The final installment of the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2, adapted from Stephenie Meyer's novels, opens tomorrow to a very eager fan audience. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are enjoying their new life, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens - together with any allies they can assemble - are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 15-year-old Raven Devanney, admits that she's never been a huge Twilight fan but found herself with new respect for this series now, even to the point of contemplating reading the books. Her review follows.
Twilight, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2
by Raven Devanney, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
This dramatic ending concludes the tale of Bella and Edward on their journey, defying the odds of love.
I have never really been a fan of the Twilight series, never read any of the books or waited in line at the midnight premieres. I’m not a huge fan of dairy products, and this series contains an awful lot of cheese. But food jokes aside, I didn’t completely dislike this film. Don’t get me wrong there were definitely some parts that were way too dramatic, but overall I would say this is by far the best film in the Twilight Saga. The cinematography and special effects weren’t anything different from the previous films, so I think they were pretty well done. However, I was very confused when I saw Renesmee. I couldn’t tell if she was real or not because she looked so computer edited.
I also have a problem with Bella’s makeup in the opening scene. This movie picked up right where it left off and in the last film, the final scene was Bella lying on the table after she gave birth. When this movie started, it was Bella waking up on the table two days after the birth of her daughter. But her makeup and hair was perfect. If she had been unconscious for two days how would she have on spotless makeup? Another detail that I noticed that didn’t seem right was Edward and Bella’s new home. Who made it? And who could design, build and furnish an entire home in only two days? I pretty sure vampires don’t have super-human-carpenter powers. One last visual detail that was weird for me was Renesmee’s room. When you first see it, it’s a nursery, but then a day or two later it’s completely different and completely refurbished. How on earth do the Collins afford to refurbish their homes every week?!
I can’t say I have a favorite character because the acting done by each character is a little far fetched. I understand that the storyline itself is far from realistic, but I feel like all of the actors over-play their roles. I do have a favorite scene though. The final battle scene completely shocked me, and made me actually enjoy the movie. I haven’t read the books so I had no idea what to expect, but I got completely sucked into it. I watched this film with my friend who isn’t a Twilight fan either, but her and I were squealing in shock during the ending scene. After the movie I felt like such a nerd because I got so into the film, but in all honesty I actually enjoyed it. No, I will not become a Twi-hard fan now, but I do have a lot more respect for this series now. And I’m thinking about reading the books.
This film is the most violent and sexual out of the whole series so I recommend it for ages 13 and up. Obviously if you’re a huge Twilight fanatic, you’re going to see this movie no matter what anybody else tells you. And if you completely despise the movies (which I’m sure some of you probably do) you’re not going to see the film no matter what you're told. But if you’re in the neutral category of loving/hating Twilight like I am, give it a shot and you might actually be surprised. Overall I give Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 - 4 out of 5 stars because it definitely surpassed my expectations.