Film Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’



Before the Twihards pile on too quickly for my less-than-gushing take on the final episode in the “Twilight” franchise, I just want to state for the record that I actually have read – and enjoyed! –the first novel of the series by Stephanie Meyer.  And I even gave the third movie a positive review.

But the decision to split the last book, “Breaking Dawn,” into two parts was an unwise one. It left the entire fourth movie and the first half of the fifth feeling like an endless stretch of exposition.

The final culmination itself, though, is thrilling and filled with the sort of vital storytelling juices that seemed to get leeched out of “The Twilight Saga” halfway through. The story opens with Bella (Kristen Stewart) having been turned by her vampire lover Edward (Robert Pattinson) into a fellow nosferatu. Their love child grows at an astonishing rate, but is viewed by the Voluturi, the vampire ruling clan, as an abomination.

There’s a great big battle between vampires and werewolves, and some emotional exchanges that actually pluck the heartstrings. It wasn’t great, but the last “Twilight” movie didn’t suck.


Movie: B-minus