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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Release Date 16 Nov 2012 TBA

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Bella is enjoying her new life and new powers, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee. Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens - together with any allies they can assemble - are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family

Cast:
Kristen Stewart | Robert Pattinson | Taylor Lautner | Ashley Greene

Writers:
Melissa Rosenberg | Stephenie Meyer

Producers:
Wyck Godfrey | Stephenie Meyer | Karen Rosenfelt

Directors:
Bill Condon

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART TWO (USA/12A/115mins)

Directed by Bill Condon. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz.

THE PLOT: More shit hits the fans, as proud parents Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) have to rally their vampire clan to protect their half-human, half-vampire offspring, Renesmee, from the Volturi – the ruling council of the vampire world. Renesmee has been mistaken for an immortal child, and now, well, the Cullens have to gather some character witnesses. Who will testify before the Volturi that, hey, Renesmee is really one of them.

Who doesn’t want to see a fantasy adventure culminating in a fraught council meeting? George Lucas would be proud of such writing…

THE VERDICT: Hurrah! It’s the movie that brought us Jackson Rathbone! And Taylor Lautner! And Ashley Greene! God, this cast sucks.

Stewart has shown she has some kind of career outside of the Twilight franchise – largely playing variations on the theme of Little Girl Horny – but, given the string of flops he’s headed up outside of being Edward Cullen, poor Bobby Pattinson seems destined to become the next Mark Hamill.

This is, reportedly, the last of the Twilight films, although, I’m sure, once Meyer – aka Dan Brown In A Dress - struggles to have any other kind of success, that offspring could provide an offshoot. Either way, this particular film franchise is, of course, critic-proof. Dissing a Twilight film isn’t going to make a heap of difference. You might as well get up on your roof and tell the world that the new Justin Bieber record really isn’t all that rockin’.

Young and old tweens - and the bored housewives (Meyer’s 50 Shades Of Dull having actually inspired EL James) - will head out to this in their droves. Even those who know, deep down, that the Twilight movies make the Potter big-screen outings look like Heimat. In the US, this is expected to hit a franchise best opening weekend of $150m.

If you do go, be sure to avoid Mark Kermode, the ‘50s throwback having just come out, once again, as a major fan of the Cullen clan and their soul-sucking adventures. His main defense seems to be that, hey, this is a series catering to a major market, the teenage girl, and we should respect that. In truth, most people go simply because they’ve seen the others. I’ve met no sane person, young or old, smart or thick, who actually loves the Twilight movies.

But, hey, is it any good, I hear you yell. Well, it’s a little bit better than the last one. Which means it’s not actually that bad. If you’ve seen the others. And you’re a bit thick. RATING: 2/5

Review by Paul Byrne 

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    darthrodney

    Just when you thought they couldn’t get any worse ... this succeeds in surpassing the predecessors in the franchise with its utter shambolic direction, ham-fisted editing , crow barred in soundtrack ... pitiful acting ... and turgid so called “dialogue”. All that and throw in a CGI baby that’s the weirdest and most unsettling baby since Trainspottings ceiling baby ... and I’ve still barely scraped the surface of this gold plated turd of a movie. At least the battle scene is ok, thats about the only half decent thing in it ... AWFUL!!

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.

    BIGBADBRIAN

    3 stars for being hilarious. Honestly, this is top stuff. The whole movie is weird. I can't believe it's so popular and mainstream. Besides the weird CGI throughout the movie, and it's everywhere, there's also the creepy (imprints) love thing between Jacob whos in his 20's and the baby/ 8 year old girl. It's whats weird that had me going. This is funny and brilliant for al the wrong reasons. If you are actually an actual proper fan of the series, I suggest therapy.

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    weewoo

    Crap don't waste your time!

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    WildRose86

    Absolutely astoundingly brilliant and delighted from this film - its over! Added star just for that!! No more need for this franchise to continue to exist!! A boring, dull as dishwater final installment of the entire "saga" of vampires, werewolves, supernatural beings and beautiful snow covered landscapes. The new, young family have to prtect their young from some big group of superior vampires leading to a grand finale battle royale. Yet it leaves you feeling like a shrivelled up husk of misery. The Twihards may even find the ending that bit terrible, as you're lead completely up the garden path and everything is dashed. All in all, see it if you've seen the rest. Avoid like the plague if you've no interest. You will catch something!

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    Amandareid007

    We made it, guys! It's finally here! The final Twilight movie! I'm not one of the crazy Twihards but I've kind of enjoyed these films. Sure, they weren't the greatest. The acting and dialogue were hokey but the Twilight films aren't some of the worst I've seen. I had fun with Breaking Dawn - Part 2. It's not the greatest

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    Marty hanratty

    Overall, not the best or worst of the series, but for a saga finale it was underwhelming, where it had potential to go out on a bang it was more of a whimper.

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    mart

    After the laborious exposition of "Part 1," "Part 2" is able to reap the benefits, tying together some disparate threads and providing real action at the end.

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    Onionhead

    The finale is a doozy, almost certain to be satisfying to fans and impressive even to the casual "Twilight" viewer. But so much of what comes before that payoff...is mundane, dull, all talk and no action.

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    filmbuff2011

    And so it ends... After 4 books, 5 films, millions of dollars at the box office and countless screams of teenage girls, it's time to say goodbye to Twilight. Finally. Maybe now vampires can go back to being the bloodthirsty undead, allergic to sunlight and not of the sparkly variety. To be fair, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is better than the dreary, morbid Part 1. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is now a vampire and "the same temperature" as Edward (Robert Pattinson). Their half-breed daughter Renesmee grows at a frightening rate, so Jacob (Taylor Lautner) "imprints" himself on her and becomes her guardian. The Volturi led by Aro (Michael Sheen) perceive a threat to all vampires and head to the Pacific Northwest for a final showdown to decide Renesmee's fate. There's a sense of fun to be had early on in the film, as Bella discovers her new powers. The plot threads gradually tighten, building to an anti-climax that is a bit of a cheat really. The series ends not with a bang like Harry Potter but with a soppy whimper. It's telling that the best acting comes courtesy of human characters like Charlie (Billy Burke), while the Cullens still look like stiff models from a fashion catalogue. The whole plot is just laughable really. What started as a sensitive exploration of teenage desire in Catherine Hardwicke's first film has become a conveyor-belt of increasing nonsense. Still, it'll make millions and spawn imitators. Twi-Hards will no doubt want to add 3 more stars to this rating. For the rest of us non-believers, go see a real film like The Master instead.

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.

    mell61

    So it comes to an end. You either bought into the story or you didn't. If you did, this was a good ending to the story, better than the book in many ways, with a decent battle scene. The acting is still ropey, but if you are a fan you don't care. If you didn't buy in, you're next door in Skyfall!