There isn’t much that can be said anymore for this series that hasn’t already been said. You are either one of the people that enjoy them or you don’t. The last entry in the Twilight saga Breaking Dawn part 2 finally brings this series to an end much to the dismay of women around the world. The first half of this adaptation of the final book was a long drawn out bore fest that was clearly a cash grab from the studio, but will this second half deliver enough to make it worth it to all the hardcore fans and those that are forced to sit through them?
Breaking Dawn part 2 picks up where part 1 left off with Bella now a vampire and dealing with her new undead life, motherhood, and the threat of the Volturi to it all. Much like the previous movies this film limps along with a story that borders on half ass and performances that have little to no feeling. For being a real life couple for so long it is amazing how little chemistry Pattison and Stewart actually have on screen. Stewart is still morose and stiff as ever, but is given the chance to act a bit different and does ok at first, then falls right back into her usual mannerisms. The big bad Volturi characters consisting of people who can actually act namely Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning never really seem all that menacing or believable that either of these actors ever delivered A-list performances. Fanning isn’t so bad, as she never speaks throughout the whole film, while Sheen turns in a William Shatner type overacted performance that made little to no sense. This film does do something the others have yet to do up until this point and that’s actually move forward towards something. Finally after four other films there is some actual violence and action. While still not the gore that would actually entail some of the gruesome deaths captured here, it at least made it the darker of the bunch and one that those forced to escort someone to will most likely be able to tolerate. The effects are ok, still only slightly better than the previous entries, but there are some really bad ones as well. The speed running used consistently is a bit lame and feels more like you are watching a film about The Flash and his family of speedsters instead of vampires. What does help this film is that it steps away from the boring love triangle story between the three leads, and finally moves forward introducing some new characters that could have made for a cool vampire film if not stuck in this lame world. High marks do go to the big battle at the end of the movie. While they did stay away from the before mentioned gore, the filmmakers made sure that people were being killed and sometime in graphically violent ways albeit with effects and some often bad wire work style action. The worst effect by far in the whole film is that of the child with the stupidest name ever Renesmee. They consistently used CGI throughout most of the movie and it never once appeared to be an actual person. While this stupid name is not the fault of the filmmakers, every time someone says it on screen it just sounds silly and laughable.
Clearly there will be legions of fans rush out to see this movie and most likely numerous times. For being an addition to a series so popular, but with such a silly story, bad performances, and just all around bad execution Breaking Bad part 2 is in fact the best of the bad movies in the series, if for no other reason at least it felt like something was finally happening and there were some kind of creatures here even if it still wasn’t a vampire or werewolf.