Opening in theatres at midnight in many theatres from director Bill Condon and Summit Entertainment based on the novels from author Stephanie Meyer comes the finale of TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN Pt. 2.
This film picks up as Bella (Kristen Stewart) has been changed into a vampire after the birth of her daughter Renesmee. Immediately Edward (Robert Pattinson) tries to teach Bella what she needs to know to fit in. Bella is happy to see Jacob (Taylor Lautner) as well until she learns about his attachment to her daughter.
There are so many changes that Bella isn’t ready for the one that means the most. Alice (Ashley Greene) forsees the Volturi coming to Forks because of Renesemee’s birth. Seen as a threat against the Volturi’s power, leader Aro (Michael Sheen) will not stop until he sees for himself.
The family jumps into action as Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) locate other vampire clans to stand with the Cullens. An unexpected alliance also comes together as the Quileutes wolves join the vampires they have spent centuries avoiding to protect Jacob and Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) who grows at an alarming rate.
It is the final meeting that will decide if this will be the epic battle!
FINAL WORD: Stewart seems to have grown into the skin of Bella (sorry, couldn’t help myself). There is a comfort level watching her this time around that was pretty good. Before our eyes she went from a twitchy head-scratching teenager to a vamp-mom who wasn’t about to take anything from anyone!
Pattinson turns in another cool Edward performance to which I’m sure he is ready to let go of. Through the years Pattinson has done other independent films as well as WATER FOR ELEPHANTS showing his versatility. Lets see what he manages to pull off next because I’ll be waiting.
Lautner takes a little bit of a back seat in this film although his character’s attentions have changed from Bella to little Renesmee. Greene as Alice and Rathbone as Jasper both have smaller roles but still important to the storyline. Facinelli and Reaser make sure there place at the head of the Cullen family is secure.
Foy as young Renesmee is sweet but more of a non-speaking role. She prefers to use her powers to win everyone over. Sheen has totally gone insane with his character Aro. There were moments I was backing away from the screen because he just totally creeped me out. You have to see it to know what I mean, seriously, creepy.
Other cast include: Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley, Maggie Grace as Irina, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, Lateef Crowder as Felix, Charlie Bewley as Demetri, Billy Wagenseller as Vasilii, Dakota Fanning as Jane, Casey LaBow as Kate, Andrea Powell as Sasha, MyAnna Buring as Tanya, Mia Maestro as Carmen, Omar Metwally as Amun, Rami Malek as Benjamin, Tracey Heggins as Senna, Judith Shekoni as Zafrina, Guri Weinberg as Stefan, Noel Fisher as Vladimir, Wendell Pierce as J. Jenks and Alex Rice as Sue Clearwater.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN PART 2 three and a half tubs of popcorn. I’m not exactly sure if the extra half is because this is the last installment and I’m relieved or if I’m slightly giving a nod to an exceptional franchise that has managed to keep fans happy.
Either way – once again the CGI is a little quirky and scaled weird. Renesmee as a child totally freaked me out, it seems the wolves kept going from big to small and Michael Sheen has a crackling moment that will go down in history as one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard. But that’s not enough to cause fans to run out of the theatre screaming in horror.
The story breaks out of the gate quickly and there isn’t much down time. There’s a lot of story to tell here in the under two-hour time frame. The audience has moments of laughter, moments of cheering and sadness that once again a long running franchise they’ve come to love is ending. It was fun to watch the film with true Twi-hards as their reactions show sincerely how much they have embraced each character from the Twilight series of books.
Remaining fairly faithful to the book, director Condon brings the film to an end with nods to each and every character that has been a part of the TWILIGHT film series, which I thought, was pretty cool – well-done sir!
In the end – it’s the epic finale that will live forever!