Oh, my, what a cheat is in store for viewers of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.”
I have found the sequels to the original “Twilight” film interesting, but less than stellar. This one, however, is especially disappointing because of its self-mocking moments and a finale that, well, really isn’t one. Twihards, I’m sure, will love it, but others who are not as devoted will feel robbed of the drama and romance that made the first movie such a hit.
This segment has a lot of humor at the beginning as “newborn” Bella (Kristen Stewart) begins to find her way among the world of vampires. She possesses incredible physical strength — even more than her husband Edward — and uses her strength in competitions, with Edward (Robert Pattinson) standing by, a sly smile on his face.
Never has being undead appeared to be more beautiful. Bella can see and hear everything around her with startling clarity, and she begins to take this in even before she makes her first kill. She must learn to control her hunger, but she has Edward for a coach.
Of course werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is on hand, too, to continue his relationship with the couple’s baby daughter, who grows at an incredible rate. Because she’s half-human, Bella and Edward worry that this might be an indication her life span will be brief.
Their little girl has drawn the attention of the Volturi, the reigning group of vampires who ensure that their laws are obeyed. Michael Sheen returns as Aro and gives a performance that can’t be considered as anything but campy and over-the-top. Much of his dialogue is ridiculous, and he delivers it outrageously, with a wink and nod to its silliness. Speaking of which, Lautner’s obligatory shirt removal drew huge laughs in the audience of which I was a part.
A battle scene toward the end is pretty cool and rather grisly. These vampires don’t die easily, nor do they simply keel over. Their deaths are quite the spectacle. The war rages on until a reveal that’s a huge letdown.
Finally, there’s the silly relationship between a grown man and a child. This just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get past the “eww” quotient in this situation. It’s just one factor that creates a fizzler of a finale for this franchise.