This movie starts where Breaking Dawn Part 1 left off, having Bella turned into a newborn ever since her devastating birth. She was going to die either way, so Edward had to change her to a vampire. Her new child, Renesmee, has been imprinted on by Jake. Because of this, he now follows her wherever she goes. Renesmee, also known as Ness, is not completely a vampire or completely a human, but rather a hybrid of the two. However, an old relative of the Cullens sees Ness playing in the snow and assumes she is a 100% vampire child. There is a dark history about these children vampires, so the Volturi steps in to kill Ness. The movie basically focuses on Bella trying to fit in as a newborn and the group trying to collect as many vampire comrades to witness the fact that Ness grows and is as much human as she is vampire.
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Action
Time: 1 hour 55 min
Series: Twilight #5
Based on: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Director: Bill Condon
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Plot +: The plot has really improved since the last movie and I think that it actually fits the original story of the Twilight series better. Instead of having the entire movie focused on one of the main protagonists, Bella in the case of the last movie, the plot is focused more on the additional character of Renesmee as well as the romance between Bella and Edward. After all, the movie is based on a romance book in the first place, might as well actually have it focus on romance.
Story -: I think story elements, such as Bella’s newfound vampire abilities, were not discussed enough. Her vampire abilities were just assumed. Although this is more of a problem with the book and not the movie, I do have to say that I felt that Bella’s abilities were a little ridiculous. Every vampire in the universe of vampires has had issues dealing with their new abilities, issues with controlling them. Bella miraculously has more control of herself than any other vampire even though she has never been a vampire before and even though she has never showed any sign of strength before.
Characters -: Ness is a completely new character and we don’t even know anything about her. The other characters are the same old and if you did not care about them before, you certainly won’t now.
Dialogue +: The dialogue posed no issues. The dialogue was smooth and every line flowed easily.
Music +: The music was actually pretty good. I can’t say that I remember any songs directly from my viewing but after listening to the soundtrack again, I found a lot of variety within the songs.
Special Effects -: The special effects were awkward throughout. This was true in the example of when Ness jumped into the air once. She just looked so weird while doing it.
Acting -: The acting is not terrible, but it feels forced throughout the movie. I don’t think any of the actors were really happy to be in it.
Errors +: I don’t recall any errors.
Camera +: The camera was pretty good throughout. There were other movies to the franchise that had bad camera angles, but Breaking Dawn Part 2 had nice camera angles.
Length +: I thought the length was fine and fitted the plot well. It didn’t feel too short or too long.
Humor -: I don’t remember anything funny happening. I understand that comedy is not a motive for this genre, but you can still have comedic moments in any genre.
Sound Quality +: The sound quality was fine; I never recalled any instances of issues understanding what was said.
Plot Consistency +: I thought the plot focus stayed consistent throughout.
Series Consistent +: This movie actually follows the world of Twilight more than the previous installment. The previous installment focused solely on Bella’s pregnancy. While that may be a hefty part of the book, it still derailed from the initial plot of Twilight.
Re-watch Ability -: This movie is one of the better installments of the series, but I still think that Eclipse is the one to watch among all of them.
Setting +: The setting was varied and enjoyable. Instead of just having the setting be the Cullen’s house, it is instead in places all over the world.
Quality Score: 7/10
Entertainment Score: 7/10
I don’t think this movie was too bad, for Twilight movies that is. For all Twilight movies, I still wouldn’t say to watch this movie over Eclipse, but if you look at my scores, they are pretty close. I suppose watch this movie if you’re looking for some series consistency, but if you are looking for a more enjoyable movie in general, watch Eclipse.