Curtains close on the Twilight Saga


Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattiinson star in the “Breaking Dawn” from Summit Entertainment
Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is the end of another book to film era. Only a year after the “Harry Potter” books left theatres, Bella and Edward faced their final challenge and depart from the big screen.

Picking up where the last movie picked up, Bella Swan has finally made her transition to vampire life. The film quickly moves through her taking her place amongst the Cullen’s and meeting her daughter, Renesmee for the first time. It is during this time that the Cullen’s garner the less than friendly attention of the Volturi, led by the deliciously crazed Michael Sheen as Aro.

The race against time sets in as the Cullen’s gather friends as witnesses to the danger presented by the uncertainty Renesmee presents to the vampire community. The many characters introduced in the book are brought to life, from the Amazons to the creepy Romanians.

After a surprise desertion by familiar characters, the Volturi arrive. The wolves and vampires stand together against the rulers of the vampire world and the talking begins. What made the book anti-climatic has been transformed into something to please all fans.

After the lengthy scene in the field, the part concerning the wolves, in the book, was cut down to one snarky comment by Caius in the film. Caius’ enemies have always been the Children of the Moon, or werewolves, and by this time Aro figured out that the wolves are not werewolves in the typical sense, but are shape shifters, as the tribal line picked its form.

The end of the film will have all moviegoers on the edge of their seats. The shock of what happens will hit fans of the book like a freight train.

The worst part of the film was the aging of Renesmee. Through filming, actors used faceless dolls to take the place of the baby, and post-production inserted a face. Editors took Mackenzie Foy, the actress playing Renesmee, and placed her face onto a baby doll. The result is less than impressive.

The acting of the main actors has increased in quality over the five films, and is at its best in the final film. The best actor of the film is Michael Sheen as the bemused Aro, who has grown bored in his long life. Sheen plays him as slightly crazed, bringing out the childish enthusiasm of all things, especially destruction.

Alec and Bella’s powers are both mental powers, so effects were added to the film to give the powers a c­orporeal feel as they stretched over the field.

Some of the best scenes from the movie were straight from the book, such as Bella and Emmett’s arm wrestling scene, Aro’s enthusiasm at encountering something new and when the vampires are first encountering Renesmee.

The movie is PG-13 for violence, sensuality and partial nudity, like the hilarious scene when Jacob starts stripping in front of Charlie Swan, to demonstrate the weirdness of the world he thought was normal all along.

The film is a bit more graphic in the violence department. Beheadings are clearly shown, as the frozen vampires heads come off easily and cleanly.

Bella and Edward’s first time in the cottage as a vampire couple is shown much as their love scene in the first movie was, as whispers and flashes of skin. Part One treated the love scene as a memory, or a dream and it was less focused. Part Two reflects Bella’s sharpened senses, so the scene is sharper in focus and more expressive of the characters as they fall into their rightful place.

The film is a shocking and exciting end to the saga. Fans are sure to be delighted, even with the changes made in the adaptation. First-timers to the series should check out the previous film before attending, as there is no break, or any explanation of the events leading to this movie, and can be confusing for those not familiar with the series.

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