Bella, Edward and Jacob are back for the final installment of the popular Twilight series, called "Breaking Dawn: Part 2." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following movie review.
I'll tell you right of the bat that I'm not a big fan of the Twilight series. In fact, the last installment, Breaking Dawn Part 1, topped my worst movie of the year list. So imagine my surprise when I wound up actually liking the final chapter.
When we last left the Cullen family, Bella and Edward got married, Bella became a vampire and there's a baby on board, named Renesmee, who's a half breed.
The first half of the movie is kind of dull, but definitely more lively than the previous films. Why? Well, Bella has now become a kick-ass vampire. She's developed superpower strength and she's having a great time beating up almost everyone.
Also making this whole experience better is Kristin Stewart, who, as a vampire, is finally happy. So instead of moping around, like she did in all the previous movies with a dour, sullen, one note look on her face, she actually smiles here.
Pattinson, along with Taylor Lautner as wolf boy Jacob, are merely used as eye candy and as usual, their dialogue is dopey.
Based on Stephanie Meyer's best selling books, the really slow moments are when the storyline focuses on Bella and Edward's romance. But the legions of fans of this series will probably delight in that.
Where "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" takes a 180 from its predecessors is in its final half. There's a climatic, action packed showdown between the Italian Volturi vampire clan and the Washington state-based blood suckers. It's well done, and Michael Sheen, who plays the leader of the Volturi, gives a terrific performance which is campy and fun.
In fact, fun, is a word I never thought I'd use to describe a Twilight movie, But the second half is just that. So much so, that I can forgive the flat first half. Plus there's a surprise twist, which I'm won't give away, that's also quite entertaining.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 3 Apples