Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on November 23, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, Stephenie Meyer
DIRECTOR – Bill Condon
WRITER – Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer (Based on Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer)
CAST – Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Micheal Sheen
MUSIC – Carter Burwell
After several obstacles, life-threatening situations and severe identity crises, the romance saga of Edward and Bella finds it finale in the second part of Breaking Dawn. Bella has transformed into a vampire (as seen in part-1) after giving birth to Renesmee but the child’s identity poses a threat to the very survival of the family. The Volturi suspects her to be an immortal child, (a rare breed of a human bitten by a vampire) known to be a threat to the vampire class. Renesmee has special powers which seem to be a little more special than those possessed by vampires. Bella, a new-born vampire at the height of her powers vows to protect her child from all danger and the family along with the werewolf pack led by Jacob, sets out on the mission.
For the finale, Bella, the perpetual damsel in distress turns into a warrior with her proud husband rooting for her. With her we discover her new avatar, and it is almost refreshing to see her take charge rather than simply simpering in confusion. She has a lot to do because not only are the Volturi a formidable opponent but her mission itself appears to be so. She needs to gather as many witnesses as possible who can vouch for her child not being an immortal. The family puts their resources together travelling all over the world for support, an aspect that is swept through swiftly. The Volturi, of course won’t be so easily convinced and hence follows a little more drama until the predictable end unfolds.
For most part, Breaking Dawn-part sails along aimlessly. It is a while before we are introduced to the impending danger on the Cullen paradise and within that time, the film offers little to keep us engaged. Bella settling into her new identity is treated more as a class in newly-acquired vampire-ism than a taut expose of identity-change, taking away all the edge of the curiosity part-1 had built.
Unfortunately, this lax tone continues right till the end, seeping into the rather unconventional yet tepid climatic face-off with the Volturi. There are vampires of all types, with all type of powers gathered, staking their lives for Renesmee and each contributes towards the winning of the final battle. But nothing comes together as a suitably resounding clash of magical powers. There just simply isn’t enough drama or edgy excitement anywhere.
Now that they are free to love each other any way they want to, Edward and Bella appear more relaxed about their conjugal life together. Unfortunately, this dilutes the sexual tension between the two that Twilight Saga had become famous for. Robert Pattinson is serviceable as Edward cheering his wife from the wings as he lets Kristen Stewart take centre-stage. But the lady simply isn’t fierce enough for us to applaud. Neither is Michael Sheen as Aro, leader of the Volturi menacing enough in his agenda against the Cullens. Taylor Lutner’s Jacob, now besotted by Renesmee after he imprinted on her at birth, has little to do except be her guardian, like Edward.
The finale may have been intended to be less dramatic in its book-form story but unfortunately and intentions apart, there is simply nothing grand about it.