Twihards are going to be in for a real treat, as the latest and last in the four part Twilight series finally hits cinema screens this weekend, and word is, this is the best of all four films. Breaking Dawn Part 2 starts up where Part 1 left off, with Bella Swan having now married Edward Cullen, given birth to a hybrid half human, half vampire offspring and becoming a vampire herself to prevent her untimely death in childbirth. The story now revolves around their beautiful daughter named Renesmee Cullen played by Mackenzie Foy. Bella and her daughter are seen by a Cullen family member who mistakenly believes that Renesmee is an “immortal child” (an immortal child is one who has been turned into a vampire and could risk exposing the existence of vampires to humans). This is reported back to the Volturi, the vampire elite and police force, who are known for their ruthless handling of similar situations. The Volturi now see the daughter as a threat to their kind and this leads to a showdown between them and Bella and Edward.
Meanwhile, werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who once competed for Bella’s charms back in the day, now has a new role of ‘protector’ over their child, as he has ‘imprinted’ himself on the daughter.
This means he will now serve to look after her for life, so he too is drawn into the attack by the Volturi, led by the deliciously over the top Michael Sheen in surely his best role ever as Aro, vampire extraordinare. The vampire clan of the Cullens are now in cahoots with Jacob and his werewolf buddies, and travel around the world, eliciting help from other vampires in order to protect their daughter.
As Twihards will know, that is the basic story but from here on, director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg deviate from the book and completely change the ending. Which, as we know, to true Twilight fans, this would be a huge risk, but, as the trailers have been saying, it has all been leading to this moment. And the moment is a huge bloody showdown between the two vampire clans. The twist in the plot neither detracts from the film or the books, it adds to the story and is a fantastic completion to the series.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 is where Bella Swan notably comes alive. No longer is she a surly angst ridden teenager, but now she is a vampire mother fighting for the life of her daughter, it’s as if shallow skinned Edward doesn’t matter anymore! She has more important things to worry about. This is definitely Bella’s time to sparkle. There are some dodgy moments, such as the weird CGI effects of their daughter and a wonderfully camp caricature strip down from Lautner, but the ending and the bold twist of the plot means this is probably the best of all four Twilights.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” is out now.