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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

By KELLY CLARKE

The first Twilight hit theaters in 2008, a gentler time when fans of supernatural romance had less to choose from when it came to fanged and clawed eye candy. But nowadays, most people know what a “Sookie” is (not to mention were-panther sex). Even crap like Teen Wolf and Beauty & the Beast gets the reboot treatment. A little sparkle just doesn’t cut it in 2012. And maybe that’s why the last installment in this eternal love story feels so halfhearted and painfully plodding, like a Lifetime movie remake of itself. All Breaking Dawn Part 2 does is confirm that Edward and his family (newly undead bride Bella included) are one boring bunch of bloodsuckers. This time, the brood’s newest member—Edward and Bella’s vamp-human baby, Renesmee—is threatened by the evil masters of the undead, the Volturi. A handful of delicious moments come, as usual, from Michael Sheen, who plays villainous Volturi head Aro as a tittering, red-eyed mouse from crazy town with a Napoleon complex. As in past Twi-movies, he seems to be the only member of the cast not taking the convoluted plot or wooden dialogue at all seriously and therefore is awesome. Similar to Breaking Dawn Part 1, which was saved by an amazing vampire C-section scene, Part 2 is somewhat redeemed by a surprisingly clever and bloody third act that seems to gleefully incinerate whole chunks of writer Stephenie Meyer’s original plotline. Purists will be incensed (briefly) while the rest of us bored stiffs warm to the sight of multiple decapitations and an honest-to-goodness river of lava. But don’t worry—in the end there are eventually kisses. And love. Endless love. Put a stake in it already, will ya?

 
  • Genres: Romance, Thriller
  • Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Kristen Stewart [Bella], Robert Pattinson [Edward], Taylor Lautner [Jacob], Dakota Fanning [Jane]
  • Directed by: Bill Condon [Director], Melissa Rosenberg [Screenwriter]
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