The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn - Part 2 2012

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Breaking Dawn is the fourth instalment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series, split into two parts.

Starring:
Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz
Director Bill Condon
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Studio Summit Entertainment
Rental release 11 March 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Anna Kendrick, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz
Director Bill Condon
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Studio Summit Entertainment
Rental release 11 March 2013
Main languages English

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Having read the books, I was very interested to see what would be cut from the film as there is no way that everything could be included. Quite a bit of Bella's intial reactions to the transformation were lost and this was a wrench for me. However it was obvious this would have to be sacrificed to the running storyline. It was no surprise to see that most of the interaction with J Jenks was cut. I knew that the anti-climax ending of the book would not translate well in film-makers terms so was expecting something different... I will not spoil things but they did it brilliantly. I know that when I watched this in the cinema, the second time, I was thrilled by the reactions of the audience... the shock elements were so fantastic, characters' fates and the action sequences elicited actual physical reactions from the viewers! And it still does when watching on a smaller screen... although the bigger the better with this part of the film.
My only negative... but to me quite a huge negative... was the music. Although the movie score itself was as high quality as previous films, the choice of accompanying tracks was extremely disappointing and seriously hampered the film's ability to capture every nuance. It was probably a disappointment made worse by the fact that the music choices in the previous films were so brilliant... different flavours but each film retaining a musical sense of self. This one doesn't and it really grates on me every time I watch. If I could turn off those songs, I could enjoy this much more, although the story doesn't disappoint at all.
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Format: Blu-ray
From a casual fan of the films who hasn't read the influential novels, I can honestly say I got to the end of this film and felt utterly satisfied with the way they'd wrapped up the series.
The film starts as it means to go on - with likeable characters playing on the character traits and rivalries that have fuelled the films so far, and occasional surprises and outbursts of drama. Bella's initial exploration of her new way of life is exciting and fascinating, handled with a good attention to detail and how she feels. But the meat of the story is about how her new family inflicts change on all those around them and eventually how that threatens everyone's way of life.
The dramatic tension is a peak levels, as we meet a host of enjoyable new vampires (although the wolves play very little part in this movie), new skills and flashy abilities are showcased, and battle threatens...
Kristen Stewart takes to her enhanced role like a starving carnivore who's finally been let loose on a steak, suiting it to the ground. Pattinson gets to show a wide variety of layers and clearly enjoys himself, and Lautner gets to play a more gentle/fatherly role than normal and seems to have more fun doing so.
Most of the cast stretch themselves more than before to some degree, with Michael Sheen showing a particular flash of creepy brilliance during the climax.
And that climax? The film puts on a hell of a show, and while I understand it's different from the book, it gives film fans the emotional catharsis they need, while still managing to wrap up the film in a charming and sensitive way. While the director plays with the audience a little, it's a justifiable move and it suits the tone of the films, leaving you with a warm hug of an ending that makes you believe you'll genuinely miss this charming little series. Full marks.
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Format: Blu-ray
As any Twilight fan, I wanted to love Breaking Dawn Part 1. And I'm sorry for loyalist Twilight fans who are sometimes blinded by their passion for the franchise, but it was a pretty horrible movie. I think what happened here was, Condon put all of his Ace's into Part 2, and I'm actually quite pleased. It was a weight of my shoulders to have Part 2 almost erase Part 1.

I'm not going to review the film, people already know the deal.

Difference between the book and the films?

So, for people who have read the book, it's pretty obvious that the fight scene is just an elaboration of Alice's vision that she showed to Aro. Obviously, because the third "book" of Breaking Dawn is back to Bella's POV, we have no way of being able to see what the vision would be like. And I like that fact that this happened in the films. It was nice to see how it would of played out. It was obviously a lie, but It was a fun to watch lie, and I liked it. Even though I knew it was just Alice's vision even before I watched the film, I was deeply saddened by the deaths anyway. Seth dying in the vision has to be one of the saddest moments on Twilight. Not only how he dies, but the fact Seth is probably the "purest soul" in the whole franchise (backed up by Edward).

Conclusion?

Part 2 saved the awfulness that was Part 1.

And for people who claim to be "Twihards" who haven't read the books, you really don't have a grasp on the canon. You NEED to read the books. As a fan, I just hate when people claim to love something but don't wan't to find every possible thing they can about it. The books are so much better than the films. I still think overall that the films did an amazing job, but they don't touch the level on the books.

READ THE BOOKS IF YOU HAVENT
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