Four years after the release of the first movie, the fifth and final installment of the Twilight saga is upon us. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 not only does fantastic justice to the series as a whole, but the movie itself is astounding and by far the most epic movie in the franchise.
With an opening kickoff sequence nearly identical to the first movie Twilight, it is clear that Breaking Dawn will be as captivating as its earlier precedents. Seeing the world through new vampire Bella’s eyes immediately puts the audience in a prime position of feeling like they are a part of the movie themselves. From the adrenaline driven first hunt to the epic battle scene nearing the movies end, Breaking Dawn is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
However, Breaking Dawn is more than animal hunting and vampire battles. There is also sweetness in seeing Bella and Edward with their fast growing daughter Renesmee, and watching the three of them bond as a family. Of course, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of another love scene between the new Mr. and Mrs. Cullen; only this time there’s no tantalizing fear of crushing Bella on Edward’s part. Never-the-less the scene was handled with the same tastefulness and respect for the audience as the honeymoon scene in part one.
With Bella and Edward being married and now having a daughter, those who haven’t read the book may believe that to be the central plot of part two, but it’s not. So what’s the big twist? The Volturi make their return to the franchise from New Moon intending to kill Renesmee since they believe that she is an immortal child, thus breaking one of the vampire’s laws. With the urgency of the impending battle and the threat to their future existence, the Cullens set off on a fast paced race against time to assemble family that will stand behind them against the forces of the Volturi.
What culminates as a result of gathering their family is an enormous battle scene. From a vampire with the ability to manipulate the elements to one with the ability to block others’ senses, the supernatural powers all add to what shall forever be remembered as the most action packed scene of any of the Twilight movies. Vampires getting torn to pieces, werewolves being crushed and the ground breaking into a fiery pit all combine to leave any Twihard breathless.
The ending montage highlighting Bella and Edward’s history, set to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”, was the perfect way to end the final movie. But is this really the last we’ve seen of any of these characters? Well, if Alice’s vision of Renesmee as an adult is any indicator, there may be a continuation some time in the future.