Nov 21 2012 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
It’s finally over. After five movies that verged on the ridiculously bad (Twilight) and only ever reached impressive heights once (Eclipse) a stake has been plunged into the heart of the Twilight movie franchise.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (to give it its full title) concludes the story of Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) as the trio have to deal with Bella’s new life as a vampire, her and Edward’s daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), and the threat posed by vampire clan the Volturi.
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 director Bill Condon returns for this second instalment and though he made a decent fist of things last time out, I’m afraid we plunge close to first instalment depths with an unsatisfactory finale to the four-year cinematic journey.
Regular series writer Melissa Rosenberg once again adapts author Stephenie Meyer’s novel for the screen and there’s a severe lack of interesting material to fill the near two-hour running time.
The first 20 minutes are littered with bad comedy, intentional and unintentional, that wouldn’t look out of place in Twilight spoofs like Vampires Suck.
A sheet-grabbing 12A love scene complete with log fire cliche is typical of the sanitised ‘passion’ befitting the series’ teenage target audience.
The mid section drags as we meet and greet new characters, with only Lee Pace’s Garrett and Joe Anderson’s Alistair making an impression, and enter a period of ‘you show me your powers, I’ll show you mine’.
And why oh why did Condon and co decide to use CGI to bring baby Renesmee to life? It looks ridiculous.
The only saving grace from the first two-thirds is a nice flashback involving a heartless Volturi and the family of an “immortal child”.
Stewart deserves credit too as she gets her chance to shine with her new abilities, forcing Pattinson and Lautner nearly full-on into the sidelines.
Not for the first time in the franchise, best acting honours go to Billy Burke as Bella’s caring, humourous dad Charlie and vibrant villains Dakota Fanning (Jane) and Michael Sheen (Aro), although the latter’s bizarre laugh almost drains away the tension of a key scene.
The film peaks with a snow-covered battle sequence with beheading aplenty that is by far the action highlight of the series.
But, without spoiling things for the uninitiated, it climaxes in a cop-out that left me as angry as I’ve felt at a movie in a good while.
Compared to other finales like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is limp and lacklustre.
As usual, the fans will lap it up but here’s to a future where vampires don’t glitter, wolves don't talk and Taylor Lautner can keep his shirt on (maybe).