Theaters were packed and the tween scene was abuzz on November 16, 2012 as the last and final Twilight installment, “Breaking Dawn, Part II”, premiered. The fifth movie in the Stephenie Meyer on-screen adaptation continued where the fourth left off. Bella (Kristen Stewart) has become a vampire. She finally wakes up as this new woman and her true love, Edward (Robert Pattinson), is eagerly waiting to introduce her to their daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The first half of the movie is very quick moving and within just minutes we see the new Bella hunting to quench her thirst, reuniting with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and acting as a mother.
However, just as soon as the happy family seems to settle down, Bella learns Jacob has imprinted on her daughter. This is quickly followed by a vision from Alice (Ashley Greene) where she sees the Volturi. It seems Edward and Bella’s perfect child has attracted their attention in a negative way as they believe she is a human child turned vampire — an immortal child. This leads the Volturi to head to Washington to see Renesmee for themselves. While they make their way over, the Cullen clan educates their cousins to understand that Renesmee is in fact a human-vampire child and not an immortal.
After a drawn-out first half, the movie finally picks up when the Volturi arrive and are greeted by the Cullens, their cousins and their wolf friends. The snow-covered field comes alive with fangs and fire and lots of gasps from the viewers. However, in the end, “Breaking Dawn, Part II” concludes much where the entire series began. The Twi-hard fan still has two vampire clans living half a world away on good, but not amicable, terms.
The Verdict: Though I personally thought the movie fell short, “Breaking Dawn , Part II” is a must-see for anyone that has watched the rest of the Twilight saga. Do expect lots of interesting special effects and digitally enhanced characters mixed into the film. This is a slow moving film, but the long kiss and dreamy honeymoon-like scenes finally give the viewers exactly what they have been wishing for.
Opened: November 16, 2012
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Billy Burke (Charlie Swan), Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Michael Sheen (Aro), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee)