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Jacob Black, the large wolf, (Taylor Lautner), Bella Cullen (Kirsten Steward),Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy), Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and followers prepare for battle with the Volturi.

Twilight saga's grand finally goes out whimpering

Dec. 4, 2012, 11:15 a.m.

After years of fives movies, shirtless men, teen angst and screaming tweens, the Twilight Saga finally, finally came to a screeching conclusion that had been anticipated since the first wobbled into theaters.

Unlike most franchises that leave an emotional bruise on your chest that will live forever, “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2” left nothing but a series of movies that demonstrated emotionless characters, poor visuals and lessons on how not to act.

No surprises in second part of 'Breaking Dawn'

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The Volturi, on the other end of the battlefield, going into to battle with confidence. (From left to right: Alec (Cameron Bright), Marcus (Christopher Hyerdahl), Aro (Michael Sheen) , Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower), and Jane (Dakota Fanning).

“Part 2” started directly where “Part 1” left off with Bella (Kirsten Stewart) awakening from her post-birth slumber to discover she is now, gasp, a vampire. What proceeded started the film to an inappropriately strange and hyperactive note that involved Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson) rushing through the forest, and within a few short minutes, she discovered her powers, almost attacked a mountain climber and killed a mountain lion. She looked more constipated than blood-thirsty.

From that tone, the movie quickly began to move at a glacial pace wherein Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and the rest of the Cullen Family simply narrated what was going on; Bella’s now a vampire and now has a child—Renesmee—with Edward.

The child in question was digitally rendered in toddler formed and similarly enhanced as she rapidly aged. Apparently, getting real children to play different ages in her life was out of the question.

Soon word reached the Volturi, a secret and royal vampire clan, that Bella and Edward had a child and the Volturi plan to execute the child just as they’d done in the past to other children of the same breeding. This propelled the movie into a finale frame of mind that ended with an enormous battle. More on that later.

Nothing but putting end to story

Bella (Kirsten Steward) sees her father, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), for the first time after turning into a vampire.

What was troubling about the final installment was it couldn’t be farther from just that. There was a stagnant sense of nothing happening. Characters were not deeply explored; plot lines were not brought in for a final revelation, and a sense of the forthcoming doom couldn’t feel more distant.

Everything was set in place and stayed there.

Even the love between Bella and Edward seemed vague as the passionate scenes they spent together were either silly or boring. They had finally reached that level of marriage where they could look at one another and just say, “’Sup?” Many new characters were introduced in Cullen’s attempt to find bodies to fight against the Volturi, but all but one got less than just being on screen. Even old characters like Jane (Dakota Fanning) and the formally important Jacob were nothing less than statues or voices of support.

The fact that Jacob would soon be dating Bella and Edward’s now 7-year-old daughter was not validated for the many who found it rather creepy.

Like a father whose son wanted to do gymnastics, we just had to shut our mouths and accept it.

Then, out of nowhere the talking stopped, and the villains made the last of their three appearances, and the battle began (after more talking, of course). This was where the movie earned any stripes. Though, again, the characters were given little respect as some were just picked off without any intensity or sense of peril. The battle seemed hastily put together and presented with a stock score. There were not moments when the lead characters gave speeches to one another as if this could be the end and displayed their passion out for all to see. But it was the only action in the whole movie and gave a slight sense of intensity and was more violent than expected. Then the stake to the heart arrived when a certain twist was revealed, and all sense of loss, distress and epic closure were wiped clean. It reinforced the feeling of a lack of passion or gravitas that should have been present. The lasting result was an anticlimactic ending, and all the bad in their world is gone, if it ever existed or was witnessed. Whether it was the lack of expectation or affection for the film, the ability to sit through it was easier than previous installments. The final minute or two was also sweet, but only so.

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Odd family happiness: Bella (Kirsten Stewart), Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) share a moment of bliss.

Twilight did not fulfill its potential

It seems as if I am being too harsh, which might be true. But after five movies of watching what could be great material in the right hands go to waste, a harsh opinion felt honest. The “Twilight” movies have suffered from actors, directors and writers who did not seem to care about how this story was handled or paced and just wanted to market to the target audience, throw in a bunch of modern songs for albums, then get out of Dodge.

This entry should have been a flurry of emotional weight with an epic scale that put it all in jeopardy, which at the end caused the characters who survived to look back in horror and regret all, to look into the eyes of the person they love and see what it was all worth fighting for, and then look to the future with hope. Though in a way this did happen, it did not. Everyone got what they wanted and lived happily ever after with no consequences.

The audiences will love it, which earns it points, but only the audiences who have been in love with the books before they were movies. This is simply because of the emphasis on teen love that probably does not exist wrapped in a safe journey with a few bumps along the way.

It’s a shame Frodo, Anakin Skywalker or Harry Potter didn’t have the same luck.

C-


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