“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” – Review by MovieManMenzel

The final entry finally delivers the goods.

Before I begin my review of Breaking Dawn: Part 2, I must state that I have been one of the few males that haven’t despised the Twilight films. I will never ever say that this franchise was great because let’s be honest it was average at best, but considering the amount of garbage that gets put on the big screen nowadays, I can deal with Twilight more than say Jack and Jill or any of the modern day spoof movies. Now that I got that out of the way, lets jump into my review of Breaking Dawn: Part 2.

In the second half of the final film in the franchise, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has now become a vampire and is married to Edward (Robert Pattinson). They are trying to settle into their lives and just enjoy their life with their daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). All is fine and dandy until one day Bella and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) are at the park  playing with Renesmee and Irina (Maggie Grace) spots them and reports to the Volturi that Bella and Edward have an immortal child. This is where the epic conclusion starts to get intense as the Cullen clan must gather  vampires from across the globe to help fight the Volturi and save Renesmee.

Just reading the plot synopsis above should tell you that there is more to this conclusion than we have seen in any other film in this franchise. In all honesty, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is actually a pretty good film and no, I am not pulling your leg. This film gives depth to these characters who before this entry have been so one dimensional. Within the first 5-10 minutes of the film, you get more emotion out of Bella, Edward, and Jacob then you have in any of the previous entries and they only get better as the film progresses. Its odd watching this movie because you are so used to these films being aimed just toward the ladies because it features two hot male leads, however, this one depends on the actors to act rather then just look at screen and showcase their good looks.

The story here actually flows together nicely and unlike the other films it doesn’t seem long or draw out, but actually seems fast paced. This film has solid pacing with a build up that leads to a really impressive payoff. The story within the film not only develops these once bland characters, but also gives them substance. It allows these characters to become likable and showcase some emotion which lets be honest none of the other films pulled off well at all. This story is surprisingly engaging and gets even someone who isn’t a “Twihard” involved. Its also gives a lot more back-story on a handful of characters that for those who have not read the books will greatly appreciate.

Now, I am not saying Breaking Dawn Part 2 is a flawless film because it definitely has its fair share of flaws including a few scenes which produced laughs when they clearly weren’t intended to be funny. My main issue with the film was Martin Sheen, who is such a great actor, but in this film he is just so over the top that you can’t take his character seriously at all. There is a scene in which he tries to talk to Renesmee and its incredibly laughably bad. But again, compared to the other films, this movie may have a few scenes that don’t work, but as a whole most of them do and work surprisingly well.

Another thing that I particularly enjoyed about the Breaking Dawn Part 2 was that it knew when to take itself seriously and when to poke fun at itself. This film was very self aware of how cheesy the franchise has been as a whole and even poked fun at the gay undertones during one scene involving Jacob and Bella’s father Charlie played by Billy Burke. It was nice to finally watch a Twilight film that honestly was well directed, well acted, and had a decent story.  I think credit must be given to Bill Condon because without him in the director’s chair, I am really unsure as to whether or not the final film would have been as solid as it is. Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg added things to the film that were not in the book and by doing this it really made the film that much more exciting. It also has to be said that Condon also allowed the actors to finally step outside the norm for these characters and truly allow them to showcase their true acting potential.

While Breaking Dawn Part 2 is still a far cry from a cinematic masterpiece, I can safely say its  a pretty solid film that is enjoyable and entertaining. It delivers an engaging story, decent acting, some beautiful scenic shots, a good amount of laughs, solid tension build up, and a final pay off that will make the “Twihards” cry for more. Its one of those films that if you go into it with an open mind, I really believe that you will be pleasantly impressed with it. As a regular film, its a solid 7 out of 10 but as a Twilight film it is hands down the best of the bunch with no question in my mind. This film may or may not win over over some of those who normally hate the franchise, but in all fairness no one can sit there and say that this is a horrible film because it definitely has moments where it shines and if it wasn’t titled Twilight, I feel a lot more males might admit to enjoying this final entry.

MovieManMenzel’s final rating for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is a solid 7 out of 10. This is a great conclusion to the Twilight Saga.

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