There are TWIHARDS and, then, there are unbelievers, haters and can't-be-bothered. I must say that I belonged to the later group for the books. To make sure I knew what I was saying, I read all four books. Of course, one mustn't compare books to movies. So, I tried to have a more open mind and a different take on the movies.
There were plenty of good reviews on this movie on twitter, facebook, youtube, etc. I just had to watch it!
Follow the jump for my review...
I had to drag the boyfriend to watch this. There was a lot of resistance from his part as he knew that it was built on cheesy-ness galore. I promised him that there was a good boy sequence towards the later part of the movie (based on the books).
SPOILERS START HERE!!!
The story started just where the last movie (Breaking Dawn, part 1) left off. But this came right after the incredibly drawn out opening credits. I understand that this is the last movie so they wanted to make sure that everyone was in it. Anyhow, when Bella wakes up, we see what she sees as a vampire. She hunts immediately. And, kills a cougar over bambi. I was hoping she'd kill bambi as big wild cats are endangered. 1 for vampire, 0 for wildlife conservation.
She returns to the house for her baby, which has now grown to about a few months in two days. Fast-growing baby was "imprinted" by Jacob, our shirtless werewolf. Bella throws a fit, possibly as disgusted at it as the boyfriend and I were. I had to explain to the boyfriend what imprinting was, even as the movie reasoned it out on screen. The boyfriend shook his head. There was no way in hell that this would be okay.
"So, Jacob dated the mom and now the daughter?" he said.
"Yeah. But he didn't get father than first base with the mom," I retorted. But to no avail.
Some artistic love scene followed, to which the boyfriend approved. I liked it too. Overall, this scene was very sweet and loving. The "fireworks" layering part was surprising. I understand that this was made in this way for the younger audience. But I was thinking that it was wilder than this as they are both vampires now. There's still no yearning, no hunger. There were more of that in the part one.
Love established, and werewolf acceptance aside, the movie goes into its final conflict. Irina, another vampire, spots Bella's daughter, Renesmee or Nessie (I hope to the gods that no one uses this name in real life). The presence of Renesmee was reported to the Volturi, the reigning vampire coven, as an immortal child. As we all know, assumptions based on poor research leads to trouble. It was explained by the movie (possibly because the script writer couldn't take all the plot holes anymore) explained that the Volturi, lead by Aro, was dead-set on getting Alice as a part of their coven. Thus, they will take any reason whatsoever to destroy the Cullen coven. Okay, check.
While the Cullens gather vampires from all over (which isn't much because let's face it, the writer of the book doesn't really know culture - let alone her own, but we'll get to that), Alice and Jasper disappears to somewhere unknown. Bella was left with a note, which she was able to trace to another secret note that leads her to J. Jenks. She meets with him in her new wardrobe that is better than ever, and learns that she must surrender Renesmee to Jacob. The plan was for the two to flee just in case bad things go to worse.
Surprisingly, Bella's motherly instincts didn't really kick-in. She resigns herself very quickly to the fact that she needs to let her daughter go. I think this is an important sequence that was left out, especially since the book and movie's theme of motherhood equals power should have been all encompassing.
Moving on, Team Cullen and Team Volturi faces off at a frozen lake. The best sequence in the whole 5 movie-4 books happens. And, then...
... I blacked out. I couldn't believe it. Just when you think that this story is showing promise, it was taken away. Actually, this climactic moment wasn't even in the books. It was mentioned, but in a few sentences or two (if I recall correctly).
There were a few more minutes of scenes and then an extended end credits. But I just wasn't interested. Remembering the cop-out makes me uninterested in writing this now.
I have written about choices before in my review of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. That, perhaps, is the most disappointing part of the whole series. *sigh*
Okay, there are more things that I should say, but I'm just not interested at this point. Over all, the movie was entertaining...