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Can it be? Can the sparkles have finally come to an end....?
Summit / 115 Minutes / 2012 / Rated PG-13 / Street Date: March 2, 2013
Breaking Dawn is a giant, bloated novel, and the idea of splitting it into two parts certainly made an extra billion dollars or so for Summit (good thinking!), but even compared to the mundanity of the first three Twilight movies, both Part 1 and Part 2 as movies feel interminably long. Merged into one 2+ hour movie, it might have had a bit less fat to it, but even most Twi-hards would attest that this final novel entry in the saga is its weakest link, and its five hours of respective film is even worse.
For viewers who weren’t willing to go out in public and buy a ticket to see Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (I completely understand), our tale begins with Bella (Kristen Stewart) having become a full-fledged vampire. If the first half of Stephenie Meyer’s tale was about her and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson’s) child literally attempting to kill her from the inside out, this sequel focuses on how to vampire world at large disapproves of baby Renesmee and how her mudblood presence upsets the human/vampire balance.
I’ll give director Bill Condon one tepid round of applause, though. In theaters, he was able to infuse Breaking Dawn, Part 2’s finale with a feat of trickery that thrilled Twi-hards… after riling them up to the point of exacerbated screams at the screen. I won’t give away specifics – the blogosphere is jam-packed with discussion about it if you’re interested – but for about two or three minutes toward the end of Part 2, it almost seems as though Condon and company have peed in the pool of the Twilight franchise.
But rest assured, Twi-hards, that even if there’s a long moment where you literally can’t believe what’s happening in front of your eyes, Condon atones wonderfully, zipping right back into alignment with his source material in wonderfully effective fashion. In short: the Gods and Monsters helmer gives Breaking Dawn, Part 2 a climax it never really had in book form. And it ends up being the single moment in the movie that actually resonates – the rest of the thing hovers in mopey ennui, making even the most forgiving Twilight aficionados wondering whether it was all worth it if this was the way everything was going to turn out.