The much-awaited final installment of the grand series, The Twilight Saga, has finally released. The expectations were but naturally quite high, especially for all the Twilight lovers. On the other hand, it had an approximate USD 340.9 million worldwide opening, which implies as the eighth-largest ever, the largest for the Twilight franchise, and the largest for a particular movie released outside the summer period. As a result, the part two version had much bigger expectations, where fortunately it had however provided an at least satisfying conclusion.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The story begins from where the part one of the Breaking Dawn ended. Bella (Kristen Stewart) begins her new life as a vampire after being brought back from near-to-death by her love Edward (Robert Pattinson). The couple also has their own cute-little daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), who is up-and-growing very speedily. Now when this small baby turned into a young daughter (probably in her less than 10-year of age), a member of the Denali Coven, Irina (Maggie Grace), spotted her somehow. With having only half-knowledge, she reports Renesmee as a human child who has been bitten and then changed into a vampire to the Volturi, the clan of Vampires.
Now the Volutri people decided to fight against and destroy the Cullens (Edward's family) for breaking the vampire law. (How the law was created for the beneficial of Vampires clan is also being explained in the movie). To prove Renesmee is not an immortal kid, and is in fact half human and half vampire (since she was born when Bella was human and before turning into a vampire), the Cullens gather the other vampire clans from overseas, including the Denali, the Amazonian, the Egyptian, the Irish, and Romanian covens, and as well European and American nomads, to stand as their witnesses and to convince the Volturi people. Apart from having a wrong belief of breaking the law, Aro (Michael Sheen), the leader of Volturi, is also having his other hidden and secret motives to fight with the Cullens.
In the company of their vampire associates and the Quileute wolf pack, the Cullens are now all set to defend themselves against the very powerful Volturi inhabitants.
Screenplay & Direction
Based on 'Breaking Dawn' novel written by Stephenie Meyer, the screenplay of the movie is written by Melissa Rosenberg along with Stephenie Meyer. Apart from other parts, the final installment was more focused on action, adventure and fantasy, rather than the romantic one. The very first scene starts with Bella on a hunt to fulfill her thirst as a vampire, and then the story moves forward where how they all are now caught up in a big dilemma.
The first half is blended with Bella's new vampire life and gathering the other clans from overseas to protect Renesmee. The second half focuses on the preparation for the big fight, along with the breathtaking climax. The story is engaging enough to hold the audience, and as well quite thrilling and exciting to watch certain sequences. However the emotional drama of losing Renesmee and others were a bit stretchy, but overall it had managed somewhat to please the Twilight lovers.
Sequences such as the very first scene of Bella's hunting to fulfill her thirst, the argue over baby between Jacob and Bella where the wolf was fearing that the vampire turned mother might not bite the baby to fulfill her thirst, the whole sequence of Charlie (Bella's father) who partially gets to know about the truth of her daughter, and the mind-boggling climax part which includes the nail-biting and unbelievable fight between Cullens and Volturi people (do not miss this one) - were amazing, gripping, exciting and entertaining.
Oscar-Winning director Bill Condon, who had also directed the first part of Breaking Dawn, had very well directed the movie. Despite of some stretchiness in the screenplay, he had managed to hold the viewers with his interesting story-telling.
Music & Other Technicalities
Music was good, especially the last song 'Love You for Thousand Years' will keep on playing in your mind after you move out from theaters. Background score was apt according to the situations in the film. Cinematography and Editing were excellent, but a bit trimming session was required in certain emotional and dramatic sequences. Dialogues were good, and rest other technicalities were supportive. Visual effects were although can't be said as top-notch, but were impressive enough, especially during the last climax fight sequence.
Robert Pattinson was super as usual, but the gorgeous beauty Kristen Stewart took away the complete movie. This time her role was not like sweet, simple and girl-next-door kind of, but in fact was more powerful as a commanding, matured-girl and fairly aggressive vampire. She has aptly and impressively performed her part, and the Twilight lovers would enjoy seeing her in such a makeover. As said earlier, the romantic angle in the film was less focused, thus the romantic chemistry between Edward and Bella (Robert and Kristen) will be very minimal to witness.
The adorable girl Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) was although having quite short role, but gave a satisfactory performance. Rests of the other old cast members were as usual good in their respective roles, and the new ones were equally supportive.
The final installment of the much-popular series, The Twilight Saga, and also the last part of Breaking Dawn, had pretty much good amount of expectations among moviegoers, especially an ardent Twilight lovers. The film 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' had although not impressed thoroughly, but had also not disappointed completely. Overall, the film does give a satisfactory conclusion - with a perfect ending, perfect climax and as well with perfect end credits.