Before delving deep into this review, I’d like to state that although I am a Twilight fan, I understand that the other entries in the series have their major flaws. Plagued mainly by the cheesy romantic storylines and dull acting from lead Kristen Stewart, I get that this series isn’t for everyone.
However, what I’m asking is for you to disregard all that you’ve come to know about Twilight, and simply try out the last installment. It contains the least amount of either Stewart or romance, and instead focuses on both the awesome supernatural powers of a largely new cast, along with the supercharged conflicts associated with them.
Newly turned vampire Bella Swan-Cullen (Kristen Stewart) and husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) fight to convince the Godfather-like Volturi that their half human, half vampire daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), isn’t a threat to the vampire society’s secrecy. The head of the Cullen clan, Dr. Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) calls upon his vampire friends from around the world to hold testament to and defend Renesmee.
The new characters that gathered together brought light and excitement to this often drab and rainy series. Although there weren’t any standout actors amongst the ensemble, powers like those of Benjamin the nature-bender (think Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Zafrini, who had the power to create illusions within the minds of her targets, were extremely fun to see being played with on the big screen.
The indie soundtrack, a consistently popular and endearing entity of all of the Twilight saga movies, lived up to expectations. In particular, the after the battle tune “Everything and Nothing” by The Boom Circuits was appropriate and ear catching.
A high of this big budget Hollywood cash cow was the special effects. Blinding black smoke crawled with eerie realism, while a fantastic cracked Earth set completely stole the show. The wolves were animated as beautifully as ever, but baby Renesmee, who was meant to have “adult-like eyes,” looked as awkward as author Stephanie Meyer anticipated when discussing the inevitable movie adaptation of her last book.
In retrospect, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 served as a quick sci-fi-action-adventure flick fit to entertain both fans of the book, and the boyfriends they drag along. Unfortunately, even with the small amount of screen time she had, Stewart still managed to damper on the adrenaline fueled parade.
☆☆☆1/2 stars (3 and a half out of 5 stars)
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity
Running Time: 115 minutes (1 hour and 55 minutes)
Release date: November 16th, 2012