It’s hard to know where to start with this film. Ever since I read the whole series of books nearly three years ago, I have been anticipating how Breaking Dawn would be brought to the big screen. There were just so many factors to think about… How would Bella look as a vampire? Would she make the amazing transformation from wet teenager to a very powerful and beautiful vampire? What would Renesmee look like and how could they make her age so dramatically in such a short space of time? As you have probably figured out, I am a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and this; the final film is the one I have practically been wetting myself over. People can call me what they wish – an excitable teenage girl etc etc (I probably am) but both the books and films have a genuine power that can turn even the most butch (ahem) of men into blithering idiots.
To fully appreciate this film especially, you need to have read the book. Hordes of people – people that all feel as passionate about Edward and Bella’s journey gathered together to see this screening of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and it’s a wonderful thing. There is so little opportunity for people to unite over a mutual love that when it does happen it is just magical. As the opening titles came up, there was a gentle murmur of excitement and everybody sat transfixed, wanting to inhale every last bit of this rather emotional farewell.
For those of you who do not know the story, Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) – the protagonist of the series has just been transformed into a vampire by her husband, Edward (Robert Pattinson) after dying during a very difficult childbirth. Their daughter, Renesmee (odd name I know but it’s a combination of both parent’s mother’s Christian names so I guess you’ve got to let them have it) is a vampire/ human hybrid that grows at an alarming speed. As Bella gets used to the new her, having non-threatening sex with Edward, learning her best friend, werewolf Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner) has imprinted on Renesmee (a specific wolf term for soul-mates – nothing creepy he promises) and telling her father Charlie that she has changed but it’s best he doesn’t know just how, everything seems to have worked out how she always wanted. That is until Edward’s cousin, Irina (Maggie Grace) sees Renesmee and makes a premature judgement which sets about a catastrophic chain of events, involving the all-imposing and rather frightening Volturi – the higher powers of the vampire world. The Cullen family set about acquiring witnesses as to Renesmee’s true nature, bringing delighted fans a whole assortment of different vampires from various cultures and with many an intriguing capability.
This film really will satisfy Twilight fans. In many cases, films do not live up to the books they originated from but not here. Robert Pattinson is his usual mysterious, beautiful self, albeit without the tortured soul we saw in the previous films. The rest of the cast are great and it is an absolute treat seeing new clans of vampires with powers such as manipulating the elements and causing others to hallucinate. Mackenzie Foy is a relative newcomer and doesn’t really do much in her role as the young Renesmee but fits the aesthetic bill from the book. Really though, this is Kristen Stewart’s film. She plays the new Bella with a fierce determination, never before seen in her other roles and admittedly I was very apprehensive as to whether she could pull it off but she does, and more. Gone is the teen angst and whimpering: it is truly as though she has grown into a confident, young woman.
One thing I am dying to talk about is the twist but for obvious reasons I shall not. All I will say is that it happens during the epic fight scene and it is vital for you to have read this book to understand. People were literally screaming and cursing at the screen (me included) when it happened and I felt close to vomiting and weeping at the same time. Yes, it is that shocking and incredible.
The final scene and outgoing credits amazingly sum up the entire saga and remind fans of how wonderful Edward and Bella’s journey has been, making it (in my opinion) quite possibly the best Twilight film. You need to see this immediately please.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is out now in the UK.]]>