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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Film Review

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Published November 26th 2012
Five years and four movies later, the epic final to the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two has finally arrived. Continuing on where the last movie left, we get to see Bella as a vampire for the first time. The movie follows her struggle as a newborn vampire and a mother. Things are made worse when the law enforcing Volturi make a visit after believing the Cullen's have made an immortal (vampire) child. This child is in fact Renesmee, the biological daughter of Edward and Bella, a half human-half vampire child.

Unlike the first part of the movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is action packed. Given this, it moves at a faster, more heart pounding rate. The visuals within the movie are flawless. The use of stunning, scenic shots, combined with a strong, bold, colour palette, make this movie aesthetically stunning.

For the first time, the audience is taken inside the world of a vampire, as we experience Bella's transformation into the vampire she has desired to become for so long. In the book this scene is described well, and I was nervous to see how it would be portrayed. Fortunately, I was not disappointed - in fact, I was impressed. It was easy to see what things are like as a vampire: sound, touch, sight, everything is heightened.

Getting down to the nitty gritty, the acting in the movie isn't the best. However, compared to some of the other movies, it is a stand out. Kellan Lutz is hilarious as Emmett, and unfortunately manages to steal the show in the arm wrestle scene. The most impressive performance is by little Mackenzie Foy, who plays Bella's beautiful child. Foy has done a good job with this character and has captured her well. Rami Malek, is another standout as Benjamin. He was one of my favourite characters, and by far had the best power (ability to control the elements).

The best scene in this movie is the fight between the Volturi and the Cullens and their coven, whom they have gathered to prove Renesmee is not an immortal child. A scene that it is not in the book, it will leave the audience on the edge of their seats. This scene literally messes with the audience, but I won't say why, it would ruin the ending for those who have yet to see the movie.

While the movie has its positives, it also has some flaws. Other than some weak acting, there are those scenes that were just awkward. The most notable is when Bella hunts a dear and a cougar. This scene was just weird, and the stylisation was not very effective. It became a little two animated and robotic, which let the mood of the scene down.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 will not disappoint true Twi-hards. Packed full of action, twists, and gorgeous costuming and cinematography, it is by far one of the better films of the series. One thing is for sure, it will shock even the most loyal of fans.
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