Trying to write an entertaining synopsis of Twilight’s events, thus far, seems fairly pointless. If you’ve not tuned into the adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s novels by this point, well, you’re a little too late to the party.
So, rest assured Twilight fans, Breaking Dawn Part 2, picks up nicely from Part 1 – with Bella adjusting to life as a vampire. The newest addition to the saga is Bella and Edward’s child, Renesmee, whose rather complicated birth almost led to the death of her mother, and could, unbeknownst to her, cause the death of the entire Cullen clan. Part 2 sees Michael Sheen’s Aro, marching towards the Cullen’s with their destruction in mind, believing the child to be an immortal, and therefore against the rules of their covenant – apparently child vampires are just too unpredictable!
The film’s basic plot revolves around just this: Bella and the Cullen clan preparing witnesses who will vouch for the Cullen’s, arguing that Renesmee isn’t a vampire child, but a half-human, half-vampire hybrid – a new breed of vampire, but not the threat believed.
The Twilight films have come under a great deal of scrutiny, and have certainly faced far heavier scrutinisation than some of the tosh which is released with a teenage, male demographic in mind. And in particular, these films have suffered from fairly aggressive attacks from middle-aged, male critics. Now, it’s fair to say that the saga as a whole is littered with problems, as is this film, but none of them deserve the vitriol, which they have had directed at them. So it’s safe to say that 4.2 won’t see too many glowing reviews from the usual, Twilight-bashing old boys. But like I said, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 isn’t without its faults.
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If this is the saga’s final entry – which this critic seriously doubts – then it ends on a whimper, rather than a bang, although a rather romantic whimper (at least). The film spends its duration building towards a climatic showdown with Aro and the Volturi, a battle which does, eventually happen, but it’s far too drawn-out, and then director, Bill Condon, pulls a Bobby Ewing on us. The film’s conclusion is no doubt faithful to Meyer’s books, but perhaps they should have skipped the Dallas-esque dream sequence, which feels like a massive con.
Also, the CGi baby/child/creation, which is Renesmee, is fairly astounding, and not in a good way. Whilst it’s easy to see why the decision was made to create a CGi character, because the character is supposed to age rapidly, it doesn’t distract from the fact, that the effect is extremely shonky.
While the film may take its time assembling the Cullen witnesses/army, it doesn’t over stay its welcome – just steering clear of the two hour mark. Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 doesn’t have the gumption to usurp David Slade’s crown, who thus far has directed the best Twilight film, Twilight Eclipse, but it’s a perfectly fine conclusion, to a perfectly enjoyable saga – despite what a few grumpy old men might tell you.