Saturday, 24 November 2012

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2

It's FINALLY OVER: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Released: November 16, 2012
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
Rating: PG-13
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale
Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale 
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee
Michael Sheen as Aro

Continuing where Breaking Dawn Part 1 left off - Bella is now a vampire, happily married to Edward, with a new baby girl Renesmee. But a chance encounter with a neighbouring vampire Irina who thinks the baby is an illegally made immortal child sends their fairytale ending into a cataclysmic downward spiral as the Volturi converge on them to rectify the situation. But not all hope is lost as the Cullen clan race around the world to rally allies together to fight in this crucial battle that will decide the fate of the Cullens....How far are you willing to go to protect your family?


     When I first read this book years ago, I knew it'd be an incredibly difficult story to try to adapt to the big screen. For one, after the bustle of living out the romantic fantasy wedding/honeymoon and the subsequent Alien-esque uterus busting birth not much happens. There really isn't any action scenes in the book that could keep the men of the audience engaged like the previous installments, so Meyer had to improvise and I have to say for the first time in this franchise I was extremely surprised and LOVED that twist ending! 

     I think I found it so enjoyable because it felt like the director knew that there were ridiculous aspects to this whole story and he just took it and RAN WITH IT. The movie knew when to make fun of itself and didn't try to take itself too seriously 3/4 of the time. There's so many puns, innuendo and corny moments that I just dare you to try and not laugh at it.    

     My first complaint would be the CGI baby, I know Renesmee is growing fast and I guess it was too hard to cast 4-5 different baby/children for the role. But really, it was like looking at Pixar movie that had awkwardly stumbled into the set - or the Ally McBeal dancing baby. 

For those non-90's kids.
     I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how well Kristen Stewart took to vampirism. She was gorgeous all the time with poise and grace mixed with motherly ferocity. I had a hard time remembering how awkward and slouchy she was before (I loved the little comment that Alice makes about this). She seemed much more confident in her role and it reflected in Bella how she was much more passionate with Edward - but I will never ever stop giggling at the sparkles and chimes used in their "climax". 

     Oh Edward Cullen, how far you've come. My is that a SMILE on your face? Are you LAUGHING? Say it isn't so! But it is! For once you're happy, and relaxed and it will surely make more fan girls swoon because you're actually making eye contact now, and not speaking through gritted teeth. But seriously, it was great to see Robert not have to be so stiff and constrained - it looked like he was genuinely having fun.

     Dear Taylor Lautner, we all know what your job on this movie is and we can always count on you for it. Please accept my apologies for joining in the cat calls while you shucked your clothing. But really Jacob's character was the ice breaker of the movie. His scenes are by far the most memorable and he dealt with all the pivotal stuff like facing Bella's wrath and stripping. 
     I can't say much for Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee, she's cute and all but she's got maybe a couple of lines and for the rest of the movie it's like a silent film with her because she communicates psychically. 

     The other vampires, however briefly we got to know them really stole the show. It was just such an eclectic mix from all over the world and I was really more interested in the mystery and intrigue that their back-stories would have provided than the situation at hand. 

     Oh the ending, it was so freaking EPIC. I won't ruin it for you. But the entire row of girls in front of me were screaming and rocking in their seats mumbling a prayer of "THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN IN THE BOOK!! AAAHHH THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN". It really didn't happen in the book, but I really wish Stephenie Meyer had written it in, cause that was a hell of a twist! 
Overall: 3/5 Cups of Drinkable Tea
You know you have to go see how this movie ends, and honestly I enjoyed it faaar more than all the others! Now to patiently wait for Stephenie Meyer's The Host, I just hope she'll at least continue that story - it was a pretty good one.


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