Movies: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Bella Cullen (Kristen Stewart), created a vampire by her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson), awakens from the illness that followed the birth of her child Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The child is reported to the Volturi — the ruling vampire coven in Italy that makes all the laws every vampire must follow — to be an immortal child whose very existence spells calamity to the coven and the Volturi leader Aro (Michael Sheen, grandly chewing the scenery) decides to take action to prevent disaster. That action is to battle the Cullen clan to death. But, of course, the child is half-human, half-vampire, so no law was broken.

Bella (Kristen Stewart) meets her daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) as Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) look on.
Photo by Andrew Cooper – © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC

For the Twi-hards, fans of Stephanie Meyer’s books and the movies, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was undoubtedly a fully satisfying end to the movie series. We see Bella tearing out the throat of a mountain lion with her teeth (these vamps don’t attack people and we see Renesmee grow up before our very eyes. We see Jacob (Taylor Lautner) turn into a wolf and take care of Renesmee and Edward be all noble and protective. We also see lots of heads broken off and burned — the choice of Voturi for the death of their enemies.

Peter Facinelli and Ashley Green are back as members of the Cullen clan and Billy Burke is again Bella’s father. They are interesting to watch. Dakota Fanning also turns up in a very small part.

In fact, the entire movie is somewhat more interesting than the others in this series, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is nonetheless not a good movie. Director Bill Condon tries bravely to make it come to life but, because — not inappropriate for a movie like this — he’s working with people whose acting seems lifeless — Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner — he is doomed to fail. But it’s a fine effort and, really, a welcome one, as it signals the end of this franchise. For the moment.