part left off.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has given birth to her daughter, Renesmee, fathered by her vampire husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Now also a vampire in order for her life to be saved during the birth, Bella adjusts to her new, undead life while her creepy-looking CGI half-vampire/half-human baby rapidly grows. Also, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has "imprinted" with Renesmee, which isn't as dirty as it sounds, but still makes for some inappropriate quips.
Things seem to be going swell when a misunderstanding about what Renesmee is results in vampire elite the Volturi believing that she was created as an immortal child, a crime punishable by death. Tension builds throughout the rest of the film, as the climax of an epic battle awaits. The Cullen clan travel far and wide to encourage their vampire friends from around the world to come back to Forks with them to face the Volturi and attest to their innocence.
Condon once again maintains author Stephenie Meyer's vision, preserving all of the plot's key moments, however bland they can be at times compared to the series' third instalment, Eclipse, which arguably contains the best storyline of all four novels. Excellent performances are made by Michael Sheen as Volturi leader Aro, who is convincingly ruthless yet almost likeable in his enthusiasm, and Billy Burke as Bella's father Charlie, who provides (intentional) comic relief. Even 11-year-old Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee gives Stewart a run for her money, and many of the new vampire faces capture their characters from the book exceptionally well.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 also manages to feature one hell of an epic battle scene that was lacking from Meyer's text, incorporating a different perspective than in the book version, which is entirely seen thorough the eyes of Bella. The scene single-handedly takes the film from what could have possibly been the second most boring in the series (next to New Moon), to arguably the best as it even rivals the newborn vampire battle and the defeat of Victoria in Eclipse.
Although The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 means the end of an era, fans can rest assured that the transformation of their beloved series to the silver screen was handled well enough and with care, despite overarching money-grubbing intentions. (eOne)