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Sunday, November 25, 2012

[5.75/10] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)



Brief review: Let's face it, "The Twilight Saga" is cheesy stuff for teens. Thankfully though, after last year's nicely-shot, yet ultimately boring "Breaking Dawn Part 1", director Bill Condon manages to deliver the most watchable and reasonably entertaining entry in the popular series, since Catherine Hardwicke's guilty pleasure-ish original. It wouldn't be a lie if we call "Breaking Dawn Part 2" eventful, because there are more things happening in this installment alone, than all the other  four put together. Yes, the cheesy 'yawn' parts are still there, and but the plot is more intense, exciting, and tightly-paced than ever before, and the entertainment value is much higher. "Part 2" also introduces many new, mostly secondary characters, without feeling overcrowded, with Bella's daughter being at the center of attention. The final battle is epic, indeed, and certainly the biggest highlight of the movie, and the franchise in general. After shooting "Part 1", Bill Condon's love for the series has obviously grown, and that shows through his improved direction. He also adds the much needed slickness to the visuals, and therefore gives the film a much more polished look. Bella and Edward still lack a believable chemistry, despite the actor's real-life relationship. Pattinson continues to be stiff as a board, but at least Stewart finally displays some charisma, exposing a tougher, grittier side of her otherwise dull character.

Overall summary: All the typical cheesiness and some below-par acting aside, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" feels like a delicious dessert at the end of a mostly bad five-course meal - it's enjoyable, well crafted, and definitely better than its 3 lifeless predecessors.

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10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stewart is finally developing some depth as an actress? Better late than never.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, it's not her only decent performance. She did good in Welcome to the Rileys too.

Alex Jowski said...

I'm actually disappointed that this movie is getting decent reviews. From the cheesiness in the trailers I was hoping for "The Room" level of bad-movie fun.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I'm definitely not a Twilight fan, so I expected it to be a lot worse than it was. I kind of enjoyed it, I can't lie. :) The final battle was so freaking awesome!

Melissa Bradley said...

I can't believe you watched this mind numbing, IQ dropping garbage. They're not films, they're photo shoots. Pretty people stare endlessly at each other with some crap CGI thrown in. I'm glad it's all over. ;)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Someone told me this one is more action-oriented than the last one which makes it slightly more likely I'll watch it. Only slightly. I do like dessert though...

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, I'm not a fan of the franchise either, but I try to remain as open-minded as possible.

I enjoyed the first movie, and I kinda liked this one as well. :)

Otherwise, I agree.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maurice, yes, it is more action-packed than the previous three, and that makes it brisker and easier to watch.

I do too, though I'm currently on a diet. lol.

Jerry King said...

I enjoyed all the Twilight movies,

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Jerry, and I didn't. :)