The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Based on: Stephenie Meyer‘s book
Sequel to: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Sheen, Christopher Heyerdahl, Jamie Campbell Bower, Mackenzie Foye, Maggie Grace, Dakota Fanning, MyAnna Buring, Rami Malek, Joe Anderson, and for me most importantly Lee Pace
Bella (Kristen Stewart) survived the birth of her daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) and is quickly adapting to having become a vampire like Edward (Robert Pattinson). But the arrival of a half-human, half-vampire child causes quite a few ripples in the vampire community. And when the Volturi hear about it, they believe that Bella and Edward turned a human child into a vampire – a capital offense they will make sure will be punished.
Well, it is over. I think that is about the best one can say about this. But they manage to have basically nothing happen in the movie at all (though they did force some action in, and quite cleverly I might add) and to not resolve anything, really. And I think that if you haven’t read the books, the whole thing only makes a limited amount of sense. At least, with 3/4 of a rum bottle I shared with C. during the film, it was quite entertaining.
The whole imprinting business is still icky as hell. Bella has the right reaction at first at least, but after her initial “you’re fucking kidding me, right” disgust, the entire thing is dropped and barely mentioned again. (Apart from the fact that they mention that the other half-human, half-vampire guy was grown up within seven years. So, if all goes well for Jacob [Taylor Lautner], he only has to wait until Renesmee is seven until he can fuck her. Yay!)
But it is hard to blame the movie for that. They were just sticking to the source material. The same goes for the utter ridiculousness of Alice’s and Jasper’s disappearance.
At least the wolves looked better this time round. And the supporting cast was great, mostly. Especially Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning were pretty damn great. And Lee Pace should be in every movie ever anyway. Joe Anderson was tragically underused, though. And generally all this random vampire collecting should have been just left out of the movie in its entirety.
My favorite moments in this film where, a)
Bella: “Physically I feel strong, but mentally I feel drained.”
Me: “It’s what you call being dumb.”
and b) the kick that was already shown in the trailer where Edward basically throws Bella’s foot into the bad guy’s face. Which is just the perfect summary for the entirety of this series: For once, she gets to do something, but only propelled and directed by Edward.
Summarising: I’m glad I had enough alcohol with me this time.