Review: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Posted at 11/16/2012 6:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - For "Twihards" who followed the love story between Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, watching the last installment of the Twilight Saga will be a bittersweet experience.

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is the last and arguably the best film in the blockbuster Twilight Saga, which launched the careers of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Based on the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, the films have grossed over $2.5 billion around the world.

Directed by Bill Condon, "Breaking Dawn-Part 2" gives Twihards what they want: romance, action, angst and even some comedy.

For the uninitiated, teenager Bella falls in love with Edward, a vampire who doesn't drink human blood. Bella's best friend Jacob, who turns out to be a werewolf, completes the love triangle.

In "Breaking Dawn-Part 1", Bella finally marries Edward, gets pregnant and nearly dies giving birth to a half-human, half-vampire baby. Edward saves his wife by turning her into a vampire as well.

Part 2 begins with a red-eyed, sparkling Bella dealing with motherhood, her newfound super strength and thirst for blood.

She and Edward share some romantic and sexy scenes that will have fans squealing in delight. Stewart and Pattinson show that they still have a lot of chemistry left.

Playing Bella as a vampire has finally allowed Stewart to show a bit more range in acting. She seems more comfortable playing a vampire, jumping off rocks and beating up Jacob for "imprinting" on her baby daughter Renesmee. In Twilight lore, imprinting means Jacob and Renesmee are destined for each other.

Pattinson has also improved as an actor, making Edward less angst-ridden and even offering a few smiles.

The film does take its time with the story, perhaps trying to squeeze in as many scenes for fans to enjoy before the end. A scene where Jacob takes off his shirt elicited laughs and shrieks from females in the audience.

The action picks up when the vampire royal guard Volturi finds out about Renesmee, who they suspect to be an "immortal" child. An immortal child is illegal in the vampire world, since their appetites are not easily reigned in and can threaten to expose the existence of vampires to the rest of the world.

The Volturi soon heads for Forks to kill the "immortal" child. But the Cullen clan, backed by their vampire friends and even the werewolves, hatch a plan to convince the Volturi that Renesmee is not who they think she is.

The final showdown between the Cullens and the Volturi, which takes place in a field covered with snow, gives the film a much-needed jolt of action. Martin Sheen steals the show with his portrayal of Aro, the menacingly evil head of the Volturi.

Fans of the books who think they know what will happen next will be in for a surprise twist.

"Breaking Dawn-Part 2" will give Twilight fans the closure they needed. The end credits even pays tribute to all the actors and actresses who appeared in the 5 Twilight films -- a fitting end to the series.