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Breaking Dawn 2 

★ ★ ★

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz. Written by Stephanie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg. Directed by Bill Condon. Produced by Bill Bannerman, Wyck Godfrey, Stephanie Meyer, Mark Rogen and Karen Rosenfelt

Twilight fans everywhere are both excited and saddened by the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, as it marks the fifth and final movie in the franchise. What should make them particularly gleeful, though, is the fact that this film satisfies the wishes of the viewer on almost every level – and indulges in every fantasy that fans have wished for since the very first movie, everything from Bella (Stewart) being a vampire to Jacob (Lautner) going shirtless to an epic battle scene involving vampires, wolves and the Volturi.

The film opens with Bella waking up from being transformed into a vampire and learning how to control and deal with the power and hunger that she's been provided. Her and Edward are finally at ease, able to care for their newborn child together and not worry about having to defend themselves. That is, until word gets out that their child, Renesmee, is an immortal, which brings the Volturi to claim her and arrest the entire Cullen family. They form an alliance and extend all of their resources in an attempt to protect themselves and Renesmee, and eventually come head-to-head with their greatest fear.

It's a relief to see Stewart and Pattinson more relaxed and comfortable with each other, coming a long way from the stilted dialogue and stalker-like stares at each other we got so used to seeing in the earlier films. They even go so far as to have some fun with each other, and humor is more prevalent than one would expect – there are several scenes where Bella accidentally harms her husband with her newfound abilities (that are much stronger than his).

Most of the teenage melodrama is eliminated as well, due to the fact that there's no longer a love triangle between them and Jacob, and the three of them interact with each other like adults. What weakens the film is its 'twist' ending which feels extremely contrived and leaves us with a fairly anti-climactic ending to this particular movie. When factored in to the entire franchise, however, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is a nicely-orchestrated conclusion and leaves us completely satisfied with Twilight.



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