CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It is an event most preteen and teenage girls were waiting for, a finale that avid book readers were craving, an ending parents were anticipating. And at ten o'clock Thursday, we got exactly what we were expecting.
"Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" will fill fans with a tornado of emotions, from excitement to anger to hate to sadness to glee. I can say truly that everybody who sees this movie will not only be surprised but also pleased with how it ends the famous Twilight Saga.
"Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" left us with so many questions as we watched Bella (Kristen Stewart) morph into the creature she had craved to be since she first found out that her beloved, Edward (Robert Pattinson), was one -- a vampire. Also, we can't forget the biggest part of that ending: the birth of Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee.
"Par 2" begins with Bella awaking to find herself a cold-blooded vampire. She is discovering her strength but, more importantly, her thirst.
It's at this point that the special effects get a little weird. We all remember the first movie when Edward was running through the forest and only his legs were moving in super speed. How could we forget? Well, unfortunately, the running effects have not improved much. Now, instead of their bodies moving too fast, it's the woods.
Also, when Bella first meets Renesmee, it did not look like a real baby at all! Luckily, since Renesmee is half-vampire, half-human, her body grows super fast, and by the end of the movie she looks like an 8-year-old kid (played by Mackenzie Foy).
What drives the entire plot is when another vampire sees Renesmee and assumes that she is an immortal child. This is bad because immortal children cannot be controlled, nor can they keep the vampire secret. Also, it is against vampire law to turn a child into a vampire.
That vampire travels to Italy to tell Aro (Michael Sheen) and the Volturi the news. Aro is delighted because you can tell from the other movies that he has been dying to find a reason to attack the Cullens.
Back in Forks, Wash., the Cullens have assembled a group of witnesses to testify that Renesmee is not an immortal child. At that time, when their family needs them the most, Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) disappear and are not seen again for a very long time.
Among the group on the Cullens' side is Jacob's wolf pack, which is helping primarily to defend Renesmee. That's because our heartthrob werewolf (Taylor Lautner) has developed a special "attachment" to the girl, which you know about if you've read the books and will find out about in the movie.
Meanwhile, the Volturi are assembling their own, much larger group of witnesses to show that justice has been served. When the two groups meet, it took everyone in the audience at my showing by surprise. My mouth literally dropped, and people threatened to leave the theater. Everyone was mad and close to tears. Then, the excitement in the theater stopped, and we felt kind of foolish for getting so worked up.
To me, this movie is the perfect ending to the Twilight Saga. It is very creatively done. Even though some of the acting lacks talent and depth (would we expect anything else from the cast?) and the effects are kind of cheesy, it is a great movie. I would suggest it to anyone, even those who aren't diehard fans like myself, though you'll need to see the other four first, of course, so you're not lost.