It’s that time of year again. Hordes of people are lining up for Twilights last hurrah. The fantasy book series created by Stephenie Meyer finally comes to an end with Breaking Dawn – Part 2. The concluding chapter turns away from the love triangle that drove most of the saga. And despite that, director Bill Condon still manages to give fans what they want.

The Players:

The Plot:

After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens help Bella and Edward join forces with other vampire clans. It’s their last ditch effort to protect the child from a false allegation that puts them in front of the Volturi… again.

The Good:

  • The Twist (Battle of the Vampires): The movie slowly builds to the ultimate twist, in which good and bad vampires violently battle each other. Trying to find meaning in the battle is like trying to find meaning in an Adam Sandler movie. The showdown deviates from Meyer’s book, which might create a conflict for mega-fans, but could work for general audiences. The entertaining sequence features numerous beheadings and intense vampire-on-vampire/vampire-on-werewolf fighting. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is still a bad movie, but the twist rescues it from being the worst in the franchise.
  • Taylor Lautner/Intentional Comedy: Now that Lautner’s Jacob has officially lost Bella to Edward, he’s free to be shirtless and funny. For the first time, the actor is allowed to be in on the joke and he makes the best of it — half naked and all. 

The Bad:

  • Fake Baby and Special Effects: It’s outrageously baffling how a money-making machine like Twilight can’t get a better special effects team. The fake baby is the most bothersome though. The infant version of Renesmee looks so creepy. No wonder she got mistaken for an “immortal.”
  • This Film Isn’t Needed: It wasn’t completely necessary to have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows split into two films, but at least the second one has a purpose. There’s a legitimate battle between good and evil. Breaking Dawn – Part 2, however, is wholly unnecessary. It’s a filler that spends most of its time presenting new characters (new characters in the final film). There’s also a lot of hugging, kissing and driving around. 
  • The Leads: A lot has been said about the private, romantic lives of Stewart and Pattinson. Maybe their relationship is all for show, maybe not. Who cares?! (Answer: Everyone). But when it comes to their characters, they lack the chemistry that’s fundamentally crucial for any romantic film. 

Overall:

It’s a given that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will make loads of money, regardless of quality. There are some funny moments and an epic battle scene that’s likely to get fans (even some outsiders) excited. But for those of us who aren’t Twihards, this movie’s not good enough to draw us in. So non-Twilight fans, if you’re in the mood for a great romantic tale adapted from a novel, check out Anna Karenina instead.

The Rating: 5.5/10

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens in theaters November 16.

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Will you be seeing Breaking Dawn – Part 2 this weekend?