November 16, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two
Studio: Summit Entertainment Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.
For the millions of members of "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob", "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" is the end of an era.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is finally a vampire, free to spend eternity with her husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
Even the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has something to live for. He's bonded with Bella and Edward's child Renesmee, ready to protect and care for her forever.
It's all set up for a very happily every after ending.
Unfortunately, immortal vampire children are a no-no. Edward and Bella's daughter is mistaken for an undead creature, which draws the attention of the ruling Volturi.
But, back home in Forks, the entire Cullen clan is enjoying the new arrival, until (Alice) Ashley Greene ruins the moment with a vision from the future. She announces that the Volturi are coming.
That prompts the Cullens to travel the glove, seeking friends who will vouch for the child. They want a peaceful resolution with the Volturi, but Edward prepares for the worst by asking their friends to fight with them, if they must.
I've not been the biggest fan of the "Twilight" series. The movies have been slow, the special effects a little cheesy and the acting a bit wooden.
However, I will admit that this is the best of the five "Twilight" films. There are many moments that have been a long time coming that you'll enjoy seeing on the screen. Bella testing and learning about her new powers is fun to watch. And many of the new vampires bring with them interesting powers.
Plus, the battle with Volturi is very satisfying. It's brutal and shocking as heads literally roll across the snowy landscape. At my showing, the audience was gasping with shock as some of the series stalwarts met grisly ends. After several minutes of vicious fighting, the filmmakers use a very clever device that brought cheers from the audience I watched the film with.
I must admit, the ending wraps everything up for a very satisfying conclusion to this tale.
Don't get me wrong, there are still some big problems here. The special effects aren't great. Stewart continues to deliver a mostly one-note performance and with so many vampires running around nobody really gets a chance to shine and stand out.
But, Pattinson probably delivers his best work as Edward, and while he's not given as much screen time because he spends much of the film in his wolf form, Lautner's bonding with the baby is touching.
But the highlight is the fight scene. It has plenty of rip-roaring action.
On my rating scale, "Breaking Dawn Part Two" earns a HOME RUN.
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