Let’s just get this out of the way: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the best of the series. While previous installments are purely fan enjoyment, the films helmed by Bill Condon have a broader appeal thanks in part to actually being well-crafted, enjoyable fare. While Part 1 dealt with less intense issues – like a beautiful wedding, honeymoon, and unplanned pregnancy – Part 2 has the exciting task of wrangling up a crew of misfit vampires for an epic battle to save the Cullen clan from the Volturi’s merciless ruling on an inaccurate charge. Given the quickened plot and action, it’s no wonder that this is the best Twilight, books and films included.
Opening with Bella’s new transformation, Condon utilizes clever tricks to show just how she’s changed. The strength, the vision, the clarity, and her unique power all come across beautifully without the cheese and heavy-handedness that was present in earlier Twilights. While the Cullens were supposed to have this unnatural beauty to them throughout the series, it’s Bella that gets the glamourous undead existence. Hair and makeup, lighting, and direction all come together to make Kristen Stewart the belle of the ball – every shot is a glamour shot, even in the midst of battle.
Unfortunately, this movie wants to have it’s action and happy ending too which diminishes some of the tension in the last act. But, it does its fan service by giving Bella and Edward their moment in the sun, set to the perfect song for the situation “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Even those who were staunchly on Team Jacob might find themselves happy with the ending.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters today.