Twilight Lexicon Fansite Review Breaking Dawn Part 2

Along with other fansites, we had the opportunity to see Breaking Dawn Part 2. If anyone had any fears of being disappointed after seeing what Bill Condon did last year with Breaking Dawn Part 1, those fears should have been put to rest. Bill Condon has again delivered and amazingly detailed and action packed film filled with drama, romance, and tears.

Some mild spoilers lie ahead, so if you want to be completely spoiler free, best to stop reading now.

The film opens minutes after Bella’s transformation. Her eyes open and she is a vampire. Without question, we know this is a new Bella. She is graceful, confident (grabbing Edward in a back breaking hug), but even more clearly she a newborn vampire. There are moments in Bella’s first hunt where you can see the feral desperation of the newborn trying to quench her thirst.

Speaking of feral Bella, one of my favorite scenes in the novel Breaking Dawn is Bella confronting Jacob about imprinting on Nessie. Kristen Stewart is fantastic at playing protective mother. It’s one of those scenes where we not only get drama, but some of the great comedic talents of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner shining through. Deadpan humor by Edward as the scene unfolds is hilarious not to mention Bella throwing Jacob around like a rag doll.

One of the great things about the movie is early on there is a fair amount of comedy: Bella overpowering Edward, Bella beating Emmett at arm wresting, but the real standout is Jacob explaining to Charlie why things are different now with Bella. It’s a scene we only hear about in the novel because Bella wasn’t there to witness it. To quote Melissa Rosenberg, “It makes you wonder how that went down. Did he just burst into fur, or what?” He bursts into fur all right, but the conversation before that is a tribute to Billy Burke’s and Taylor Lautner’s comedic talents. The situation equally is awkward and hilariously funny.

Now don’t worry, the humor doesn’t overshadow other parts. There is romance. If fans thought the honeymoon was steamy, wait until the cottage scene. Vampire Edward and Bella the first time…yes, let you imagination go there. The movie delivers more than I thought would be possible in a PG-13 film.

Arguably the hardest part in this film is Renesmee. We’ve all probably had our doubts, is she cute and not creepy? Can she act? Is she too old? The movie magic the experts who brought us the Benjamin Button film managed is unreal. There are such touching moments from Bella holding her daughter the first time, to Renesemee playing the piano with Edward, to Bella telling Renesmee what her locket inscription means. MacKenzie Foy, who plays Renesmee, is gifted beyond her years.

Of course, as is the case in the novel, things don’t stay peaceful for the Cullens too long. Irina sees Renesmee at a distance and thinks she is an immortal child, setting the confrontation in the film into motion. Witness vampires must be obtained. There are some great scenes again with our view expanded beyond Bella’s. Carlisle and Esme travel to Egypt getting a first hand demo of Bejamin’s powers. Emmett and Roaslie hit New Orleans and get nomands including Garret, played with a rock and roll swagger by Lee Pace. Bella and Edward head North with Jacob to get the Denalis

The story of the Immortal children is told in a flashback scene using the Denali sisters, their mother, and Jane. It is equally gut-wrenching and terrifying. The ruthlessness of Volturi justice is clear. There is no margin for error, you disobey and you pay with your life in a gruesome end. We had a taste of vampire destruction in Eclipse, but Breaking Dawn ramps it up to a whole of visual and emotional level.

Of the new vampires, almost 30, there are some real stand outs. Lee Pace as Garrett instantly falls in love with Kate and the audience falls for him. Joe Anderson’s Alistair is the perfect foil to Cullen optimism. However, the most memorable are, as Jacob puts it “Dracula one and two”. Noel Fisher and Guri Weinberg are outstanding as the Romanian coven, especially as they tell of their former days of glory. The one regret I had watching the film, was that we don’t get to see more of the individual vampires. They are all there, but they are so real you want more of each. Of course that would have resulted in a nine-hour movie, but still you are left wanting more time with each of them.

Now much has been made of the “battle scene” which granted is not in the books. As a fan, I can tell you I was mesmerized, completely transfixed wanting to know what happend next. The sequences are incredibly detailed. When time comes for the DVD, I’ll be hitting pause and rewind to catch what is happening to individuals over the broad space. The scene not only pulls on your heartstrings but will have you cheering and fist pumping the air. The two standouts are Ashley Greene as Alice and MyAnna Buring as Tanya, vengeance is theirs! How does this all reconcile with what is in the books? It does, that’s all I’ll say without spoiling the ending, but it does. In fact it’s a really, really satisfying reconciliation.

Eventually Bella and Edward get their happily ever after. Bella removing her shield is done in a wonderful and touching way. Bill Condon really has a gift for knowing what will touch fans’ hearts and he does it here. They have their perfect piece of forever, and fans will leave the theatre misty-eyed if not out-in-out weepy.

Comments

  1. Okay there is 2more days. I feel like I’ll give in and read this but I need to be strong!! Ahhhh! You guys are sooo lucky!

  2. Rockstar9009 says:

    I am nervous about the ending everyone is talking about! I don’t feel like I should be crying at the end. I’m getting more nervous than excited. Breaking Dawn is my favorite book, I don’t want the movie to ruin it by killing off a character or completely altering the end :(

  3. Do they include the boy who is like Nessie? He practically saved the day. He’s the one Alice went to get, what about J Jenks? I liked him too. Why does it look like so many against them in battle when in book a lot dropped out? I can’t WAIT till Friday am, I’m seeing it then :-)

    • Nahuel and J Jenks are both in the movie. The J Jenks scene is slightly different than the books (more streamlined). I actually liked the movie version better than the book version. It has (I think ) a bigger emotional impact.

      • Olympic Coven says:

        I just don’t want our main characters to get killed off in the real battle (minus Irina as she sadly died in the book). I know in Alice’s vision in the book we never saw what it was but I can only imagine the worst and that will be one part we see on the screen. Hopefully the actual “battle” will mirror more of the book where Nahuel and Huilen come with Alice and Jasper.

  4. Awww reading this brought me to tears already. I am definitely going to have to prepare mentally and emotionally for this film. I’m so excited to see it but extremely heartbroken that its coming to an end. Twilight will live forever in my heart. Thank you Stephanie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner for the amazing gift and passion you have dedicated and put into these films. I am a Twihard forever!!

  5. Wow! That was an amazing review. Now I know it’ll be worth the usual ten times I see a Twilight film and this one sounds like it is the best of the films. Everyone last night from the Yahoo movies team was gushing about it,so it must be really cool. Can’t wait to see that hot Vampire cottage action,if it’s as steamy as you say it is. Bella and Edward are going to burn up the theater. Bill Condon did an amazing job with part 1,so I have no worries about how great part 2 is going to be.

  6. I will definitely miss The Twilight Saga!

  7. I was like no im not goin to read this but then on my way down to look at the comments i stopped n had a sneak peak somewhere in the middle but when i read something i dont want to no till i c the film (at midnight of course :D ) i regained control of my hand and quickly kept scrolling down b4 i read to much :P phew… :P this is hard, im trying so hard not to scroll back up :P maybe i should just close this page and come back on Friday and read it then :P

    • AMAZING FILM!!!!!! i was was the edge of my seat with the battle scene actually screaming a little at points as well with shock and happiness and amazement… Bill Condon u worried me to start with but OMG U are incredable, i couldn’t have hoped for a better ending. I was in tears, it was emotional.

  8. I don’t think they will kill off any of the main characters. I think Stephenie would really have put up a fuss if they had tried to do that. With Stephenie being involved so much and the great job Condon did on the part 1, I think we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. I’m thinking the crying part will be the bittersweet of closure instead of grief because they messed up the last movie.
    Thanks for posting this. I don’t mind spoilers because I’ve read the books and essentially I know what will happen. The spoilers posted here aren’t really spoiling anything. I’m not worried at all about this one but will be very sad to see it end.

    • Rockstar9009 says:

      You’re probably right. I think I’m just nervous because I want it to be good more than anything. I like the first four films, so I should put my reservations to the side and get excited about the final film.

  9. Going to buy tickets today, for our traditional ladies afternoon with Edward; first started 5 years ago, and now concluding this Friday.
    Excited, anxious, and melancholy all at the same time. Excited about yet another Twilight movie, anxious about the known changes at the end, and melancholy, because it’s the end of Bella and Edward on the big screen.

    • Olympic Coven says:

      We do that in our office too. There’s two of us that act more like teenagers than grown women but the other women get a kick out seeing us behave that way. Kleenex anyone?

  10. Excellent review. Some of my concerns are alleviated. Here’s to the final chapter in this spectacular journey. Cheers

    • Me too. Thanks Lexicon. Now my only worry is the fans and how much noise they will make in the theater. I am going to the marathon on Thursday and I want to hear the actors not screaming fans. Maybe I’m just worried for nothing because when I saw BD pt 1 two days after release, the theater was packed but everyone was quiet watching the film. Hopefully that will be this time too. Stephenie Meyer just said in an interview that she would never see another film on opening night because of the fan noise. Laughter and crying I can deal with but not all the talking and screaming. Oh well, I will see it again a few days later anyway so I can catch anything I missed then. Thanks Stephenie for a great ride.

  11. I hope there’s Nahuel, though sadly I think he may not have may it to the script.

    Thanks so much for the review!

  12. Thanks for the great review!

    I hope they have Nahuel, since he’s a pivotal part of the resolution, and possibly Reneesme’s future, but I have a feeling he may not have made the script.

  13. So here’s the real question. What’s gonna happen to the lexicon… there isn’t movies …or stuff…that’s what’s gonna make me sad.

  14. I have ONE concern…
    I’ve read that Alice has a vision at the end of the film about Renesmee and Jacob (or, at least the are in it). This can’t be, because Alice Can’t see the wolves OR Renesmee.
    PLEASE! Please clarify this!!

    ALSO, Alice CAN’T SEE THE WOLVES so how will a vision of the battle work out?

    • I guess we’ll know how that bit of movie magic works come Friday.

    • She only can’t see them on their territory. She can see them as humans when they aren’t in La Push

      • Not true. The whole reason that Alice couldn’t predict the battle with the newborns was because the wolves were involved.

        • And yet in the books Alice & Edward never have hands laid on them by other vamps because of their powers but Alice is grabbed & held and Edward basically gets his butt kicked in New Moon. Same with the fight scenes in Eclipse & BDP2. This is hardly the first time the script has allowed things that could/would never happen in the books.

  15. Twilibrarian says:

    Thanks for the review, spoilers and all. You’ve allayed my fears of Renesmee and straying from the book. What I would like to publicly acknowledge is the two creators/site gurus who have kept this site up and running since Twilight burst on the scene. Your collective integrity in always seeking out the truth, and giving the Twihards a glimpse into Stephenie Meyer’s world, as well as the characters and stars we have all come to know and love is most appreciated. Bravo! Two thumbs up!

    • Yes, she can’t see the wolves at all…remember, she says she didn’t see Bella get pulled out of the water. And said she spent in her time in the Amazon looking for something she couldn’t see.
      I’m not sure how they’ve worked it out, but I’m sure it’ll be epic!

  16. Its amazing! Bring tissue my friends….

    Thanks to the ladies of The Lex for all of your hard work! Your review was great and I have loved coming to the site over the last few years. Hugs!

  17. Siounds so exciting!
    Breaking Dawn is actually out here (Netherlands) already (yesterdaynight) and I’m seeing it in the cinema this afternoon. Strange though cause i thought the American release date was for tomorrow/Friday?

  18. I watched it last night (in the Netherlands – premiere 2 days before US ;P )
    The battle scene was excellent! Anyway I was sooo shocked when it started that I really couldn’t breathe. I wanted to cry but I just couldn’t – I was just looking at the screen and repeating: “OMG, What the hell, Please don’t die”
    Carlisle & Jasper – how could you scare me so much!?
    I’m still in shock, but I have to watch it again!

  19. Sooo agree with you Mlj! Just seen it today and all I got to say is wow- just wow. I also understand now what Bill Condon said about something in the books that was a minor detail in the book, but actually pretty significant in the film.

    I won’t say more in case people haven’t seen it yet, but you’re gonna love it!! Its awesome!

  20. VERYY WELL SAID INDEED!!! I just watched it today and I fell in love with the movie and Bill Condon!!! ? but what fears did fans have with Breaking Dawn Part 1?? Cz an sure I didn’t have a SINGLE critism to give him he really knows what he’s doing!!!
    I never cried in a moviee but I did in this onee, the forever-letting-Edward-in-her-head scene iss AWESOMEE and rlly saad!!! Am definitely watching it over and over again and when the DVD comes out am definitely rewinding the battle scene!!! That scene KILLED I was screaming and thrashing and was shocked with mouth hanging open literally altho I had a doubt that it wasn’t what it was but it looked TOO REAL
    God!! My obsession over this movie would never end I could keep talking about how awesome it is till tomorrow!!! For those of u who haven’t watched it yet, ur into a treat of full-blown action-packed movie with lots of laughs and tears!!! ? am so sad to see twilight over but twi-hards never diee it’ll always live in our hearts, best five years of my lifee!!??

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