Review: Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ closes out series on a good noteWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Twilight is about the fans.
“Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ follows this tradition and fans will very much enjoy this send-off. It is true to the story — as well as a movie adaptation can be.
It’s hokey and cute and the sparkling vampires are back. Director Bill Condon utilizes the source material to the best of his ability and brings to life one of the best movies of the “saga.”
There are problems with the movie, however. The first half is slow — almost boring. While the first half works to find its groove, the second half of the movie really works — this is where the payoff is.
It takes Jacob (Taylor Lautner) taking off his clothes to liven up the audience and the movie.
“Part 1″ left audiences with the awakened eyes of Bella (Kristen Stewart) after nearly being killed in the labor of her daughter, Renesmee.
This movie continues the story. Bella is now a vampire. She and her now husband Edward (Robert Pattinson), who were a couple when the movie was being filmed, continue on their journey to “happily ever after.”
Standing in their way is the vampire royal guard, the Volturi, who are out for blood after learning of the birth the couple’s child, whom they believe is not half-human, but immortal. (It is illegal evidently to change a child into a vampire.)
This brings about one of the film’s greatest sequences. (No spoiler here; see the movie for more details.)
The visual effects of the movie, as with most of the series, still could be better. The facial animation of the quickly growing Renesmee is embarrassing at times, reminding this reviewer of some awful ogre animation from an early Harry Potter movie.
The “Twilight Saga” has become a cash cow for Summit Entertainment, which the franchise helped put on the map.
More money has clearly been put into the production of these films. But at times, audiences may not be able to tell.
Harping on some of story nuances of the movie, as some critics will ultimately do, will not best serve this review. The films follow the books. Director Condon is doing the same.
Ultimately, fans are left with a send-off they can be proud to watch. The ending sequences will bring tears to their eyes, culminating a journey of four books and five movies.
For those who aren’t big “Twi-hards,” it may be best to wait until next weekend or even DVD to catch the film. It’s one of the best in the series, sparkling vampires and all.
/ 5 (On the “Twilight” scale)
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.
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Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com. Watch him discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.