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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - Film Review

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by Adam Ray Palmer (subscribe)
A film reviewer, a poem dabbler and an admirer of words. They are funny things aren't they? Words, where would we be without them? On TV probably.
Published November 22nd 2012
Breaking Yawn: Part Two

I'm struggling to establish which was more interesting; the film or the child next to me spewing on too many sweets... probably the latter.

The Headline Poster For The Final Twilight Instalment

My first thought that comes to mind when I think of this film is the word 'drab'. To say it is the finale of a franchise that has grossed over 2 billion, the film is nothing more than bland and uninteresting. I expected it to have a bit more thrust to a cinematic extent but literally nothing happened. I was actually surprised how the narrative climaxed too, there was very little build up, followed by a boring 'fight scene' and to finish with a nonchalant ending.

I completely understand that a film like this is adapted from a novel so the script has to be similar to the book, but I am sure there are ways to spruce up the film using cinematography. Usually, in the earlier films of the 'Saga', there are long panoramic views of Forks, many engaging scenes of dialogue between the characters and some entertaining fight scenes. In 'Breaking Dawn: Part Two', there is none of these conventions. I feel it is rushed, with the crew's main necessity to squeeze the rest of the novel into a two-hour feature film and be done with it. In my opinion, I think the film has been let down in all areas.

All the cast reprised their roles for this final instalment of the 'Saga' with the main trio of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner also returning to headline the film. As far as the acting goes, there is not a lot to report on to be honest. In all fairness to Kristen, her representation of Bella was still as good as ever with her moody looks, the odd quirky grins and that excellent frustrated face she pulls. I think she was the only actor out of the main three to deliver an accomplished effort onto the big screen. I felt Robert Pattinson was useless in this movie; he never stood out in any scene he was in. He just let out a creepy smile from time to time and that was about it. I must state, I am a huge fan of Pattinson's but this was arguably his worst performance as an actor. I think the role of Edward Cullen does not allow him to show his true talent. 'How To Be' and 'Little Ashes' are great, little films if you want to see him in full bloom. Furthermore, Taylor Lautner to me struggles with the basics in 'Breaking Dawn: Part Two'. I found him lacklustre, bland, and emotionless. I think if he has a career after this 'Saga', it is only because he was simply in this 'Saga'. He is not a leading man at all and I think he will get insulted in every role he will portray.

The Verdict
To sum up, I feel completely let down by this instalment. The first three I was never bowled over by because I thought they were a little bland and the plot did not really go anywhere. However, the fourth instalment, I thought Bill Condon had created a great stepping stone ready for the finale. I thought it was stylish, gripping and still had all the traditional 'Twilight' conventions intact. Moving onto 'Part Two', I felt it was a cinematic mess. Admittedly, Bill had to stick to the book but the climax is ridiculous. The viewers should feel annoyed and disappointed at what happens because it's pointless. It is just used to sell the film in the trailer. 'Twilight' lovers will adore this film because it is simply 'Twilight'; everyone else should see what it really is. One thing I did like was the montage at the end celebrating the franchise and naming everyone involved in the series... nice touch.

Star Rating: Generous 2/5
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