While “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” will entertain fans who have blood-lusted for the fifth film in the series, newcomers to the franchise are unlikely to bite.
This film picks up right where part one left off. Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart), formerly Bella Swan, has just given birth to a half-human and half-vampire baby and almost dies, but her life is saved with a last minute injection of vampire venom. She awakens with heightened sensation and perception, bloodshot eyes and a vampire family, including her handsome husband Edward (Robert Pattinson).
The initial premise is established quickly, and first-time viewers of the Twilight Saga will be utterly confused by the introduction to the film, and mostly everything that follows.
The odd pacing, subpar acting and cheesy special effects may even puzzle franchise fans. But what this film suffers most from is utter lack of drama. Without the tension caused by the Bella-Edward-Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) love triangle, there’s not much left to emotionally invest in.
Bella does leave the awkward, klutzy teenage girl persona behind. She finally comes into her own, making her a heroine somewhat worthy of the hype surrounding her for the past four movies.
The plot revolves around Bella’s daughter, who is mistaken to be a dangerous immortal child. This involves the sinister vampire government, called the Volturi. The Cullens search for their vampire friends around the world to help them make a stand and protect their family.
It’s definitely a stretch, and nothing really dramatic happens until the final 20 minutes of the film. Unlike “Harry Potter” or perhaps even “The Hobbit,” there just wasn’t enough material here to warrant the production of two separate films.
I wasn’t sure whether to take this movie seriously or not. At times it borders on comedy, even self-parody, and at others it’s very solemn.
Ultimately what this movie failed to do, and what the books flawlessly accomplished, was to make the life of a vampire seem glamorous and enviable. After watching the midnight premiere movie, I didn’t find myself wanting to date a vampire, or a werewolf. I just wanted to go home and sleep.
1 out of 5 Werewolf Paws