Title: Breaking Dawn, Part II
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Notable Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke
The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series. Summary from Fandango
There are some minor spoilers in this review. Read at your own risk!
This is the first time I’ve ever written an official review for one of the Twilight movies. In the past, I’ve just done recaps of the events I went to, plus a few things I liked and didn’t like. It was really hard to give this movie a star rating because of how I feel about the books vs. how I feel about the movies.
First, I’ll start with the things I didn’t like so my review ends on an upper rather than a downer. My main complaint about the movie, other than Kristen Stewart’s lack of acting ability, is Renesmee. She just seemed awkward and creepy for most of the movie. They CGId the main actresses’ face on baby Renesmee, toddler Renesmee, little girl Renesmee, and even adult Renesmee. I don’t know why they just didn’t use different actresses that looked similar to one another.
I know the book is cheesy, but I was okay with the “cheese” in the book. Seeing it on screen, however, made it seem overdone and I didn’t like that. Also, there was this moment during the love-making scene at the cottage when, I can only assume, Bella reaches the big O that she starts to glow and weird sparkly things shoot from her hair. I started to laugh uncontrollably and I’ve dubbed this scene as the sparkle-gasm. So unnecessary!
I loved the ending! Bill Condon, the director, was able to do what Stephenie Meyer couldn’t do–give fans a climax instead of a big let down. While I was one of the few fans who loved Breaking Dawn, I did wish for more of a climax and I definitely got it in the movie! At first, I was in major shock. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Then, I was angry! And, I felt almost as if Stephenie was sticking it to her fans–“You wanted a fight! Fine, here’s a fight and here’s what happens when there’s a fight!” Then, I was just sad and I hated the movie. (I pretty much went to the Dark Side of the Force during this whole scene.) And then, I figured it out and it was all okay. It was brilliantly done and I loved it!
I loved all the new vampires, especially Garrett. Lee Pace played his character brilliantly and he’s my new favorite character. I just wish he was in the book and movie more! I also loved watching all the vampire powers on the screen. It was so cool to see them come to life, especially how they did Bella’s. I wasn’t sure how they’d portray her “shield,” but I really liked it.
I loved seeing Edward with Renesmee. In the book, I felt like he was always overshadowed by Bella and Jacob. I wanted to see more of him with his daughter. I’m glad they showed little moments of him with her. I’ll just imagine them when I read the book from now on.
As always, I loved Billy Burke as Charlie. He’s my favorite actor from the movies. He portrays Charlie perfectly and the scenes with him in them are priceless!
Overall, I can’t give this movie more than three stars because of some of the acting, extreme amounts of cheese, and creepy Renesmee. But, I did enjoy the film and I’ll own it along with all the others.