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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Disadvantages: It's over :'(
It's certificate 12A which after seeing it I felt was appropriate, runs for 115 minutes (not including trailers).
Before seeing the film, I read the book also called Breaking Dawn, which covers both parts of the Breaking Dawn movies. It is a really long novel, and was extremely gripping, so I was looking forward to the film.
If you haven't seen it, I won't be giving any spoilers so worry not. There will be details of Breaking Dawn Part 1 so if you haven't seen that, don't read this!
However you really do need to have seen Breaking Dawn Part 1 in order to understand Part 2, as it picks up where the first movie left off. We see all the expected characters, though in my opinion there is much more of Bella and Edward and not very much at all of the other characters.
We begin with Bella, whom is now a vampire and has just awoken after being 'turned' and giving birth to a baby girl, Renesmee (Renee from Bella's mother, Esme from Edward's). Renesmee is half human and half vampire. Her heart beats (although differently to a normal human) and she has blood in her veins. However her growth is incredibly fast (she is literally a five year old within a few months) and can survive on human food and/or blood. She has the characteristics of a vampire, but appears more human than the other characters. She is a beautiful little girl with Bella's eyes. At the start of the movie, Bella has literally just awoken in her new form. She has to come to terms with the end of one life, and the beginning of her new one as an immortal. She has an unquenchable thirst and desire for human blood and an incredible strength that all newborn vampires have.
During the movie, Bella has to reveal herself and Renesmee to Charlie, her father. How will he react, will he notice? Will she be able to control her thirst? Will Renesmee? Trouble begins when Irina, Edward's cousin, spots Bella, Renesmee and Jacob playing and assumes Renesmee is an immortal child - something illegal in the vampire world, something so forbidden it requires the harshest of punishments. Irina runs straight to the Volturi where Aro decides he needs to intervene, and that his intervention means the Cullens must die - all of them. He will save only those whose gifts he desires. Will the clan suffer this dreadful fate? What can they do to stop Aro?
This film is just as amazing as it's predecessors, but much more gripping. I was literally on the edge of my seat for some parts. There are some brilliant comical moments with Charlie and Jacob, as well as Bella and Edward. These really help to bring the move alive. (Pardon the pun). The only downside for me is that we don't see a great deal of the other characters, even Jacob has a smaller role. The movie almost centers on Bella and Edward - which is fine as it really works, but it was a shame not to see more of the others. We do get a few prominent scenes with some of the characters though not all.
The level of acting is outstanding. Kristen Stewart (Bella) and Robert Pattinson (Edward) really come into their roles, their acting is so natural and believable. We also see some fantastic acting from Ashley Greene (Alice) and Michael Sheen (Aro). Whilst I think the acting has been brilliant throughout the saga, this final film will make you gasp, laugh and cry and that's not just from the storyline, simply from the believable acting. Pattinson in particular has some outstanding moments, and Sheen is oscar-worthy in a certain scene, you absolutely hate him whilst being shocked and upset at the same time!
What amazes me is the special effects. If you see Peter Facinelli (Carlisle) in other shows you will be gobsmacked at the transformation he goes under to become Carlisle - you'd never recognise him! There are a lot of subtle touches and a lot of special effects as you would expect - the wolves phasing from human to wolf, the vampires' speed and agility, Renesmee's rapid growth etc. all are seamless and believable, done very well indeed.
At the end of the film is a montage of all the characters featured in the five films - with the soundtrack song "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. The song is beautiful and goes so well with the montage. This really touched me, and it was nice to see a tribute to all the actors who had worked so hard to make these movies. It was beautiful and sad at the same time.
After the film I was in awe, shocked and overwhelmed. It's one of those films where you just go "wow" and have to take a minute to go through what has happened. I loved it so much I saw it twice! I am actually sad the series is over, because it was so brilliant and will be missed. The slogan "the epic finale that lives on forever" couldn't be more apt!
The only downside (sorry) is that it does lack a lot of stuff from the book. Without spoiling it, there is a major thing in the book that isn't even hinted at in the movie, all I will say is that it involves Jacob and his pack. In addition, some of the key things in the book have been left out of the movie or altered. It sometimes felt a bit rushed, but I suppose this cannot be helped. I wish I'd read the book after seeing the movie instead of before! It makes no real difference because the movie is amazing and you wouldn't know unless you'd read the book first, but it was a shame it couldn't have been put in, making it longer than 115 minutes (can you tell I never wanted it to end lol)
Summary: See it!!!!