The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Bella is enjoying her new unlife and new powers, after the birth of her daughter, Renesmee. All too soon the Cullens are threatened again by a new menace.
So the haters will hate this film and the fans will love it. Yes, I get that Twilight is ridiculed religiously and at times I get why that is happening. At other times, like now, with this film, I simply don't get the jump on the hate bandwagon. It's a great film. I have no shame in admitting to being a fan and I'm not ROBsessed or hung up on a shirtless Lautner, I just like the world that Stephenie Meyer created and I got lost in the books. I am also a Buffy and Angel fan and I know that Angel was the inspiration for Edward as there are too many similarities between the two to ignore.
BD2 is directed by Bill Condon, who I believe is also a fan, and who has paid homage to the entire series in this film. It was a pleasure to see Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson appear relaxed in their parts and just have fun with it all. Somehow the cgi'd wolves were awesome when they definitely have been less-than in earlier films. Stephenie Meyer rewrote the ending and I think it was a brilliant rewrite, giving fans something to look forward to.
A bit about the story. Bella wakes up from her excruciating transformation into a vampire and discovers that Jacob has imprinted on her daughter who he has nicknamed "nessie". She doesn't know which to be more angry about. The Volturi threaten Renesmee and come over from Italy to, erm, remove her. So, the Cullens call for help from their vampire friends and Forks starts filling up with pale people with great genes.
Generally, this film just feels more right than any of the others in the series. The photography is just beautiful. The script, which I admit has a few holes, is full of witty dialogue and classic banter. There are classic fight scenes which seem more choreographed than usual but mostly the film is fun, loads of fun. If I were to compare this to The Deathly Hallows Part 2 I think Bella and Edward would win my vote. I have some serious issues with TDH2 and I will get to that review eventually.
The new ending of the film had me repeating "oh my god" until the reveal happened and I could breathe again. It was a great way to have the final battle that many would be expecting. Kudos.
Many reviewers slammed Condon for the schmaltzy ending and for the credits but, for me, this was not over done it was just great fun to watch. The icing on the cake was watching as the credits rolled and all the major players from the previous films were presented. (The first franchise, I think, to do this?) Couple that with yet another fantastic soundtrack and BD2 is a winner. (Twilight films have some of the best soundtracks I've ever heard, each director has carefully chosen songs to fit their scenes. My favourite is Chris Weitz's scene in New Moon when Edward leaves and Bella watches the seasons changing with "Possibility" from Lykke Li playing hauntingly. This scene meaningfully represents the pain of a lost relationship.)