There are two different ways to judge a movie. One, is quality. Is it a well-made film? The other, is based on an entertainment factor. Do you enjoy the time you spend watching it?
“The Twilight Saga” films may not be good, but they’re a lot of fun.
“Breaking Dawn: Part 2” is finally out and with it the end of the franchise. (fingers crossed) In the conclusion Bella (Kristen Stewart) is a newborn vampire. She has everything she’s ever wanted: loving husband, beautiful daughter, super strength, a thirst for blood, immortality, and even a pet dog.
But those evil Volturi are on their way to Forks because they think her daughter Renesmee (WTF is with that name?!) was bitten, not born. It’s up to the Cullen clan to round up their blood-sucking friends from across the globe to try and talk some sense into the Volturi. Because they’re known for being so reasonable.
Like the first four films, “Part 2” is not good. The acting is awful, the dialog is ridiculous, and just the general plot and story are absurd. Bella is a horrible character. I can not say that enough. As much as I want to blame Kristen Stewart for that, I can’t. She’s written badly and I blame Stephanie Meyers for all of this.
I believe that the cast does the best they can with the material. After watching all the films again, (yes, I was one of those crazy people that went to the 12-hour marathon) I think that after the first one came out most everyone involved realized how terrible this story was and embraced the badness.
It’s fun seeing these actors chewing the scenery and hamming it up. I feel like after the Twilight frenzy began everyone knew they were committed and thought, “If we’re going to make a melodramatic, over-the-top mess of a movie, let’s make it the biggest mess we can.”
Vampire Bella is a vast improvement over human Bella. She’s way more confident and it’s good to see her take charge for once. And you get to see her wrestle a mountain lion. But with vamp Bella comes a lot of scenes being all “I’m a vampire, look how sparkly I am.” It gets old … fast.
Also there’s lots of “Hey, we’re both vampires now. I don’t have to worry about breaking you while we have sex. Let’s have sex.” Again, it gets old … really fast.
So, what made this movie so enjoyable?
The new vampire characters. I’ve always enjoyed the Cullen family more than the Bella, Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). This time we get about a dozen new immortals to meet. Each one vastly more interesting than what’s going on in the main plotline.
Why are these characters so much better? Well, it’s simple. These actors aren’t doing any of the “heavy-lifting” so to speak so they get to come in, make their funny one-liners, and be gone. Similar to the way Charlie (Billy Burke) and Jessica (Anna Kendrick) stole any scene they were in in previous films with they’re great delivery and comedic timing.
Garrett (Lee Pace), a nomad who’s fought in almost every war since the American Revolution, gets the best lines and is probably my favorite. But there are lots more as anyone who’s read the books knows. Casting did a good job of bringing them all together and while they all don’t get a detailed backstory like in the book, it’s still fun to see them all brought to life.
The best part of the movie was the final battle scene which I can’t talk too much about without giving away some spoilers. This battle was completely unexpected because Meyers never wrote anything like this. There were gasps across the theater once it started. It was like watching an episode of “Game of Thrones.” The only word to describe it is … epic.
Wait, that’s not true. Unbelievable, absurd, outlandish, ludicrous … all good words for describing the final battle. It was a twist I didn’t see coming.
As the end credits began to roll I felt like I was watching a graduation montage. Photos and names of everyone who had been in parts 1 and 2. The only thing missing was Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. Of course they saved the big three for last. Taylor Lautner … big round of applause. Robert Pattinson … bigger applause. Kristen Stewart … silence … wait, pity clap.
To sum up: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is a bad movie, but a good time.
I’ve enjoyed my time with “The Twilight Saga” and “Part 2” was a good bookend, but I’m very glad they’re over now and we can all move on to the next pop culture phenomenon, whatever that may be.
- Bats, Brooding, and Babies: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Eclipse Review (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Have you seen the one about Dysfunctional Couples (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)
- Have you seen the one about Vampires (imamovienerd.wordpress.com)