The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

 

I for one am very glad that Breaking Dawn Part 2 was the conclusion of The Twilight Saga. This is not because I have some bias judgment toward Twilight, but because the series has had five opportunities to give me a movie that I can really enjoy, yet has failed every time. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 doesn’t really stand out compared to the previous films, but I would say this movie is one of the better ones, however that isn’t saying much. Director, Bill Condon, brings nothing new or fresh to the final Twilight film, but delivers a pretty boring picture.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Bella (Kristen Stewart) has awaken to discover, she is no longer a human, but finally a vampire. She awakes to the love of her life Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), yet this joy doesn’t last long when she discovers her daughter, Renesmee, has been imprinted by her dear friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf. As much as this angers the new vampire, she has much more to worry about, as Bella discovers the Volturi are coming to figure out if Renesmee is more than Bella and Edward think. Now, Bella, Jacob, and the Cullens must gather witnesses or maybe an army to help save Renesmee from the Volturi’s accusations.

One of the biggest problem I had with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, is the same issue I’ve had with the previous films, and that is the movies have accepted the fact that they are below mediocre. The film doesn’t aspire or try to be different or new, they don’t try to create special effects that will stun the audience, especially in this concluding chapter. This picture was filled with poor effects that distracted the audience, especially in the beginning of the film. The effects were so out of place, I found myself asking, “Is that really what they put in the final cut?” For instance, baby Renesmee’s face is unreal, stands out, and stares at you, taking you out of the picture. If they were gonna use C.G.I. for the baby’s face, at least put some effort into it. Through the entire saga, I feel the film accepted that it was gonna be an all right picture, that was going to make a huge paycheck because of the name. I’m not discrediting Stephenie Meyer’s novels, because I’ve personally never read them. However, that does not change what the movies are, like I mentioned in The Hunger Games (2012) review, we have to learn to separate the mediums. Just because the books are good, that doesn’t give these films an excuse not to try. Thought it already has a target audience, that will go see and love it no matter how bad it really is, that’s no excuse for the lack of effort put into the film.

Excluding, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 from the rest of the films, my major conflict with this movie is nothing happened. The only time you want to split a book, or whatever the material maybe, into two parts is to give it a more climatic ending by building the anticipation. Obviously noted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2010), the film concludes with a battle so epic, it needed its own movie. However in this picture, it feels like it’s going down the same path, yet I walked out of the theater without noticing much difference. Did anything really happen in the picture? Sure, there was plenty of fluff in-between, but was what happened important. Thought some will argue it was, I would dispute that none of it was really that important.

If I was to give credit to anyone in the picture, however, it would surprisingly be Taylor Lautner. He seems to have been the actor of the three stars to at least somewhat evolve. Though his acting skills are still below par, he gives a better performance than his two costars. I began to like the character of Jacob in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, he had different emotions, he offered things the audience could relate to. The problem is the other characters are quite bland, emotionless, and just boring to watch. Granted, I understand they are vampires, but they obviously feel emotion, the movie is about a vampire falling for a human. Would it just be so bad to show them? Though I’m supposed to see and sense their love as Stewart and Pattinson “awkwardly” hold and kiss each other, I don’t feel it. After five, full length motion pictures, I don’t believe in their love as much as I should, and for the epic love story Twilight tries to be, that’s a problem.

Again, the real issue with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was the lack of effort. I feel none of these pictures had real heart in them, just were made to be made. When a director, screenwriter, or actor leaves themselves on screen and puts their everything into a movie, that passion transcends off screen, The Twilight Saga offers no passion. I feel more intrigued when a Twilight fan tells me about the story, because I sense the passion, the care, which the lack of both in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is very apparent. Besides the fact nothing really happened, unless you consider a little girl touching people’s faces a subplot, there was one fatal mistake in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. There was a few moments where I was hooked, and had lured me into the picture, yet it ends up spitting in my face for doing so. The scene is exciting, intense, and it finally brought the audience to life. Unfortunately, like the saga in general, nothing can ever be as good as it seems. The problem is, I can’t get too detailed because it would spoil the ending of the picture.

I will say, these five films have lead me to the point where I’ve had no connection to the characters, and they also give audiences no satisfying payoff. This is Twilight’s biggest downfall, but I don’t think anyone was really expecting much from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, except to see Jacob take off his shirt. Furthermore,  The Twilight Saga is finally over, and many movie fans will be able to put this series to rest. What intrigues me the most, is the thought of people re-watching these movies in twenty years. Do you think they will still be defending them?

 

Overall The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is just a disappointing, boring piece of work, with terrible effects, that doesn’t offer much. After the buildup of four films, the fifth installment left me asking, “Is that all?” I just can’t look past the fact after five films, they could have at least gotten one right. The only question still standing, is would I rather be mauled by werewolves or have my head ripped off by vampires rather than sit through The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 again. Regardless I’m just glad we can go back to a time, where vampires don’t sparkle in the sun.

 

1 out of 4 stars

 

– By Jacob R. Tiranno

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