A lot of people I know have seen Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final episode of the Twilight Saga, and loved it. I thought I'd present a differing opinion. This review by Diana Beechener comes from the November 15 - November 21 issue of Bay Weekly, a paper based in Annapolis. (Copyrighted 2012 by New Bay Enterprises, Inc., and reprinted with permission.) Full disclosure: I have not seen the movie but, based on the earlier ones I endured, Diana's opinion is spot-on.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Our long national nightmare is ending. Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the final nail in this overwrought vampire-love story's coffin. The movie picks up where Part 1 left off, with a newly dead Bella (Kristen Stewart: Snow White and the Huntress) awakening as a vampire.
Now she's free to zoom around the forest and have super-strength sex with her husband Edward (Rob Pattinson: Cosmopolis). The only thing standing in her way is the evil Volturi clan, who believe that Edward and Bella have broken vampire law by turning out a child. Apparenly they didn't get the message that Edward and Bella are super-special snowflakes whose love is unparalled in any universe, meaning that they were the only vampire-human couple ever able to naturally conceive and birth a human-vampire child.
Now the couple must prepare for a vampire civil war and deal with the news that their dear friend, werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner), is in love with their baby daughter.
As the last in the simpering Twilight Saga, you can expect horrendous acting, ridiculous scripting, squealing teenage girls and their even creepier squealing mother. If you're going to buy a ticket to see this mess, there's nothing I can do to discourage you. But I implore movie goers who have managed to avoid the series so far to keep their streak going.
Prospects: Bloodless - PG-13 - 115 mins.
by Diana Beechener for Bay Weekly, the independent weekly newspaper of the Annapolis capitol region in print and online at www.bayweekly.com.
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