Twilight series ends well

Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is highlight of mediocre saga

Christa Hester Dec 2, 2012

It was almost a year ago when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 made its appearance in theaters, much to the delight of rabid fans. Tension was high at the end of part one when Bella, after giving birth to her half-human, half-vampire child, was finally turned into a member of the undead by her glittery and brooding husband.

This November, fans waited with bated breath for the fifth and final installment of the series. Breaking Dawn: Part 2 opened in theaters Nov. 16 and made a killing of $71.2 million in the box office on its opening day, according to boxofficemojo.com.

In this installment, the Volturi — the power-hungry arm of vampire law — come after Bella and her daughter, Renesmee, under the guise of protecting the secrecy of their species. Thinking that Renesmee is dangerous, the Volturi plan to kill her and use Alice, another vampire, and her long-sought-after powers for their own devious means.

If anything can be said for this installment of the Twilight series, it’s that it certainly catered to its fans. As in the book, when Bella becomes a vampire, she is much less whiny, and she finally seems to come into her own. In fact, she acknowledges this when she remarks in one scene that she “was born to be a vampire.”

Edward is the same as ever: brooding, moody, and extremely pale. Jacob is also unchanged: still a wolf, and still overprotective. In fact, every character except Bella remains largely stationary. It makes sense that this installment would focus on Bella’s transformation, but expecting Kristen Stewart to carry the entire movie is ludicrous; the actress is just not up to the task.

Stewart seems unable to make her character more interesting, despite the added ability to run fast, climb things at lightning speed, glitter in the sun, and drink human blood. She needs to learn that long stares and twitching brows are not the only way to emote.

There is a lot of seemingly unnecessary dialogue in the movie as well. Many scenes consisted of the main characters standing around the Cullens’ living room, deciding what to do about this dilemma or that. For the purposes of the movie, this much exposition wasn’t needed. In fact, its only apparent purpose was to please viewers who were loyal readers of Stephanie Meyer and couldn’t wait to hear each line from the books played out onscreen.

But despite Stewart’s acting and the superfluous dialogue, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is still one of the best Twilight movies, mostly because changes actually happen in this installment. Bella now has a baby, Volturi drama ensues, and vampires from all around the world flock to the Cullens’ home.

Unlike Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn: Part 1, all of which seem to deal largely with Bella pining after Edward and whining over the fact that she’s human, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 has an actual story line and doesn’t center around one teen’s mood swings.

Although the movie — and the entire series — was not my cup of tea, it was no doubt satisfying to long-time fans of the book and movie series. Overall, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is sure to go down in the annals of history as a good end to a mediocre series.