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This what i expected. I never wanted to see this movie but was forced to see it. I don't know why people love twilight saga i mean twilight saga so much. The acting is not bad.But what makes the movie worse that nothing happens till the end.Robert pattinson ,Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner do a good job. But there is no action till the end but all the fighting in the end was just to show the bad guy(Iforgot who he is.)What will happen in the future.I am sure all men will hate this and i really hated this movie. If you are a lady you might JUST like this. Over all 1/10 i really advise you not to see this movie and do not waste your money on this crazy movie.
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I want to start of by mentioning that I've never seen any of the previous movies from the saga since I assumed they would be awful, and I was right. The only reason I saw this film was because of my significant other. The acting was awful and so were the special effects, which surprises me since the movie did have a 75 million dollar budget, but then again it's a movie directed towards women so the effects were probably the least of the productions worries. One of the other things that I really thought was absurd was the idea of "vampires" with powers other than the usual, such as being able to control different elements and read minds. I mean really have vampires really come this downhill. That actually wasn't the worst part either. The infinite amount of decapitations with no blood. Okay I understand it's PG-13 but couldn't they have at least done something better with it instead of decapitation every second of the final battle scene. What ever happened to wooden stakes, as in "real vampires" not sparkling 20 year olds. I would not recommend this movie to anyone, not even to a casual movie fan.
After four novels and five films The Twilight Saga has ended. It is a
series that has its fans but also people who hate it so much that they
irrationally explode in rage. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
is the best received movie on IMDb with a 5.6 rating at the time of
this review. But how does it fare from a person who is neutral towards
Three days after the birth of her daughter, Renesmee, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is a powerful new born vampire with fantastic strength, speed and self-control over her thirst. Werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is also no longer an issue because he is now imprinted on Renesmee and will fight to the death to protect her. But with all these changes Bella's dad (Billy Burke) has to be made aware of her change and Renesmee being a half-vampire, half-human child she ends up growing at a rapid rate being a nine year old child in months. The Volturi see Renesmee as a threat to their way of life and as an opportunity to destroy the Cullens. The Cullens go around the world to get allies to convince the Volturi that Renesmee is not a threat.
Breaking Dawn is the novel that even Twilight fans are critical about and the first 30 minutes seems to very self-aware about the whole series involving Bella not needing to break Edward, their sex, the lunacy of a man being in love with a baby and when Jacob strips off and reveals he is really a werewolf to Bella's dad. Then we fall into the usual melodrama and like the previous films introduces to interesting ideas but are not fully explored: this time the idea of immortal children who are never grow up mentally and therefore can never control their thirst and the hint of an old conflict between the Volturi and an Eastern European Medieval order who were much more open about their vampirism.
When we get to see the order vampires we see that they have a wide range of powers that make they look like the mutants from X-Men. We are introduced to a number of vampires during this film and we only get to see know a few of them. I expect we get to know more about them in the books but we only really know the characters through stereotypes: the Russian vampires spoke with comically bad accents. But the CGI is still terrible and cheap looking, resulting with a very creepy looking baby.
The final action sequence is the best in the series; it nothing to write home about but it is serviceable and last longer then two or three minutes. But Breaking Dawn Part 2 ends with a big cop out and has a massive deus ex machina. The whole thing felt a bit fanfictty and lazy as the writers did not want to upset anyone.
The Twilight Saga already tackled necrophilia and bestiality, now it has paedophilia under its belt. But because of the ridiculous nature of how it accurses the film actually acknowledges this and makes fun of it and does not show it as an romantic relationship: that would have been too weird.
Twilight has never been a showcase for acting and Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the same. But Lautner is surprisingly decent and it is easily the best performance I seen him give. But Stewart was the weak link in the cast this time round, having a very stiff delivery.
Breaking Dawn Part 1 was the weakest entry in the series but Bill Condon does a better with follow-up: it is much faster paced and he does have some visually interesting sequence, particular the flashback to the immortal children and the film does not flinch from showing a child's death and number of decapitations. But vampires do seem surprisingly easy to kill, especially in since the first film made it out that it is very difficult to destroy a vampire. Breaking Dawn Part 2 also has an improved music score and it is the best the series has to offer, using a bit of chorus music which I have a soft spot for.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 ranks dead in the middle of the series: Twilight and Eclipse are better, but New Moon and Breaking Dawn Part 1. The series should go down as forgetting then anything that is truly awful. I would like to see what would happen if a good writer was able to develop the basic ideas that the series has introduced because they is more potential then what the series was offered.
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No I didn't check the spoiler, because I wrote the end in the summary
line. I think most people are aware, that this is (finally) the last
movie in the Twilight universe. What started out as a nice little
teenage (girl) fantasy/wet dream, became one of the most annoying
series out there. For different reasons people started to hate it. Some
for its popularity with young (and older) girls. But some because it
was just a bad soap, with some glitter (not only over Mr. Kristen
Stewart, if they actually finally stay together, forever).
This final fest, was actually more than just decent, not only because it had the prospect of ending it all. But that right there is just it and that is why I put the spoiler tag up, the end is as bad as anything Dallas did. You know the old, it was all a dream thing, works for TV (mostly), but it just shouldn't be used in movies.
Apart from that bad move, you get the usual, sulking Kristen (we know she can do better than that), a vampire that is more irritating than making people yearn for him (and Robert can act too, just don't judge him on the merits of this movie alone). And a wolf that can't let go. Literally too, with a very creepy turn concerning Bellas child (we don't know yet, if he can act though).
All in all, if you have watched/endured the others, what is one final piece? Almost two hours of your life, but you want to see how it ends (twice). So here we go ... Goodbye
The Twilight books were a guilty pleasure, I enjoyed them (to a point).
I don't pretend they were works of literary genius, or the plot was
particularly clever, and don't get me started on sparkles, but they
were a diversion and I bought them all and saw all the films (mainly on
This is the final instalment, the denouement of the story arc and should have been the screaming crescendo of a climax but was more or less a damp squib. Given the money that was clearly lavished on this film (and the others) it left a lot to be desired. The series' final book was split into two films which I think was a con as there just isn't enough happening in them to make four hours of viewing, they would have been TOTALLY better as one film with faster action. This film was relatively empty and jumped from point to point with little cohesion between. It got annoying. Then there's the acting, given the lack of intelligent script the actors have to act by numbers - jumping from facial expression to the next which makes the woodenness of the acting, which Pattinson and Stewart (both good actors) have been tarred with since the franchise began as if they are just reading lines rather than delivering them. Given, also, there's a lot of - invisible to the viewer - telepathy there are a lot of empty hand-on-face scenes. The CGI is prolific, and it's often hard to tell if there is anything real, which isn't necessarily a good thing as it makes the film less believable (despite being fantasy). The CGI of Renesme's face was so fake and ridiculous but the wolves are lovely again and one of the best parts of all the films, and the CGI on Kristen's face/make up is good. Regarding CGI, what was with the brief white sparkles in the love scene? Was that supposed to be an orgasm? WTH? The only other redeeming features of the film is the cinematography of the landscapes (real or CGI) and the sweeping panoramas which are legion and the fight scene at the end. It is an attractive film, the cottage in the woods very Thomas Kincaid, entertaining to a point but empty and rather dull and like the previous two-parter too montage ridden. The dialogue (what little there was) was banal and limited, and there needed to be more complexity, but that is the fault of the books as they were naively written (given the subject) but it must be remembered that this is a series for young adults not grown-ups and as such it is probably gripping and exciting. With that in mind, as a film, it's still disappointing.
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I watched this movie commercial free, for free, on my computer at home.
Within just minutes of starting it, I was unsure if I even wanted to
have this on during a workout. If only I was a 12 year old girl, I
would have enjoyed this better. Thank everything forever, I did not pay
money for this movie.
There has been some speculation of the budget to this movie. Regardless, it was above 50 million at least, possibly double that. This must have been the most wasteful movie in the history of film making if that is true. It felt like they might have plowed through filming this in one take for each scene. The actors are awkward and unbelievable. I'll give it to Kristen Stewart, I've never seen a one trick pony be ridden so hard, for so long. Her one facial expression never lets me down. It's passion, hurt, pain, anger, happiness, all rolled into one. I wish I could make just one expression with my face. It would save me time. And people wouldn't have to try to read my facial clues. The execution was odd, and I never even had the chance to understand why Myers chose to include so many powers, without any coordination between the vampire special power patrol. Its like she just decided to cram a bunch of power creativity with no explanation whatsoever that made me just say "Wow, really! water power! That's awesome! but why, when, how, and where, oh I don't care anymore?" And once again, the sets felt small, like a one room school house. Which brings me to my next point; I felt like I was a small child. I was embarrassed during the movie because, as all the twilight movies, I internalized the incredibly awkward tendencies of the movie.
Summary: If I wasn't working out during the movie, I would have skipped through parts of the movie that were cheesy, probably self editing the movie down to about 20 minutes. This movie was exactly as good as a random episode of Smallville, which is equally as embarrassing as this trash smoothie.
I did not start out as a fan of the movies until I got talked into
seeing the first one. OK, so I got hooked on the brooding Robert
Pattinson character and stayed with the franchise even though Kristen
Stewart was boring and emotionless throughout. No problem, I hung in
there and was entertained. Taylor Lautner got better looking as the
movies went on, too.
I waited for almost a year after seeing the first trailer but really think this movie would have been much better attached to part 1. What a waste of film because the last 15-20 minutes make the whole movie! (A money thing, I guess). A thrilling ride of epic battle with surprises and emotion galore (for me anyway). Certainly can't comment on the great acting (it wasn't there) with the possible exception of Michael Sheen. He's so campy and creepy and entertaining with all that black hair and make up! lol. Sorry, but just nothing more to say about the movie itself. It gets a 5 out of 10 just for the last 20 minutes.
So now the franchise is over and I'm glad. Nice ride, few bumps, and I'm ready to move on. There is only so much one can take of an actress who, God only knows how, got a huge break without having to have much talent. Whew...next! Oh! I do wonder why vampire females wear so much makeup? And why vampire guys wear makeup at all? No vampire in this movie, except Robert Pattinson, was natural-looking. Maybe it's because without blood running through your veins, you gotta powder up and wear lots of eye makeup...? Hmmm.
And so we finally bid farewell to one film franchise that managed to
survive the odds at the box office, propped by die hard fans and the
curious, or by those, like me, who are completist with high threshold
of pain. Despite negative and scathing reviews, the Twilight films
suffered no dent in its revenue stream, and having the audacity to
split the final book, like what Harry Potter did, to bring more money
for the studios. But unlike the boy wizard's final installment,
Breaking Dawn actually didn't have much content to justify the split,
other than to dangle in its trailer an all out slug-fest, turning it
into an action film with what I thought was an extremely shrewd move to
get detractors into seats, just to see their hated characters getting
ripped to pieces.
Or not. There were a couple of inherently strange and twisted plots and subplots in the franchise that I wonder just what's brewing in writer Stephenie Meyer's mind, having to go against the established grain that vampires can survive under ultra-violet light, and sparkle at that, while also developing X-Men inspired mutant powers in addition to Superman like abilities. I suppose one has to buy into Twilight's logic in order to enjoy it, but if it keeps pushing the envelope of the ridiculous, one can only call it a day, with this movie churning out a finale that I'm not embarrassed to reveal would be something for comic book movie fans, if only it had the guts to stick to what it did, rather than to cop it out, exactly in the same way how Ong Bak 3 did it.
But what's more disturbing are, firstly, already revealed in Breaking Dawn Part 1, was that the already dead Edward (Robert Pattinson) can actually impregnate Bella (Kristen Stuart), which even the Volturi, headed by Aro (Michael Sheen) deem impossible to happen. But it did, which events from that film, culminating in the third party Jacob (Taylor Lautner) having to sexually groom a female infant, who will grow at breakneck speed in this installment. Let's not forget he's a wolf too, so you can do the math. Fantasy romance is one thing, and some lines of decency shouldn't be crossed, considering that the novels were targeted at a particular population demographic.
In many ways this followed the formula employed by the slew of many superhero origin movies, with Bella, now immortal and very powerful, showing off and discovering many other new found abilities. With every challenge thrown her way, be it trying to stave off her instinct for human blood, to dealing with slightly more mature issues in reconciliation with her dad, there's nothing to even make her break into a sweat, which kind of makes it very boring indeed. And that's not all, considering that the story had thrown a lot more cardboard X-Men characters on screen, from those who can deliver electric shocks to some who can control the elements, just to fill up some half hour worth of CG laden mano-a-mano, only for the rug to be fulled under one's feet. This overshadowed the main thread of having tell the Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) story, a human-vampire hybrid who is the great unknown, with powers unseen and an unbelievable growth rate, having a pet wolf sworn to be by her side in Jacob.
Director Bill Condon really had his work cut out for him in making the movie, having to put up with cringe-worthy lines that will induce one to roll one's eyeballs, many times over. The acting by all from Pattinson to Stewart to the many support acts all showed a certain eager tolerance to be over and done with this. Michael Sheen hams it up in really boring fashion as the all powerful judge, jury and executioner, while Dakota Fanning probably signed on the dotted line to pay the bills, having to utter absolutely nothing, but to turn up in the office, show her face and act nasty. In fact, everyone did just that, including the leads,
If looked at on the whole, it's suffice to say this film franchise started off quite brightly (heh), only to have stretched itself too thin based on really lightweight material by its author. One can only put lovelorn and infatuation on screen for so many films without the feeling of repetition and deja-vu, before finally reaching its goal of a certain idea that was realized in the final installment - the crave for power and immortality, as can be seen from Bella's smirk each time someone mentions she is powerful. I suspect the story's none other than a stroke of one's ego and fantasy.
For the target audience, perhaps this film franchise is gold. But to the rest, well, this is something destined for the books as one really strange film anomaly.
As said in my review of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, I am neither a fan or
detractor of the Twilight Saga, though in terms of the books I only
lasted the first chapter of the first book. Of the movies, for me the
best was Eclipse, and the worst New Moon. In terms of Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn Part 2 I'd say that it is a marginal improvement over
Breaking Dawn: Part 1 and ranking the whole saga I'd put it bang in the
middle, but for a finale to a film series I found it very
Does it have good points? Yes actually. I did think the scenery was really lovely, very evergreen-looking, and the photography did have some nice shots(some of the zooming though does get too much). I also thought that Breaking Dawn: Part 2 did have the best music score, courtesy of Carter Burwell, of the saga, and that Renesmee was just adorable. There are a few performances that were quite good. Michael Sheen does ham things up but he is gleefully fun to watch, Billy Burke is once again amusing and Ashley Greene is good as Alice. Dakota Fanning is also not too bad, I think an improvement over the previous instalments, but I have seen her give better performances in better movies.
That said, I am still not convinced by the acting of the three leads. I will say though that Kristen Stewart does give her best performance of the series, she does finally crack a smile after looking bored previously, she doesn't mope around as much and she does show some genuine concern regarding Bella's situation. However, and it doesn't help that Bella(in my eyes) is such a dull and unlikeable character, I still didn't find her entirely convincing, her eyes show no signs of life, her face lacks expression and she has a lot of flat line delivery. Robert Pattinson does have some sweet chemistry with her, but he does look constipated a lot and his facial expressions have a tendency to be on the hammy side. They are not that bad though compared to Taylor Lautner, who is unbearably wooden here as Jacob and the constant taking off of his shirt got old quickly.
On top of that, Bill Condon's direction seems rather uninspired. I am familiar with Condon and do find him a promising director/writer who observes things well, Gods and Monsters is one of my favourites, Kinsey is very interesting and Dreamgirls is decent. But there is little of what these things as good as they were on display here, so as like the previous instalment there is the sense that Condon was not in his comfort zone. A lot of things don't help though, as the dialogue continues to be clunky and almost like watching an overly-melodramatic soap opera- especially in the first half where everything is lacking in any kind of intent- and the story is plodding- though the beginning also manages to feel very rushed- in its exposition with scenes dragging on too long and very little that is exciting or surprising. The ending has no real gusto or emotional punch(though actually it still manages to be the highlight of the entire film), the fight scenes are clumsily choreographed, the opening credits go on for far too long and you just don't care for any of the characters.
In regard to the special effects and make-up, they are pretty terrible here. The computer generated wolves manage to be both cheesy and stupid in design and manner and the red glaring contact lenses look dodgy and are more at home in a cartoon. While Renesmee as a baby looks so creepily fake that it is laughable, the be-headings are the equivalent of ripping the head of your favourite toy in a rage and the white greasepaint passing for make-up all looks blotchy and artificial. The closing moments are clichéd and reek of cheese as well, and the vampires are as far away from authentic as you could come. Overall, not the best or worst of the series, but for a saga finale it was underwhelming, where it had potential to go out on a bang it was more of a whimper.
4/10 Bethany Cox
The biggest cop out in the history of films. In what is possibly one of the worst franchises ever.You could have probably done this story in 2 films, if you would have cut out all the staring and moping about. But no, the directors were smart and literally went by the book in order to make more money out of the delusional teens who religiously follow the films. Is it watchable? Yes, there are a lot worse films out there, but does that stop it from being a bad film? No, it is slow, so slow a snail could complete a triathlon before you would finish watching the series of films. And as i said the ending was terrible; it must have been to avoid a flood destroying the world with all the nutcase teens crying like loonies. Ah well at least it's done now.
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