Everybody either loves or hates the Twilight Saga. Either way, it’s over now – so people can stop fighting about it. I saw Breaking Dawn: Part 2 at a midnight premiere (which was at 10PM – totally ruining the effect of going opening night). I have to warn people who are about to read this review: it will contain spoilers. For those of you who saw the movie, you know it’s almost impossible to talk about the movie in its entirety without mentioning the crazy, shocking “twist.”
The acting in this movie wasn’t any better than its four previous successors. For those of you who abhorred Bella as a character, she definitely bucked up in this movie. When she became a vampire, she became a much better character, and it was a lot easier to watch Kristen Stewart’s acting that way. Billy Burke (who plays Bella’s dad, Charlie) steals the show with his comedic relief and general all-around decent acting. He’s just the right amount of awkward and makes Charlie a very loveable character. As far as Robert Pattinson goes, I liked him in this movie. The brooding “I-can’t-be-around-Bella” Edward is gone, and I feel like you see a more loving side of him.
At its most basic level, the movie was entertaining. A family banding together to protect its youngest member from evil forces who rule vampires is an appealing idea. But the movie lagged after the Cullens had assembled their forces. There was a significant amount of time in the movie where it really just seemed like we were waiting for the battle. So if you hadn’t read the books, I feel like you would probably be left waiting for something to happen (at multiple points in the movie.)
Breaking Dawn: Part 1 didn’t seem too dragged out to me when I saw it, but I kept getting the distinct feeling when I was watching Part 2 that the whole movie could have been condensed. I really can’t say whether they could have fit Part 1 and Part 2 into an appropriate movie-length time, but my final take on the splitting of Breaking Dawn is negative.
I think J. K. Rowling, David Yates (director) and whoever else was involved made the right move splitting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts to do justice to the amazing culmination of an amazing series, but I just can’t bring myself to say that the directors of Twilight made the right decision with their split. We’ll have to see whether The Hunger Games, the next big book-turned-movie series, will follow suit and split the third Hunger Games book into two parts. I’m hoping they decide against it.
The movie had a few different routes it could’ve gone down but didn’t when it came to adapting the book into a movie. Giving the audience a better idea of what Jasper and Alice were doing after they left would have been nice. Without any foreshadowing, their appearance in the middle of the confrontation seemed abrupt and jarring.
The fight scene that was really just Alice’s vision seemed like it was only there for shock-effect, but personally, I think it gave the movie something the book didn’t have: action. The book was sorely lacking in that, and though the action in the movie was fake, it was entertaining to play out the “what-if” scenario. Plus, it was hilarious to hear the horrified screams of so many people at the premiere. The auditorium was in chaos.
I loved the ending of the movie. And for serious movie-goers, you know that the ending of a movie can make it or break it. This goes for books too. I will defend Stephanie Meyer any day of the week when it comes to the ending of Breaking Dawn. The scene between Edward and Bella when she lifts her shield to let him finally see what she’s thinking is just the perfect ending for the series. It brought it back to what it was all about all along: Edward and Bella’s love (sorry Team-Jacobers).
In the end, for a part-two movie, it wasn’t bad. I think they did the best with what they had.