Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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The theatrical poster of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2."

Michelle Jin, Editor-in-Chief

A fair warning should be given to anyone who is a self-proclaimed “Twi-hard” or dislikes spoilers: this review will be honest, blunt, and will reveal several aspects about the plot.

From the beginning this Twilight conversion would have been better off unmade because the entire movie lacks an intriguing enough storyline to serve as the foundations for a credible film. The film lacks a backbone. Of course this can’t be blamed on the director, the actors, the production crew or even the screenwriters. No, the entirety of the blame belongs to Summit Entertainment and Stephanie Meyer. Summit should feel ashamed for choosing the greedier route: splitting the Breaking Dawn into two halves for larger revenue in lieu of a single more coherent storyline. Stephanie Meyer should be ashamed for producing a book where happily ever after happens after virtually nothing happens—even children’s fairytales have a climax.

But in all fairness, this movie was destined to be made and no influence—its producers, its actors, etc.—could have deterred its creation. So judging the film in its more redeemable qualities, and with pity and understanding of its unfortunate screenplay, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2” can probably be singled out as the best executed movie of the series. There are less cringe-worthy scenes in the film and the acting has overall improved in the last two film installments. Kristen Stewart does not stutter and blink nearly so much as the first film and Taylor Lautner uses up less screen time by only taking his shirt off once (although thirteen-year-old females may take this negatively). Even Robert Pattinson’s Edward breaks a smile more often in refreshing contrast to his usual unemotional stoic face.

The movie also does a good job of acknowledging its original deficiency in climax and creating its own action. The original plot intended the crux of the film to be a tension-filled encounter between the Cullen clan and the Volturi, the Italian-based ruling order of vampires. However, this encounter never developed into any physical or violent confrontation between both sides. Obviously this would be boring and uneventful for cinema. Instead in an unexpected narrative twist, the movie manages to stay true to the book and generate some exciting action. The twist is actually a flash forward predicted by Alice Cullen, who has the ability to see the future, which depicts the death of the three Volturi leaders and many beloved characters such as Carlisle and Jasper. When the movie progressed to this scene, there were more than gasps of dismay and disbelief in the audience.

So in retrospect “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is not a terrible movie by any means. It was well planned and executed and the improvements of its actors over the previous four films are evident in this one. Unfortunately the movie just never had the potential to be truly great or excellent. The plot was lacking and seemed to drag on at times despite the twist ending thrown in at the end. The movie deserves a B-.