Three, two, one … (in)action! The Twilight Saga is back in theaters for its allegedly “epic” finale Breaking Dawn – Part 2. And while haters will probably still hate and Twi-hards will still love hard, there is no denying that The Twilight Saga has marked a turning point in the movie industry by being the first multi-billion franchise directed towards women. Yet, by breaking the series’ usual pattern of agonizing love triangle yearning, and by adding more gore decapitating action to the vamp-werewolf mix, this last installment proves to be a preposterous laugh-out-loud anticlimax, which can’t even boast the benefits of emo-teen-pleasing drama this time around.
The Twilight Saga wrap-up picks up with Kristen Stewart’s Bella finally being turned into (un)dead vampire, complete with red eyes, sparkly skin and tremendous strength. Unfortunately, even her newly acquired powers are unable to instigate the existence of any kind of personality in the ever blunt now-Mrs Cullen. Her trademarks of perpetual glaring, excessive lip-biting and void of emotion expression dominate the first half of the movie, while the scenes capturing Bella and Robert Pattinson’s Edward consummating their love end up being more weird and stiff than sexy and exhilarating, and so lacking in chemistry and connection that it makes you wonder how it is that the two leads are actually together in real life!
As far as Taylor Lautner’s Jacob is concerned, BDP2 finds him abandoning his corner of the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle, thus bringing the Team-Edward-versus-Team-Jacob dispute to an end. Instead, Jake trades his Bella affections for a werewolf love bond with her newborn hybrid daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). As disturbing as this might sound, director Bill Condon manages to handle the bizarre situation fairly well by minimizing the number of scenes involving Jacob and Renesmee, and by having the two characters avoid even looking at each other. This is a relief, since having a 20-year-old man stare at a little girl in a lovey-dovey manner would have not only been distastefully creepy, but would have provided Twilight’s opposition with one more stake to put into the franchise’s heart.
From then on the story shifts to the ominous coven of vampire royals knows as the Volturi and their quest to destroy the Cullens, their allies and Renesmee in particular. While this provides an excellent set up for a spectacular masterfully-choreographed battle sequence, it unwisely neglects the essence of the series. Thus, the final part’s attempt to deliver a crowd-pleaser not just for the most devoted fans, but for the general public as well might prove unsuccessful and even frustrating. Why? Because while Twi-hards might be dissatisfied by the head-ripping blood-spattering action taking the central spot from longing suffering and love affirmations, the rest of the viewers would probably end up being annoyed at the final twist offsetting the effects of the epic confrontation.
On the plus side, Michael Sheen’s extravagant Volturi leader Aro proves to be an ingenious manifestation of a sinister creature. He stands as the one character who evokes admiration due to his unpredictability and ability to conduct himself in a proper vampire manner.
With its dreary plot, artificial bonds, and ever-so-lacking breadth and depth main characters on one side, but some thrilling action, good special effects and interesting supporting cast on the other, the last chapter in the Twilight Saga offers an apt finale to one of the most controversial franchises. On the large, the film proves to be consistent with what general audiences would have expected and what faithful fans would have wanted. The one surprise and a big minus in the eyes of lady viewers? Not nearly enough scenes of Jacob showing off his famous abs!
2/5 Marvelous points