Twilight saga sparkles for the last time
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 00:11
Thursday night, Twihards around the world were glued to their theater seats as they watched the final installment of the Twilight saga: “Breaking Dawn- Part 2.” Then the credits rolled, and reality sunk in—that was the last time they would ever see Bella and Edward frolic lovingly together in a field of flowers.
Part two opens with Bella’s transition from human to vampire. The opening moments reveal what the world looks like through the eyes of a vampire. Suddenly the dust particles in the air become clear, and the spider spinning its web in the forest can be noticed from a lengthy distance. This part provides some decent moments in the world of special effects, although sometimes the effects tilted more to the cheesy side. The worst moment for special effects, however, is undoubtedly the creepy computer generated baby, Renesmee. The child is obviously fake and looks just plain weird in the arms of the actors on screen.
Speaking of the baby, the most humorous aspect of the movie comes from the relationship between Renesmee and Jacob Black. In “Breaking Dawn- Part 1,” Jacob imprints on little Renesmee, which means that he will be whatever he needs to be for her. So, when she is a child, he will be like an older brother to her. As she grows older, that fraternal care will turn into romantic love. Jacob will see no other women—only her. That is all kinds of awkward.
This movie stacked up surprisingly well against the previous four films with an overall acting improvement from the cast. Kristen Stewart is, well, Kristen Stewart. Her acting has not gotten much better from the first to the final film. She constantly looks awkward, though she has a few endearing moments with her onscreen daughter. Robert Pattinson does the best that he can with this particular role; he pulls off the character of a lovesick blood sucker with easy believability. Taylor Lautner, of course, takes his shirt off in the movie, and that is obviously the highlight from that actor. The standouts come from the members of the Volturi who all are subtly terrifying and intimidating without overacting. Michael Sheen gives a flawless portrayal of Aro, the leader of the Voluturi.
The best part of the whole movie was the surprising twist at the end. Don’t worry, I won’t give it away. I have read the books, and I definitely didn’t see it coming. Overall, the movie was decent, and fans of the series will be pleased with the final installment. For me personally, the highlight of the entire event was the teaser for “Catching Fire” during the previews.