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After four long years, The Twilight Saga’s conclusion has finally arrived with Breaking Dawn – Part 2, undoubtedly the best out of all of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire films.

I will be one to say that four years ago I was hopelessly devoted to this fandom. But over the years, as the books lost their magic and the movies paled in comparison to their prospective novels, I lost interest. I had to, of course, see the heart-wrenching finale to one of the series that acquainted me with the wonderful world of literature. I was pleasantly surprised; Breaking Dawn was fast-paced, cleverly written, and had remarkable effects which contrasted grandly to those we saw four years ago in the first Twilight movie.

Luckily Bella had been already transformed at the start of this movie—though it would’ve been more interesting to see the process—and we could bear to look at her, whereas in Part One she was fixed up to look like some starving methamphetamine addict. Baby Renesmee was obviously CGI, but actress Mackenzie Foy was able to breathe life into Renesmee’s character once she was introduced. Everyone else was considerably more attractive as well, including the slimmer and more clean cut Jacob Black.

As always, the Cullens’ vampire abilities are almost comical—since when can vampires fly?—and Bella looks like a little too fairy-princess as she leaps off of cliffs and bounds through the forest. There were moments here and there which triggered some rolling of my eyes, such as the grace with which Renesmee seems to divinely float up while she catches a snowflake for Bella or the tacky and scripted lines between Edward and Bella—although these I expected after reading the book. I looked forward to seeing the arm-wrestling match with Emmett and Jacob’s strip tease for Charlie, which proved to be enormously funny.

The movie remained true to the book—a disappointment for some, like me, who knew how the saga would end and found themselves utterly frustrated after reading the last book. However, the fight scene in the movie was extraordinary, complete with head-ripping, unique camera angles, and it even wrought a few screams from the audience as it ensued. But then came the moment when I wanted to drop everything I had and walk out of the theater: there had been no fight. Alice was merely showing Aro what could happen.

This a-ha moment caused a rise from the audience as well: most were shouting indignantly at the screen with raised fists. Because after those fifteen minutes of edge-of-your-seat thrill, it was only a dream?

I can understand what was going through producers’ minds when they created this scene: They want to see a bloodbath, but they also want a happy ending. The thing with filmmaking, however, is that you can’t do both. I could hardly pay attention to the rest of the movie because all of my emotion had been expended, and even Bella and Edward’s garish happy ending seemed childish to me after experiencing that vampire battle.

The truth is that most great movies of the past have deaths that stand for something and these tragic moments serve to wring emotion out of fans. Twilight lacked heroic deaths and its superficial ending was disappointing. We will never admit it, but we fans enjoy having our hearts ripped out, because it makes a series worth reading or watching.

Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was a significant improvement from previous films, and it truly isn’t the fault of producers that Meyer decided on this terrible ending for her saga. But we can all agree on this: at long last, this is the end of Twilight, and these heated vampire-versus-werewolf disputes can finally be put to rest—for good.

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  • Tomas

    BD Part 2 is absolutely amzing. There was nothing wrong with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    I have to say, I agree with you. I am too, like you, a once-passionate fan. I read all the books before the movies came out and I had enjoyed them. I also loved the first movie. Then, when the following movies came out, partly because I found them terrible and partly because I realized that the story itself wasn’t really all that amazing (I also discovered that, to me, the books have 0 reread value), I lost interest big time. But I have to say that, all in all, I did like this movie. It was an improvement because it doesn’t feel overlong like the previous ones, that had to spread a minimal amount of story into 2 hours+ to make the fans happy (SEE NEW MOON). I even like the twist in the end: it makes the movie more dynamic and it forwards the plot in a neat way, in my opinion. The only thing that really put me off was CGI Renesmee. Seriously, WHY bother making a CGI baby if it just looks creepy and unrealistic?!

    • Tomas

      I don’t know… Maybe because millions of other people DO love how she looks? The CGI was amazing, you try to do it better

      • mike

        is that your counter strike? Millions? and do it better? First of all, not millions, and it is obvious that it was fake! Look at the gollum, 10 years ago and still made a better CGI character that the baby!

      • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

        i think the cgi wasn’t that bad it looked pretty real to me

  • Geeky Velma

    I can not express how much we are on the same wave length about this! After seeing the movie, I turned to my friend and said ” I really wished that fight scene was really” and she looked horrified. After it was revealed that it was fake, I just zoned out like I did with the book. The bad guys got to walk away and kept doing what they were doing. All I can be happy with is that it is over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1839141121 Kevin Seurs

    I agree with you for the most part, but “cleverly written”? Come on… And the effects were indeed remarkable, but not in a good way.
    2 years ago, I too was a twihard, but then I grew up and got to know what real film making is and The Twilight Saga is a complete mess when it comes to the artisticness of film making. I can’t dispute with people about the story being good or not, that’s a matter of opinion, but it just seems that whenever you say that the films are horrible (which they are), all those twihards unleash their rage on you.
    Unlike many others it seems, I disliked Eclipse the least. I still thought BD2 was utterly boring and the fight scene wasn’t that impressively done in my opinion, not to mention that big “twist”.

  • Jane V

    We will never admit it, but we fans enjoy having our hearts ripped out, because it makes a series worth reading or watching. – SO TRUE.

  • Ra

    Cheat! That fake fight scene..sigh and the cgi baby was really bad.

  • kitster_kosh

    I like twilight. I still do, but easily see where you are coming from. Stephenie Meyer actually does have some strengths in writing–she’s fantastic at appealing to her target audience and writing emotion, I even like most her characters– but when it comes to plot and theme, she’s fails.

    Unfortunately her strengths don’t translate well to the screen, while her weaknesses are blaring.

    It still amazes me how she got so big when so many other more talented writers don’t even get a glance.

    • Anon

      I agree. I don’t think she’s a terrible writer (She is famous, after all, and I loved The Host) but some of her decisions with Twilight bothered me.

  • kitster_kosh

    I also loved the twist at the end. When the book came out, my friend and I kept complaining that someone needed to die because the story felt too happy…and there wasn’t enough at stake, especially when none of the “good guys” had really died in the previous books.

    I usually don’t like comparing fandoms, BUT, Harry Potter was great because you knew Jo wasn’t afraid to kill her characters if it made the story better. And a lot of characters actually died. Same with The Hunger Games.

    • Enelya

      Someone did die.

      • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

        Yeah. It had sooo much impact that NO (ok, some people do, but we’re the minority) one remembers her. She wasn’t even on the good side or a main character.

  • finnbleau

    My question to all of you is why do you expect everything to be so perfect all the time. In my opinion, as we are all entitled to have one, how grateful I am to Stephanie Meyer for sharing with us her creativity in writing these books. It was a wonderful story we all began to love from page one. Then the movies started to come and one by one we started to pick apart how bad or good they were. Each movie came with a different director and creative difference. Ms. Meyer had a hand in making sure they were done the way she saw fit, how she wanted HER characters to be portrayed on the screen and for that I am grateful. It is one thing to say you did or did not like the movies. But its plain critical and harsh to downplay someones creative talent simply because its not the way you would have done it. These movies were a beautiful part of history and I am honored to be apart of it. Twilight forever. All judging and harsh critics please apply somewhere else and leave us fans to the devotion of what we love. Twilight!

    • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

      well said my friend

    • ZofTheTwiHard

      I hear you, bro. As Owen Gleiberman said on EW, “Whatever you think of the Twilight films (to varying degrees, I enjoyed all five of them), it has always struck me as extreme that they were ever subjected to so much vitriolic hatred.”
      I love all the movies. I love how Bella and Edward were portrayed by Rob and Kristen. And that’s all that matters, really.
      May The Saga Live Forever.

  • Rose

    The whole Twilight series was amazing. Will miss it.

  • Maren

    It seems most of the people here are ex-fans of the twilight series and so am I. I did love the books when I read them 4 years ago and I still think they’re a nice read – as long as you don’t think too hard about them or take them too seriously. That being said I think I can go on talking about the movie.

    I actually liked the way the ending was done – considering what happened (or didn’t happen) in the book this seems possibly the best way to still adopt it for the big screen in an interesting way.
    One of my friends was actually so shocked during the fight scene that she almost wanted to leave the cinema because she was afraid the writers hadn’t stuck to the book, and imagine her relief when she discovered it was all just a vision. Even though I had been spoilered before seeing the movie so I wasn’t surprised at all, I can imagine this is the effect the writers wanted this scene to have on people – and it obviously worked. So well done, I think!

    All in all I agree that this was the best movie of the series. Or, to be quite honest, the only really bearable one. The make up was still really crappy, and the acting of the main actors was ridiculous most of the time. (Except for the scene when Bella shouts abuse at Jacob for calling Renesmee “Nessie, that was REALLY good, actually!) But I saw a big improvement. And now I can finally make my peace with this part of my life and go back to obsessing over other things.

  • @love_yourself

    I have to say I don’t agree with you I enjoyed that ending and I love happy endings such as that one and I believe that all of the twilight’s were awesome! And everything about that movie was crazy good :)

    • ZofTheTwiHard

      Exactly. I’m one of those people who HATES when characters die. And that doesn’t make me like the book more. That’s probably why I love Twilight. Because no one dies. At least there’s hope that not everything ends.
      And the battle scene not being real? THAT was the best thing I have ever seen. Well, I was there for 12 hours, as was the whole auditorium, so we were hooked.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    i enjoyed the movie i really liked bella in this movie i thought it was cute how they did the flash backs i kinda wish there was more older characters and charlie i love him other wise pretty decent movie now we have the dvd to look forword to

  • ZofTheTwiHard

    I loved it to bits, I just can’t bear to watch the end… because it’s the end. I, for one, loved the vision. Coolest thing I ever saw. And “the tacky and scripted lines between Edward and Bella” – that sentence itself is so tacky! Damn. As if you actually read the script.
    Just these misunderstandings, especially when it comes to Twilight, make me think that all this world does is really judge the book by the cover.

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