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Breaking Dawn Part 2 offers wonderful conclusion to Twilight series

Posted Friday, November 16, 2012, at 1:06 PM

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 gives fans of the Twilight series the fantastic finale they have been waiting for since they were first immersed in Stephanie Meyers world of vampires and werewolves in 2005. Based on the popular book series, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the exciting conclusion to the second half of Meyers last novel and tells the story of Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart) new life as a vampire, her faithful husband Edward Cullen's (Robert Pattison) quest to protect her and their new daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) and the complications that surface from having a werewolf friend in Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

The story picks up right where Part 1 left off with Bella awakening to her new life as a vampire. Bella adjusts to her heightened senses, her new abilities and of course her thirst for human blood. Bella and Edward are also adjusting to their lives as parents and the ever-growing fear that their time with their half-human, half-immortal child will be limited by Renesmee's unprecedented growth rate.

Seen by an enemy vampire and reported to the Volturi (the vampire equivalent of government), Edward, Bella and the rest of the Cullen clan set out to gather witnesses that the child is not a threat to vampires or humanity. Abandoned by Alice, who has the ability to see the future, and Jasper (Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone) Bella begins to realize that their fate is sealed as the Volturi will descend upon Forks to destroy them for creating an immortal child.

Eighteen vampires descend upon Forks to join the Cullen clan; each with their own vampire ability. However, it is discovered that Bella, the newborn, may have the greatest gift of all with the rare ability to shield herself from other vampire attacks. Bella learns to project her gift outward, and protect others not just herself thus becoming a valuable defensive weapon in the Volturi attack.

As a fan of the book series as well as the movies (except possibly the first film), I was always left wanting more as the end of the fourth book. What many have felt was Meyers failure becomes Director Bill Condon's playground, as he takes some liberties with the movie's finale that will leave fans breathless, broken and then cheering. At the heart of the movie continues to be Bella and Edward as it has been from the beginning and their impenetrable love for another as well as the love of the Cullen clan for each other and their willingness to go to the ends of the earth to protect one another.

The greatest challenge with book adaptations is that not every single detail can be included in the film, leaving fans crying foul. However, Condon and his team behind the pen of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have done a superb job of giving the movie pace, which the novel sometimes lacks, and including vital parts while excluding things that the fans will be able to live without.

If the film does something well that was lacking in previous films it is the use of chemistry between all the actors. After five years of working together, the actors have developed a wonderful rapport with another and it shows on screen. There are brilliant moments of comedy relief like Bella finding out that her werewolf friend and former love interest Jacob imprinted on her daughter Renesmee before she has even had a chance to hold her. The over protective mother reaction coupled with the other character reactions is a wonderful light moment despite the underlying emotional tension.

For all the criticism against Kristen Stewart, she continues to show her growth as an actress displaying wonderful emotional ranges. Dakota Fanning, Cameron Bright, and Michael Sheen all turn in wonderful supporting performances as members of the Volturi: Jane, Alec and Aro.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, sensuality and partial nudity.

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