Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (a.k.a. end of the Twilight Saga!)

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I'm not a Twihard.

I did enthusiastically read the Twilight books a couple of times (except that terrible joke of a 4th novel) and I did see every movie on its opening weekend.  But I wouldn't say it held the fervor for me that Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings ever did.  (HOLY COW, I'm so pumped for the first Hobbit film!)

But I did go check out the final film installment of Twilight this past weekend, because it felt the right thing to do after the time and energy I invested into the series at some point.  And since the 4th movie was my favorite in the series, I had some glimmer of hope this one wouldn't be a total wash.

Well, the first 30 minutes were so cheesy and ridiculous, my poor boyfriend was already squirming.  He hadn't watched the previous films, and he told me not to wake him up unless he was snoring.  Noted.

There was definitely some silly stuff, and the buildup felt slow.  I think they did a good job of transitioning with Bella as a vampire... but like the stupid 4th book, this movie was a lot of talking and people obsessing over Renesmee.

That is, until the big plot twist.  For real, folks, there's a lot of gratuitous vampire decapitation happening.  But I'm not going to spoil it for you, just know that in the end the movie totally redeems itself.

Well, aside from ignoring the logical ending and proceeding with a cheesy flashback montage of the entire saga.  I think the final movies were my favorites of the series in the end, even though the book was a flop in that regard.  If you're a fan of the series, go see this movie!

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