When I originally got word that I would have the chance to go to a screening of The Twilight Saga: Break Dawn Part 2, I had no actual interest in seeing or reviewing it. One of the main reasons for that is because I’m a man. Seeing as how I’m a male who’s over the age of 15, I fully understand that these movies aren’t made for my type. They’re made for teenage girls and people who like watching their vampires sparkle.
Myself? I prefer the blood suckers in the movies that I watch to be violent, vicious and mostly evil. Whether it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Blade or something like The Lost Boys, there are plenty of films that I can see that will give me all of the blood and guts that I need from these blood thirsty night walkers. As a matter of fact, I’d even take the vampires from Interview with a Vampire. That’s also a heck of a movie.
But after thinking it over for a few days, I decided that I was going to give The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 a look. I did so, because I know that some of the faithful readers of The Movie Picture Show might actually like these movies and because I may or may not have a thing for Ashley Greene. I had no idea who she was before I saw The Apparition, also known as the worst horror film that I’ve ever seen, but she is kind of cute and I haven’t seen much of her besides that monstrosity and Butter. For me, the most important thing wasn’t how good Ashley Greene looked or even if some of my readers would like this movie. I was really just hoping that I would be able to sit through the entire film.
My first experience with the dudes from Twilight began with a smattering of boos from a few members of the audience directed at the name of Kristen Stewart when it first popped up on the screen. Those boos were immediately followed up with a noticeable round of applause for Robert Pattinson’s name and an even louder ovation for Taylor Lautner’s. Kellan Lutz also got a nice ovation as well, but it wasn’t as big as the other two guys.
Apparently, the story in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2 begins about two or three days after the last Twilight movie was supposed to end. Bella (Kristen Stewart) has just awakened from her sleep and she sees Edward (Robert Pattinson), her new husband for the first time since she’s been out cold. She’s a vampire now too and has those physical attributes to prove it. This is a big day for her, because she now gets to spend all of eternity with this guy and apparently, he doesn’t seem to mind for some reason.
I thought the normal marriage between humans was one of my worst nightmares, but literally being married forever? How strong are the marriage laws in the world of blood suckers anyway? Do you have to sign any contracts? Are you even allowed to get divorced? Luckily for me, I’m not a vampire and this is actually impossible to begin with.
Bella’s big day of returning from her long state of slumber doesn’t stop there. This big day of hers gets even bigger, because she’s about to meet her baby girl for the very first time. Like all parents, Renesmee”s parents believe she’s a beautiful new-born. As for myself, I completely disagree. I didn’t understand it at first, but the creators of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 decided to make this a computer generated new-born infant. This thing is weird-looking, and it’s just freaky. As the movie goes on, I do understand why they did it this way, but they could have made the baby look a little bit more human.
Regardless of how I or anyone else feels, everyone on-screen is cool with this cyborg looking kid. It’s obviously fine to the grateful new parents, but it doesn’t sit well with some of the other vampires who roam the world in secret. These other vampires believe that this child could be disastrous for society as a whole and feel the need to get rid of it if what they believe is in fact true.
The plot is at least decent in my opinion, but obviously it comes down to how the director and all involved execute the plan to put it on the big screen. That story in this movie is kind of split into two parts. The first part is essentially exploring the current world of Twilight as it serves as a chance to show who everyone is and reestablish some of their connections that they may have with one another. Due to the fact that I didn’t know anything about Twilight ahead of time, this allowed me to understand a bit of what the story is about and who some of the people are.
The second part continues the build up towards the film’s climax, but it doesn’t bother trying to establish the most important characters anymore, because they don’t have to. They do take the time to introduce some other characters and quite a few of them are what I would call strange. I’d particular point out the Russian and Irish people in this movie that members of the audience found quite amusing. They are funny, because they are so awkward. I don’t know if that’s done on purpose here, but it’s hard to take them seriously no matter how you look at it.
The characters overall are cheesy and much of the acting isn’t what you would call great either. Ironically, I feel that the flaws in these characters actually make the movie more tolerable than it should have been. It appeared like whenever someone in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 even tried to get serious, a number of the people in the theater found it to be humorous. Aside from The Apparition, I don’t think I’ve ever seen another movie that drew that much laughter from the audience that wasn’t a comedy.
Under normal circumstances this would be the nail in the coffin for most films, but I actually believe that this specific failure helped save the movie from being completely terrible. You really can’t take most of this stuff seriously and I wouldn’t be shocked if the folks who put this movie together recognized that and made at least some of the film this way intentionally.
When I look at this Twilight flick and what I wanted out of it, I’m happy to say that I managed to sit through the entire thing without feeling the need to tear my eyes out. As far as Ashley Greene is concerned, I didn’t get to see her at her best because they destroyed her hair. She’s one of those chicks that looks her best with long hair and they should have kept that way. Fortunately for me, Casey LaBow is in this movie and she helped make up the difference.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 isn’t as bad as I was expecting , but having a bunch of cartoonish vampires with comic book like super powers will never be my cup of tea. I’m not going to dissect everything that I didn’t like about it, because my review would be even longer. I will however, point out something that didn’t make sense to me. These vampires move at the speed of light and never run out of energy, so why do they feel the need to drive around in a car to get to where they need to go? It’s a complete waste of gas and money if you ask me. Did these guys ever hear of global warming? They could help save the planet by reducing their usage of gas that they don’t need.
From my point of view, this isn’t a very good movie, and I hope to never watch anything associated with Twilight ever again. With that being said, this movie and the entire franchise that came before it isn’t about what I want or like. It’s about the fans of this series and I believe that this feature film is something that they can enjoy as they say their last goodbyes. There’s enough drama and personality to go with an intriguing final battle that has an interesting twist. So, if you’re a fan of Twilight, I say check this one out. You’ll most likely leave satisfied.
Director: Bill Condon
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Distributor: Summit Entertainment